Rainy days shouldn’t automatically conjure up images of gloomy weather, wasted ambition or Michael Fish; they should spark ideas for adventure, mystery and intrigue. We’ve complied yet more rainy day activities for kids including fun crafts and exciting days out, to help ignite your inspiration.
Entertain intrepid little adventurers by pitching a tent and setting up camp in the back garden. Get your happy campers to pack a rucksack with survival kit essentials: snacks, toys, books, games, pens, paper and, of course, a torch (even if it is broad daylight).
The novelty of being outside, with the rain hammering on the roof, will keep their imaginations active for hours.
6. Set up a indoor camp
For not-so-intrepid adventurers, indoor camping can be as magical as the real deal, without the hassle of leaking tents and bugs in your wellies.
Get them to pack a survival kit just the same, and set them to work building a den. Use tables, chairs and whatever other furniture you have to hand as the framework and drape with blankets and throws. Chuck in some cushions and finish with a smattering of fairy lights for that cosy yurt-feel.
Serve up mugs of hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows, and let their imaginations do the rest.
7. Make a cake in a cup (in two minutes!)
For impatient little bakers who want to have their cake and eat it RIGHT NOW, Eileen Tao, of food and craft blog ET Speaks From Home, recommends the 2 minute microwave cupcake.
Mix 4 tbsp self-raising flour, 2 tbsp caster sugar and 2 tbsp cocoa or hot chocolate powder in a big cup. Mix in a beaten egg, 3 tbsp vegetable oil and 3 tbsp milk, then microwave for 2 minutes. Eat immediately!
8. Experiment with science
No longer synonymous with dusty old men with crazy hair and Open University lectures, science is all about the fun factor nowadays.
A haven of exhibits over seven floors, there is something for all ages at the Science Museum: from Spacelab telescopes, to the Launchpad gallery where children can get hands-on experience of basic scientific principles.