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In the UK the weather can quickly turn, having some alternative activities up your sleeve is useful when the rain sets in and the kids are bored.
Create a TV show or short movie
Allow the kids to develop their own sitcom or movie whilst you become the camera-man using your smart phone. Encourage the kids to write a script, draw a set design, set the lighting and create fun costumes. Using your camera phone, you can record the hilarious results. Upload the video on to a computer and the kids will love watching themselves over and over.
Pitch a pop-up tent in the living room or create a den using bed sheets and blankets across furniture. Add sleeping bags, pillows, blankets and cuddly toys for a cosy afternoon.
Create a Time Capsule
Get the kids to write about their hopes for the future. Bring together keepsakes, drawings, photos and letters into a plastic or metal container ready to be planted in the garden. Once planted make sure you keep a note of where it is for the future.
Fun to make and the kids get to cook the dinner! Let the kids do the hard work by mixing and kneading the dough (pizza dough mix can be found in the supermarket). They’ll have lots of fun decorating the pizzas and then dinner is served. BBC Good Food have a recipe on their website with child-friendly instructions they can follow.
Super hero capes
Cut up an old adult sized t-shirt, keep the rim around the neck and cut off the front and the sleeves of the t-shirt. Cut up some bold designs using other old pieces of material or self-adhesive felt for a super hero’s motif such as a lightning bolt or star, or get your child to create their own design such as their initials. Once cut out, glue these to cape. To reduce the pull on your child’s neck, cut the neck and add Velcro dots to each end.
Save some money and create your own bowling set using plastic bottles (they may need some water to keep upright). Use a line of string or masking tape for the start line, and use one of the kid’s indoor balls and get bowling! Keep the score
Potatoes are a versatile vegetable and make a great stamp for creating prints with paint. First, cut the potato in half and use a knife or biscuit cutter to create the stamp design and then cut around the outside of the potato to shape the outer circle of the potato. Grab some paint and paper and press the potato stamp onto the paper. You could also try this with carrots and the head of a broccoli for a different effect.
Cleaning up time
After you’ve had a busy day of indoor activities you will need some help to clean-up! Create a competition of who can clean-up the most. Set your stop watch (use the app on your smart phone) for 3 minutes, play some upbeat music to make it fun and give the winner a prize.