Here are some wallet-friendly activities that will keep your little ones entertained on wet days
1. Get indoor active
Toddlers have a lot of energy and they still need to burn it off when it’s chucking it down outside. Most kids love dancing, so try dancing games, for example copying your moves or performing actions to classic nursery rhymes.
Enjoy a day at your local indoor swimming pool – try phoning ahead to see if they have set times where they put inflatables out for extra fun. Or you can go to an indoor soft play area. With climbing frames and ball pits, it’s the perfect environment for using up excess energy – and they’ll sleep well!
2. Make a rainy day box
For the days where the weather is being typically Irish, make an emergency rainy day box that’s bursting with good, old-fashioned activities. The options of what to pop in your box are endless – from board games, puzzles and colouring books to old magazines for papier-mâché or collages. Make sure you top it up occasionally with new activities.
3. Create a sand and water tray
Another great alternative would be to make a sand and water tray – put it on newspapers or plastic sheeting to stop the floor getting messy. Your little one will love scooping up different materials with their hands or with plastic containers, while learning some basic science. Why not try and hide objects inside the sand tray to encourage their thinking skills too?
4. Get musical
Have a go at making your own kitchen orchestra – bang wooden spoons on saucepans, fill plastic bottles with rice or use a spoon to tap jam jars half-filled with water as a homemade xylophone.
5. Build a den
Create a magical indoor den by draping sheets over a couple of chairs, and hiding inside with torches. It a fantastic way to create a little world that’s ideal for imaginative games, role play or story time.
6. Time for a picnic
Embracing the wet weather and making a good cup of tea are two things we’re good at, so why not combine the two to make a yummy indoor picnic? Place a blanket on the floor and you invite their favourite teddies and toys to join in. Get your child involved in preparing the picnic, washing the fruit and veg, and laying out the picnic rug and crockery.
7. Go back to basics
Sometimes the old games are the best. From treasure hunts complete with clues to playing hide and seek, they’re a great way to keep your child busy – and also learn important developmental skills on the dampest of days. And when the rain stops, you’ll be back outside. Best of luck!