Half Term in the sunshine is great, getting out and exploring the great outdoors spending quality time with the kids. Unfortunately, October is notorious for rainy days, and the complaints of boredom aren’t too far behind. Lucky for you we’ve put together a list of great rainy day activities to keep the kids entertained that doesn’t have ‘hide and seek’ or ‘fairy cakes’ anywhere in sight.
Make your own pizzas
This may be an obvious one, but stick with me. If you make your dough from scratch, you can spread this activity out through most of the day. Shop for ingredients with the kids letting them choose their own toppings. Make the dough following an easy recipe, like this one from Jamie Oliver: http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/recipe/pizza-dough/ . Then prep your ingredients while you’re waiting for it to rise, roll out your bases nice and thin, let the kids decorate them and bake. Hey presto, a great all-day activity and you’ve got dinner sorted out too!
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Make your own air fleet
A nice easy activity and all you need is some A4 paper! There are plenty of ways to fold planes, and so much you can do with them – if you’re not sure how, here’s a handy guide: http://www.foldnfly.com . After you’ve let the kids pick which planes will be in their fleet, you can fold them, decorate them and race them to see which goes the furthest.
Set up a scavenger hunt
A good activity if you want to grab some time to make a cuppa. Make your own list of things the kids need to find around the house –or use one of these pre-made ideas: http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2014/01/indoor-scavenger-hunts-for-kids.html .You could even offer a prize for whoever completes the list the fastest, or when they find certain items.
Make some friendship bracelets
Get down to your local haberdashery store and pick up some coloured threads. There are loads of different examples of how to make friendship bracelets online. If your kids are quite young you may want to stick to the easy option of showing them how to plait, if they’re a bit older a tutorial like this is perfect: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNOioNDsg2s . Bracelets also make great presents to take into school for their friends too.
Set up an obstacle course
A great way to keep the kids fit, and tire them out too! Make some space in your living room by pushing the sofas out of the way, and use household items to create a makeshift obstacle course. This could be anything from jumping over cushions to hula hooping to walking a masking tape tight rope.
Make some funny magnets
Get yourself a roll of magnetic material – you can pick this up fairly cheap online. Get the kids to design their own magnets or cut things out from magazines, then simply glue it onto the material and stick it up on the fridge. A great way to do this is to get the kids to cut out different facial features then make funny faces with them once they’re up on the fridge.
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Start a newspaper, magazine or comic book
Get creative with the kids by starting your own newspaper, magazine or comic book. All you need is paper, colouring pens or pencils, a stapler and your imaginations. Make up stories, draw characters and conduct pretend interviews too.
Brave the weather!
Maybe the simplest of our Half Term ideas! Simply throw on your waterproof coats and wellies and get out in the rain. There’s nothing kids love more than splashing around in puddles and you can even take the dog for a walk whilst you’re at it!
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How do you combat rainy day boredom? Have you tried some of the activities in this post? Let us know in the comments below!