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Top 10 Rainy Day Things to do with Kids

Updated on April 29, 2012

10 Suggestions

Forget TV on rainy days, get active and doing something fun and memorable and just a little bit different.

  1. Bake something tasty. Our favourite is cheesy scones. Rub 25g of butter into 225g of plain (all-purpose) flour, ¼ tsp salt, 1 ½ tsp baking powder, 1 tsp dried herbs. Stir in 50g of grated cheese and 150ml milk. Roll this dough into ½ inch thickness, cut into circles with a cutter around 2 inch diameter. Brush with milk, leave to rise in a warm place for 10 mins and bake at 220C for 12-15 minutes. YUM!
  2. Do some painting, all of you- a massive bird picture out of hands or finger drops or stripes and take it out in the rain to drip if you like. Mess means fun!
  3. Make a den. Out of chairs or a clothes horse, a blanket or sheet, or anything you’ve got.
  4. Build something- whether it is bricks, tin cans, boxes, newspaper and sellotape. You can have a competition with it, build it up and knock it down
  5. Dust off some totally well-loved books you haven’t read together in ages. Make sure you do all the funny voices for the characters. Or why not change your favourite hero into a sheep and baaa out the lines or into a creepy old man and read them in the style of Vincent Price!
  6. Don your waterproofs and welly boots and go and jump like mad in a huge muddy puddle. Most importantly of all, don’t care how wet and muddy you get- it squashes up the fun!
  7. Have a tea party. Make a party buffet, some paper bunting and dust off the summer crockery set. You can even make your own smoothies or fruit punch. Something to add a bit of civility to the proceedings!
  8. Make a geyser (and watch in indoors). Get a 2l bottle of fizzy drink, add some Mentos mints and quickly stand well back as it shoots up into the air. I’m serious though, do not do this inside- the mess would be completely horrendous, but it’s fun to see it happening outside.
  9. Download a quiz from the internet and get quizzy. Make sure there are questions for everyone taking part and some kind of prize for the winner and a miniature forfeit for the loser.
  10. Learn a new skill- learn a bit of Portuguese, make some scented candles, write in calligraphy, make a one-minute movie using your mobile phone. There are all kinds of how-to clips on Youtube that are fun and useful and get you doing something new and a bit different. You’ll be amazed at what you can do.

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