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16Jul 13

Games for kids on a rainy day

We all know the feeling… waking up on a bank holiday, ready to enjoy that “extra” day with the family, and it’s raining! Forget about that bike ride in the country or picnic at the beach. So how do we keep the kids entertained and ourselves sane?

I have a lot of good ideas for stay-at-home games, gathered over the years. Games for kids on rainy days should keep their minds occupied as well as allowing them to burn off energy so that they don’t feel confined indoors. But it’s important to pace the kids – and ourselves!


Games for kids on a rainy day

Games for kids on a rainy day

Watching a couple of DVDs together is a good idea, but it’s better to leave that till later after playing some more “traditional” interactive games. Here are a few of my own suggestions.

Rainy Day Ideas

  • Hide and seek. This is a classic, fun game, especially when mum joins in with the kids. Someone is chosen to “hide” and the others have to “seek out” that person.
    Children have the whole house to “disappear” in, and the winner is the most successful “seeker”.
  • Baking cakes. I know, some of you may be thinking: kids in the kitchen? Help!! But Sally tells me that baking cakes keeps the kids really happy on those bad weather days. And again, it’s something everyone can be involved in, is educational and you all get a baked treat at the end!
  • I Spy With My Little Eye. This is a game we’ve all played as children, it reminds me of long car journeys with my own parents. On a rainy day, I suggest organising a picnic in the sitting room (this gives a ‘holiday’ feel to the proceedings) and then begin the game.
  • Scavenger Hunt. Design a scavenger hunt to keep kids’ minds and bodies active. They go to a designated room in the house while you hide the clues. For example, one clue could be: “This is mum’s favourite book” which will lead your kids to try to remember and find their mum’s favourite read. Once found, on the inside of the book they will see the next clue such as: “This is one of the family’s favourite breakfast foods,” which will take them to the kitchen. A lot of fun and keeps kids on the go!

Of course it’s really important to have some prizes on hand at the end of the day. I would suggest a bar of chocolate for the games with individual winners, but at the end of the Scavenger Hunt mum can offer to order a pizza or rent their favourite movie!

What are your favourite rainy day games?

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