January is here everyone! Christmas is officially over and the new year is looking very…. wet! Come have a read of our favourite rainy day activities for young children!
Here in Devon, there is so much to do! We are surrounded by a plethora of activities to do outside, but inspiration can sometimes be lacking for inside activities. We’ve created a list featuring some of our 8 favourite wet-weather activities, for when the driving rain is truly unforgiving.
Go Puddle Jumping
While you can’t control the weather around you, you can control your attitude towards it! So put on your waterproofs, a pair of wellingtons and heading out into the wild weather. Come on, lets set a fantastic example for our children. Something like puddle-jumping is usually forbidden when caught in an unexpected downpour and no one likes having soggy feet whilst out and about, but when you’re prepared for the persistent rain showers, you’ll soon discover that it can actually be just as fun as the dry weather activity you had planned in the first place! Hot chocolates and baths all round upon returning home, and chances are you’ll have yourself some very worn out children!
Visit a Library
Most public libraries offer workshops, lessons and tutorials for children at the weekends and during school holidays, all of which are as fun as they are educational. Head to the library anyway and let your children choose a new book for them to snuggle down with! For inspiration, check out 100 Best 0-5 | BookTrust for the best books for 0-5 year olds!
Play A Game
Get hiding in the dragon’s den or sail away on the pirate ship exploring the world of imagination with your little one. Role play teaches various transferable skills such as social development as they play with the children around them. This will get them ready for the world of primary school! The world of possibilities are endless at this age and there are no limitations to where their brain can take them! Check out one of our favourite blogs for some role play ideas for children Top 21 Role Play Activities for Children (firstcry.com).
There’s something lovely about creating culinary delights in the kitchen whilst the rain droplets race down the windows outside. Dust off your recipe books and see what tasty treats you can create and enjoy! Get the the children involved in the entire process from selecting and measuring ingredients to mixing the dish and even licking the bowl (if they’re lucky!) You could also bake cupcakes and create a cake-decorating station later in the afternoon, encouraging children to be as creative as they like!
Play Hide and Seek
An age-old classic that works every time! Children of all ages will enjoy hiding and seeking for hours! Imagination going wild as the game progresses and hiding places becoming more and more interesting! Younger children will love it if mum and dad get involved, so why not spare thirty minutes to join in?
Visit a Museum
Most museums are free, donation-only or require just a small admission fee but can provide a full day of entertainment and educational fun with a roof over your head. Let’s be honest, we’re all guilty of not visiting the local attractions during peak-season… So why not make the most of the lack of crowds during the off-season? Either head to the museum in the town nearest to you, or, if you suspect rain is on the way, then plan ahead for a longer trip to somewhere further afield.
Hold a Movie Marathon
While this might seem like the easy way out, there’s nothing better than some time for rest and recuperation, particularly if a child has had a difficult week! Be it with sports fixtures, exams or something else, films are a great fixture! Plan hot chocolates – with all the trimmings – for a half-time break? Or consider making homemade pizzas for the ultimate night in!
Try a New Sport
When the clouds open, any outdoor activity is usually ruled out for the rest of the day! Are your children bursting with energy? Take them out! Go and explore your local leisure centre to try something new. Badminton, tennis, squash and table tennis are all inside sports! Rent out a court and equipment and have the perfect rainy-day activity that might see you or your children discover a hidden talent.
That concludes our list of rainy-day recommendations that we hope will inspire you this winter. Let us know your favourite rainy day activities for young children here on Facebook @Abc Day Nursery ABC Day Nursery | Facebook