Naturally now that school’s out for the Easter holidays, it looks like we’re due to have a rainy weekend! Whilst this is great for getting the wellies out and splashing in puddles, if you want to stay dry, we’ve got a great list of 18 rainy day activities for you this Easter.
1. Easter Egg Hunt
Of course! What’s Easter without an egg hunt? Simple to organise, just get hold of some chocolate eggs (or you can buy plastic eggs which you can fill with whatever you want), hide them around the house and send the children off with a bucket whilst you sit back with a cup of tea!
2. Easter Bonnets
This is another easy activity that will allow your kids to get creative. All you need is some cheap hats and a selection of fabric paint, feathers, adhesive jewels, Easter charms, ribbons – whatever takes your fancy! The kids will love creating their own looks for Easter, and if you’ve got more than one child you can even finish it off with an Easter parade, where they can all show off what they’ve created.
3. Make Shadow Puppets
This website has STAR WARS shadow puppet ideas! But you can make anything you want really. The kids will have hours of fun making and playing with these – they can even put on a show for you!
4. Lazer Beams
Stick some cotton or string in a zig zag pattern across the hall or landing to create ‘lazer beams’ the kids have to climb through without touching to win some treasure on the other side.
5. Create A Time Capsule
Use a tupperware or old biscuit tin. The children can imagine who might find the time capsule in the future. They can write letters, draw pictures, find photos etc to let this person of the future know all about life as it is now for them.
6. Make A Den
I loved this as a child. Get out some sheets and create a fabulous den behind the sofa or between some chairs. Fill with all kinds of things to keep them busy… Lego, reading and drawing activities, a torch, dress up clothes… and snacks of course!
7. Gruffalo Activities
The Gruffalo website has lots of fun, rainy day activities from recipes (have you tried Gruffalo Crumble?) to colouring and craft activities.
8. Mud Pies and Puddle Jumping
So it might be a bit wet outside but this means there will be lots of puddles left for the kids to splash in. They can take toy boats to sail in the puddles, or make mud pies. And if there hasn’t been enough rain for this (this may be wishful thinking but it is August after all!), get the hose out and top the puddles up! Try the Nature Detectives website for some other fun outdoor rainy day ideas!
9. Make Your Own Playdough
You can create all kinds of colours if you’ve got some food colouring knocking around. Here is a great playdough recipe. Try adding cinnamon or vanilla to make your own ‘smelly’ playdough.
10. Make Your Own Invisible Ink
Write secret messages to each other in invisible ink. When the ink dries you can heat it over a light bulb (adult supervision required) to reveal your message.
11. Make Some Gloop
Warning: this can be a messy activity! It’s lots of fun for little ones though and a great sensory activity. All you need is cornflour, water and food colouring (optional). Put some cornflour in a large shallow tub or tray, then add a little water at a time and mix until the desired consistency (you want it to be going solid when moulded together, but liquidy when released).
12. Build A Spaghetti And Marshmallow Tower
This is a good activity to keep older kids entertained and you can always use any left over marshmallows in hot chocolate when they’re finished.
13. Bang Goes The Theory Science Activities
The BBC website is full of lots of fun Science activities from this TV programme aimed at kids. Definitely worth a look if you’re struggling to keep the older ones entertained.
14. Hide And Seek
Always a good, easy game. I find that if you start the kids off hunting for you at the top of the house you have just enough time to make a quick cup of tea for yourself in the kitchen before they ‘find you’
15. Scavenger Hunt
Of course, this takes a little longer to set up than hide and seek but you might create enough time for yourself while they are engaged in this activity to actually drink that cup of tea. For ideas of what to put on the list for the scavenger hunt take a look here
16. Box Modelling
This requires nothing other than a pile of recycling – boxes, plastic containers etc – and some glue or tape and paint (depending on how much mess you’re willing to create). This is and easy one, let the kids make anything they want from the materials available.
17. Fluffy Paintings
This blog has a really good recipe, she suggests using sandwich bags to squeeze the paint onto the paper but paint brushes and fingers work well too.
18. Make Slime
There are loads of recipes for slime all over the internet, but I’ve heard from other Mumblers that it can be difficult to find one that consistently works, so earlier today I dutifully bought the ingredients and tried out some recipes and found the following two that definitely worked for us.
The first is this one from Montessori Soul and requires just 4 ingredients (plus optional food colouring): PVA glue, shaving foam, bicarbonate of soda, and contact lens solution. The key thing is that the contact lens solution must contain boric acid, like this one, or the slime won’t come together. I also agree with the original blog that lemon and lime shaving foam makes it smell quite nice.
Results: this came together quite easily, I was probably mixing for 5-10 minutes (bear in mind I only used 2/3 cup of PVA glue – if I’d used larger quantities I would probably have been mixing for longer), and it came to a really nice consistency – nice and squidgy and easy to play with, but doesn’t stick to your fingers/clothes too much.
The second one was a simple two ingredient recipe – just PVA glue and Almat washing gel (the green one), which you can get from Aldi. You just add the Almat to the glue one teaspoon at a time, and mix until you get the right consistency.
Results: I’ve heard Aldi have changed Almat’s recipe recently so this one sometimes doesn’t work as well now, and it was definitely harder to make. I had to mix for nearly half an hour – not great if you’ve got impatient children, and the resulting slime didn’t smell as nice. However, it was definitely stickier (whether that’s a pro or not depends on what you’re looking for) and it stretched a lot further before breaking.