Oh no its raining! What will you do all day? Lets think of some great rainy day activities for the under 8’s.
- Finger painting – cover the table and floor with newspaper or even tarpaulin first. Then let them go crazy with their fingers on a roll of old wall paper. Tape the wallpaper to the table and you will be able to create some lovely banners.
- Taste test! Put different foods in egg cups, plastic beakers or ramekins. Blindfold the children and then get them to guess what they are tasting. Obviously, make sure you are giving foods relevant to their age and dietary requirements. Some ideas could be – halved olives, pickle, smelly cheese, chocolate buttons, spicy crisps, mango, avocado
- Writing a story. Get the kids to write a story – could be a fairy tale or just something about a favourite cartoon character. Once they have written it (age dependent of course- you might have to be the writer!), ask them to do a show! Remember when you were young and you’d write a play and perform it for the neighbours?
- Make a necklace with pasta. Paint the dried pasta first, let it dry then have hours of fun threading them on to wool. Make sure you supervise at all times.
- Technical tots can also have a go at a YouTube or TikTok video with you! Find a funny dance on TikTok and recreate it. (You don’t have to post it!!)
- Indoor bowls. Collect all the empty toilet rolls you can. (Top tip – if you have room, keep cardboard tubes and boxes for impromptu craft sessions.) Decorate the tubes to make skittles. Then just bowl them down with a soft ball or even just a rolled up pair of socks.
- Collage. I loved making a collage when I was a child. Just get an old magazine and cut out lots of images – can be of people, or foods, or literally anything. Then get the children to glue (flour and water is still my go to!) them down on to a large sheet of paper. Other craft ideas here.
I hope you have enjoyed our rainy day activities. For more, check out our healthy treat ideas.