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The winter months are a perfect time to engage your kids in some indoor activities and educational fun. Here are four engaging activities that you can easily do at home to keep your kids occupied on rainy days.

1. Turn baking into a lesson

Baking simple cookies or cup cakes is the perfect way to introduce your child to measurement and following instructions. Before beginning, read the recipe to your child and allow them to gather the ingredients. Each time a measurement is given allow your child to carefully measure the required amount of ingredients. Talk about why it is important to be accurate when measuring. Depending on your child’s age, you could double or half the quantities in the recipe and challenge your child to work out what the new amount would be. If you are baking with a young child you could shape your cookies into letters and practice saying the letter names and sounds as you make each one.

2. Film a masterpiece

Choose one of your child’s favourite books to turn into a movie. Read the book with your child and discuss the different characters. Focus on how certain characters would talk, walk, behave, etc. Encourage your child to choose their favourite part of the book to act out. Practice saying some short lines from the book and acting in the way that the character would. Raid your wardrobes to create a simple costume and then film your child acting out a scene from the book with you as a narrator, reading the text. Your child can then watch their very own movie masterpiece over and over again. This is a perfect activity to do with more than one child.

3. Write a book

Creating your own picture book is a great way to teach your child about the features of books while also practicing reading and writing. Help your child to think of ideas for a story. Once you have decided on a story, rule lines along the bottom of plain sheets of paper and encourage your child to write each sentence of the story on a different page. For very young children you can write one word on each page and encourage them to copy or trace the words. After writing the story, allow your child to illustrate each page. They can then create a front cover with a title and their name as the author. If you want to get really creative, you could have the book published and posted to your house using a service such as Blurb.

 4. Have a treasure hunt

A treasure hunt around the house and garden is a great way to get kids reading while having fun. Write clues on post-its and place them around the house. Try to use words that your child will be able to read independently, but will require some thought. To get started, hand your child the first clue. It may say something like, “Where does dad keep his socks?” Your child will read the clue and go in search of the second clue. The last clue should lead to hidden ‘treasure’, such as a sweet treat or a new book. This is a great activity to encourage reluctant readers and is also perfect for a group of children to do together.

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5. Be a jewellery designer

Recognising and creating patterns is an important pre-algebra skill that you can teach at home by treading beads or pasta onto string. If you use pasta, create different colours by adding a few drops of food colouring to a bowl of dry pasta and mixing. Lay the coloured pasta onto paper towel to dry before you use it. When treading the beads or pasta, encourage your child to create a pattern that repeats. Say the sequence of the pattern out loud together and look for any places where the pattern does not continue. Start with a simple pattern, using only two colours, and gradually add more colours to create something more complex. Your child’s finished jewellery can be worn or hung in the playroom as a creative decoration.

There is no need for you and the kids to get bored this winter. Get a little creative and enjoy some educational, rainy day fun. I hope that you enjoy these tips and I would love to here about your indoor fun experiences.

 Do you have any other ideas for great indoor activities?

  • So many great ideas .. Thank you

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  • treasure hunt would be a really fun idea. we always draw, paint, read, bake,play hopscotch and skip rope, make forts, just anything that will be fun to do.

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  • We also build cubbies and lego cities.

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  • Great tips and advice here, kids love their treasure hunts.

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  • Good article and good advice there! Thank You.

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  • Rainy day treasure hunt, here we come!

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  • I love the treasure hunt idea, it used to be a must do activity at birthday parties when I was a kid but I haven’t thought about doing it with my own kids.

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  • Oh wow. the tresure hunt is definately gunna happen.

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  • Great activity suggestions for any weather, not just rainy days.

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  • Love the jewellery and baking ideas.

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  • Wonderful ideas, thank you. Will keep note for next rainy day.

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  • These are wonderful ideas, play is so much more rewarding when the kids get to point at something they’ve created at the end of it.

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  • Oh Thankyou for these ideas! Its currently pouring rain and was looking for some ideas to do with my little guy! He loves the idea of a treasure hunt

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  • Thanks for sharing such great tip!

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  • thank you sharing this article good read

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