Whether it’s a rainy and grey day outside, or you don’t have easy access to a big garden or park close by, as a mum, it’s always good to really master a few indoor activities that can keep your kids entertained in the comfort of your own home. And in an ideal world, these activities won’t involve rearranging the furniture or deep cleaning your house afterwards!
Tell a story
Staying inside doesn’t have to be boring – show your kids that they don’t need to leave the house, or turn on the TV, in order to go on an adventure. Start telling a story, then stop as it gets exciting – and encourage your children to get creative and tell you what might happen next. Maybe they would like to illustrate the story too? If you’re struggling to get started, you can always pick a book and read out a few pages, then stop and tell the kids it’s their turn to spin the story on now. If you have more than one child, you could even turn it into a competition – who can create the most exciting storyline?
Arts and crafts can keep kids occupied for hours, and luckily, plenty of crafty ideas for activities for kids can be found online if you’re lacking inspiration. All you need to start are crayons, glue, and paper to let the fun begin. Why not create greeting cards for friends and family, or make sparkly decorations for your children’s room? If there’s a holiday coming up, you can always use that for thematic inspiration.
Have a treasure hunt
You don’t need a big garden to put on a fun treasure hunt! Indoor treasure hunts are just as exciting, plus, you don’t run the danger of getting wet. Fill envelopes with clues and hide them in different rooms – each clue will lead to the next one, and once your kids have solved all the clues, they will find the treasure, which can consist of anything from sweets to toys or a fun activity. This is guaranteed to keep them occupied and happy for a while – and you’ll definitely have a good time, too. Maybe you can even switch roles after your kids have found the treasure?
If it’s a rainy day outside, and you and your kids feel like snuggling up and watching films or reading stories, then why not make a big cosy fort in your bedroom or living room? All you will need are some bed sheets, plenty of blankets, and all the pillows you can find. Drape the sheets over your couch, using a few extra chairs if needed, and arrange the pillows and blankets inside the cosy tent. You can even use an air mattress if you have one. Enjoy your fort!
Do some baking
Not only will you be able to enjoy the end product afterwards if you and your kids are getting creative in the kitchen, but this will also warm up your kitchen, making it nice and toasty. Pick a simple recipe – maybe you could do brownies, or some muffins? Help your children with mixing all the ingredients together, and let them decorate the little cakes with sweets and frosting once they’re done. This is a fun way for your kids to learn their way around the kitchen too!