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Fun Budget Rainy Day Activities for Children

Updated on March 1, 2016
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Decorate Gingerbread People

Now, there’s so much to do in the kitchen. Let’s get the ‘mandatory rainy day baking activity’ out of the way first! Children love this one...

You’ll need:

Gingerbread people
Colourful tubes of writing icing
Your imagination!

You can make your own gingerbread people, of course. There’s a pile of fun to be had in weighing out ingredients and mixing everything together. However, unless you have a great gingerbread person cutter, things can get a bit fiddly.

There is a great gingerbread people recipe available here on Jamie Oliver’s site, however, whenever I’ve done this activity I’ve cheated and bought some perfectly made gingerbread people. I also buy small tubes of ready to use piped writing icing.

Once you have your baked and cooled gingerbread people, the fun can really start. You can decorate them with all kinds of clothing, hair, facial expressions – the only limit is your imagination!

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Play the Sticky Note Game!

I’ve had hours of fun with this one! Such simple fun can be had with a few sticky notes and a bit of humour.

You’ll need:

Plenty of sticky notes, such as Post-it notes
A pen or pencil for each person
Two or more people

The game is really easy, and such entertainment. First, each person takes a sticky note. They then write or draw something on the paper, making sure that no one else can see what they have done. The possibilities are endless. For example you could write the name of a famous person (Barack Obama) or draw something (a burger).

When everyone has written down their subject, they must stick the sticky note on the forehead of someone else. All players must shield their sticky note from view until it is safely upon the person’s forehead – they’ll never see it once it is there!

When all players have a sticky note on their forehead, everyone must take turns to ask questions in order to determine who or what they are. The person asking the question can ask anything – the answers must always be either ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Keep going until everyone has guessed correctly, then start the game all over again with new sticky notes!

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Give the Gift of Goodwill

What better way to spend an afternoon than to donate your unwanted clothes and toys to someone who could make some use out of them?

We all have things that we no longer need – we can donate them to charity. There are many charity shops that are always looking for donations.

You can choose the things that you’d like to donate, and put them all into a bag. Make sure all toys are cleaned – soft toys can be put into the washing machine. Charity shops accept all kinds of clothing. Don’t worry if there is a hole in something. Charity shops often raise money by collecting unsellable clothes to sell as rags.

When you are donating your unwanted things, think about how much they will make someone happy. This will make you feel happy to let them go.

You don’t have to take the bags to the charity shop on the rainy day, just simply bag everything up, ready to take to the charity shop when you are ready.

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Write a letter to Yourself in 10 Years’ Time

It is hard to imagine how our lives might change in ten years’ time. However, it might also be hard to remember lots of things. Writing a letter to yourself is a lovely idea. Why don’t you give it a try?

You’ll need:

A pen
Some paper
An envelope
Somewhere to put your letter – a safe place for the next ten years!

Set your letter out in a way you would with any letter. Put your name, address and the date at the top, then start your letter with ‘Dear…’, using your name.

Write about your life; your favourite things, your friends, your hopes for the future and anything else that you are thinking about right now.

When you have finished writing your letter, sign it at the bottom. Then, fold your letter and place it into your envelope. Write the date on the envelope, in large writing, then add ‘To be read by (use your name) in ten years’ time’.

Now, put the letter somewhere safe. You’ll see it over the years – but remember! Don’t open it for ten years!

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Make a Time Capsule

Time capsules are fantastic. They are a collection of thigs that are relevant to a point in time. Imagine stumbling across one from one hundred years ago! You can use a rainy day as an opportunity to make your very own time capsule, with a view to someone discovering it in 100 years.

To make your own, you’ll need something to hold your future historical items in. A recycled shoebox would make an excellent time capsule. You could collect a newspaper, a wrapper from your favourite sweet and perhaps a coin or two. Plus, anything else that you like, such as a holiday souvenir or your favourite birthday card.

Use your imagination and take some inspiration from a 220 year old time capsule that was recently opened in Boston.

Some people like to bury their time capsules in their garden. However, there’s no need to disturb nature. Just keep your time capsule safe and your ancestors will be able to look at all of your preciously saved items in the many years to come!

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Splish Splash!

The bad news? It is raining. The good news? We are waterproof! Why don’t you wrap up in a waterproof coat and wellington boots and go for a short walk in the rain?

Walk slowly, in case you slip over on the wet ground. Take a look at the rain coming from the sky, see the way that it then disappears into the ground. Notice the smell in the air when the rain falls – this is science at work!

Don’t spend too long out in the rain – five minutes is plenty. When your time is up, slowly go back inside to get dry and warmed up!

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Make a Cupboard Feast

This is a simple one, but a great way to create something tasty! A rainy day is a great opportunity to stay dry and warm indoors.

First, take a look in your food cupboard. You might find spices, packets of dried food and tins. You might find some surprises lurking – some long forgotten treats, even some out of date foods!

The best thing with out of date or off food it to throw it away. You can still recycle the packaging though.

With the in date food, try to use your imagination. What kind of feast can you make?

If you need some help deciding you can take a look at the Supercook Recipe Finder or find some store cupboard recipes online. Or better still, create your very own delicious masterpiece!

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    • Kimberleyclarke profile image

      Kimberley Clarke 2 years ago from England

      Thank you so much for stopping by Kristen! The gingerbread people certainly capture the imagination - there are so many things you can add with writing icing to make unique designs. Thanks again!

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great ideas Kimberly. This should keep children occupied until the sunshine comes out.