Holiday fun ideas
Some activities are best left for a rainy day. DVD sessions with home-popped popcorn – cheaper than a family movie outing.
Make a fort in the lounge over furniture, or around the clothes line with old sheets and pegs.
Set up a treasure hunt or scavenger hunt with clues. Let them make a movie on your camera or phone; fun and a great time filler as they have to come up with a story, set and costumes, then film it, edit it and show it. Have your own ‘‘cooking school’’, letting them loose in the kitchen, supervised, for a day.
If they have lots of toys but complain about being bored, put half away for a month then swap them over; they’ll be new again to your child.
Join the library and the toy library.
If they’re driving you mad, take them for a walk instead of turning on the TV, even if it’s cold or wet. Exercise, fresh air and conversation is a winning combination.
Encourage them to plant a garden – flowers, veges, or both. Choose fast-growing seeds and seedlings so they don’t have to wait too long for results and lose interest.
Sit down and read a book, play a game or do a puzzle with them. They’re only little for a short time so remind yourself why you wanted them and how important it is to spend time with them if you want them to grow into responsible adults.
Bored: Rain may get in the way of outdoor fun but indoor activities are just as enticing.