10 easy 'rainy day' activities that might just save your sanity this summer
We all know how unpredictable the Irish summer weather can be.
The next couple of months will (hopefully) have lots of sunny days, but let's be honest – there will be some miserable, wet ones too – and guys; I don't know about you, but I like being prepared ahead of time.
And after a year (and a bit) where most children have spent far too much time with their faces buried in a screen, I am planning for a summer where tech will have very little – if any – place. To be fair, we don't really have any screens in our house, apart from my own phone and the TV, so I like to think I have become pretty good at inventing games and coming up with things to do inside – especially now, having spent the best part of the past 18 months going just that.
So if you just know that the next few weeks will contain a fair share of days filled with a lot of "help me with this" and "can I have some toast" and "Molly poked me in the eye with a Barbie foot" – relax, mums, we got you.
Here are ten things to get them stuck into:
1. Freeze Dance
Shake it off to a few favourite jams is a surefire way to get your kids off the couch. To brush up on listening skills, try freeze dance. The rules are simple: dance when the music plays and when the designated DJ (rope daddy in, maybe?) stops the music, everyone freezes.
2. Balloon Volleyball
Make a net by tying a piece of string from one chair to another. Then blow up a balloon and start practising those serving skills! Change things up a bit by kicking or head-bumping the balloon.
3. Hallway footie
You don’t need a garden to play a game of football. Start by setting up a net on opposite ends of the hallway by placing some masking tape on the floor. After dividing into teams (one on one works too!), grab a small plastic (or foam!) ball and let the fun begin. Note: Move the Ming vases first!
4. Hula Hoop
As long as you make sure that you’re not too close to furniture or breakables, hula-hooping is a great indoor activity that helps strengthen your child’s core muscles.
5. Make a movie
Let the kids borrow your smartphone and have them think of a story, write their script and shoot a movie on your phone. Later on, you can all watch it together.
6. Set Up A Maze
Turn the hall into a “laser” maze with yarn. Zig-zag string from varying heights and challenge your kids to get across without touching the laser.
7. Make Activity Stations
Make signs and have each ‘area’ has an activity: jumping jacks, crawling through tape/rope, planking etc. Set a timer, then rotate through the stations.
8. Bathtub painting
Undress the kids, plonk them in the bath and give them some watercolours to paint with. When they are done, just hose the paint right off the bath. Genius.
9. Indoor treasure hunt
All you need is a small toy or a snack. And a treasure map. Give your child the map or provide clues to where they can find the treasure.
10. Camp out
Make a tent (sheet over two chairs works just fine) and let your kids have a picnic in the tent. Or, how about watching a movie on the iPad?
How are YOU spending rainy summer days, parents? Let us know in the comments or tweet us at @herfamilydotie