Summer is almost over, and if you’re trying to make the most of the dying embers, you may be wondering where on earth the last couple of months has gone. Time flies when you’re having fun, and before you know it, the nights are drawing in, and blue skies have been replaced with rain clouds. Many of us love fall, but keeping kids entertained can often be a lot easier when the sun is shining, and you can spend hours in the great outdoors. If you’re looking for weatherproof activities to keep your children happy this fall, here are some suggestions.
Most children love helping out in the kitchen, and baking is an excellent way to while away the hours when it’s pouring down outside. Choose some recipes that are suitable for your children, let them get involved, and then enjoy the spoils afterwards. If you have very young children, they can help you stir the mixture, and if you have older kids, they can measure out the ingredients, mix them together and put the mixture into cases or molds. Muffins, biscuits, and cupcakes are popular choices. Once the cakes have cooled, you can decorate them using sprinkles, candy or colored frosting. Once your children become more confident in the kitchen, you can diversify the range of recipes you try and start making savory and sweet treats.
It’s really beneficial for kids to let their imaginations run free, especially on a dark, damp day. Encourage imaginative, creative play by setting up scenarios or buying toys that enable them to take on different roles. A toddler teepee, dress up outfits and play kitchens, houses or shops, are great examples. Your kids can spend the afternoon being a doctor seeing patients, a vet caring for poorly pets or an intrepid adventurer returning to camp after a day in the mountains. Get involved in the scenario, let your children show off their personalities and encourage them to create stories and tales and play different characters.
Arts and crafts
If it’s miserable outside, get out the arts and crafts supplies and let your creative juices flow. You can grab some paints and channel your inner Jackson Pollock with a giant blank canvas on the floor, try your hand at sponge or potato painting or make greeting cards for loved ones. Other activities include drawing and coloring, sewing and knitting, making jewelry and junk modeling. If you’ve got tins, boxes, and bottles lying around, help your children turn them into model houses, robots or animals.
Unpredictable weather conditions can sometimes put pay to alfresco plans, so it’s always a good idea to have a plan B. If you’re looking forward to spending weekends with the kids, you don’t need sunshine and blue skies to have fun. If it is chilly and wet outside, there are plenty of weatherproof activities you can enjoy at home. Stock up on baking and arts and crafts supplies, find some child-friendly recipes online, get creative together, and let your imaginations run wild.