Five ways to keep your schoolies active indoors
“Mum, I’m boooooooooooooooooooooooooored”
A phrase all too common when rainy weather has ruined any chance of getting outside at the weekend or over half term. Luckily for you, we’ve put our heads together to think of some activities that’ll keep your kids busy while it’s rainy or windy outside.
1. Bedroom bowling
Turn your kid’s bedroom into bowling alley. All you need is 6 empty water bottles and a small rubber ball, hey-presto a homemade bowling alley. Hopefully this will keep your kids busy for at least a couple of hours.
Top tip: If the bottles fall over too easily, half fill them with water or dried pasta.
2. Masking tape madness
Tape a hopscotch pattern, balance beam or ‘safety stones’ onto your floor. Then get ready for fun acrobatics on the balance beam, hopping action of the hopscotch, or the ‘floor is lava’ standing only on the safety stones. This is a perfect way to keep your schoolies active indoors when the weather isn’t nice enough to be outside. And there’s not too much mess!
Top tip: when playing the ‘floor is lava’ make the safety stones a range of sizes to make it more challenging.
3. Flight school fun
Paper aeroplanes are another easy activity for a rainy day. All you need is paper, crayons and some folding skills. This game will get the creative juices flowing whilst your schoolies are away from school.
- Step 1: Make and decorate your aircraft, you can find plenty of folding guides online if you need a little help
- Step 2: Perfect your throwing technique
- Step 3: Create some landing zones on the floor using some A4 paper
Top tip: Slightly folding in the ‘nose’ of your planes will add a little extra weight, helping them to fly further.
4. DIY den building
Building a den is always fun, no matter what age you are. Get your child to run around the house gathering up some of the pillows, cushions and blankets. Then start to build your den together. It works well if you use some of the bigger furniture you might have in the house, for example a bed or a sofa. Pad the floor out with some cushions and create a roof out of blankets to make it even cosier. Dens are brilliant places to read books and have a bit of quiet time (once they’ve been made!)
Top tip: Hang up some fairy lights to make the den even more cosy and magical.
5. Cupboard Orchestra
The kitchen cupboards offer a surprisingly brilliant range of percussion instruments for your musically inclined children.
- Drums: The bottoms of empty saucepans, using wooden spoons as the sticks
- Symbols: Sauce pan lids are the perfect alternative to symbols
- Maracas/Rain Sticks: Empty PaediaSure Shake bottles or cans, filled with dried beans or lentils
- Clappers: the open end of two plastic cups are a good way to make this noise.
Top tip: Using a lot of differently sized pots, pans and cups will create a wide variety of noises!
Let us know how you get on with these ideas! We’d love to see pictures over on our Facebook page!