If you’re a mom of young children, like myself, then you’re probably all too familiar with hearing “I’m bored – there’s nothing to do!” on a regular basis. When it’s raining outside, and your little ones have energy to burn, it can be quite a challenge to keep them entertained. It’s tempting to let them play a video game or watch some TV. But we have to remember that children these days spend enough time sat in front of screens, and it’s up to us to try and engage them in more constructive ways,
So, next time it’s pouring with rain on a Sunday afternoon, and your children are feeling restless, don’t despair. Instead, look upon it as an opportunity to spend some quality time with them, and a chance to exercise your creative muscles at the same time. So, without further ado, here are some crafty and constructive ideas to help you make the most of those rainy days indoors…
Make Your Own Stuffed Animals
This is something you can do with children from about the age of four upwards. Although it’s probably not wise to let them loose with a needle and thread when they’re this age! What you can do instead is ask them to draw a picture of what they’d like your home-crafted stuffed animal to look like.
They’re pretty easy to make, but if you have little experience in this department, it’s best not to be too ambitious at first. So, try and make a teddy bear, or at least something with a simple shape that’s not going to be too fiddly to sew together. Then once your little one has drawn their picture, you can then involve them in deciding what fabric to use and which buttons to use for its eyes. You could keep it for your child to play with, or you could make several toys and sell them to raise funds for a local community project or your favorite charity. Fundraising in this way benefits everyone. You feel good for having done something positive, and your child learns the importance of helping others.
If your children are old enough, baking is a really great way of engaging them and teaching them at the same time. Cooking skills are essential. So by getting children used to being in the kitchen from an early age, they are more likely to become confident cooks as adults. The key thing here is to have fun, so don’t worry if you don’t get the measurements exactly right, or your cupcakes don’t rise properly. It’s all part of the learning experience.
Cooking with your children teaches them essential life skills, plus it’s a chance to get a little messy at the same time. Although there aren’t many who’d admit it, I have a sneaking suspicion that there are many adults that enjoy getting messy almost as much as their children!
If you are willing to embrace rainy days and make the most of the time they allow you to spend with your children, you may find that they’re not quite so bad after all.