Rainy Day Activities

Inside and Out – activities for all weathers

One of our favourite things to do at Big Game Hunters is to think up fun things to do, and as the summer holidays are here we have done just that.

So we know that Britain does not always come up trumps with the weather and we have taken this into consideration – giving you some indoor alternatives as well!

 

Play Sports Games

rounders

Outside

So not as original as you thought for the first option – but the possibilities are endless with this first one.

You can play all sorts of sports games, some of which they may play at school but there are always new ones you can try. You could get a chalk board/large pieces of paper and create a score board and mini-tournament between friends and siblings. You could then try playing more than one game and awarding points to everyone throughout the ‘tournament’. These could include races, competitive games or games of skill or accuracy. It really depends on how many children you are entertaining at once!

Ideas for sports games:

  • Rounders

 

  • Cricket & French Cricket

Garden Games Ltd. make a beautiful set with a Willow bat here for only £27.99 here (correct on 16/7/14)

 

  • Frisbee

Two teams, two lines – you have to catch the frisbee behind your goal line to score.

 

  • Frisbee Target

Create circles on the ground, you have to land the frisbee in certain places to score different numbers of points.

 

  • Sack Race

Always good fun – no matter how old you are! You can buy a sack racing game here, including lotd of other sports day races to keep you entertained.

quoits

Inside

So they do always say don’t play ball games in the house – but I would say there are some games that can be played inside quite easily – with little chance of your house being wrecked!

 

  • Marbles

It is a classic – but never fails to entertain even the most fidgety of children. All you need is a bag of marbles, and something to mark out a circle with. There is a great video on youtube to explain the rules:

How to play marbles

  • Quoits

This game is so simple (pronounced coy-ts). If you don’t have a bought version, you could create a simplified version using some ropes and bottles full of sand or stones to weigh them down. All you need to do is try to score points by throwing loops of rope over the posts/bottles or whatever you choose to use!

You can buy a really nice quality wooden set here for only £16.99 (correct on 16/7/14)

 

  • Sponge Basket

A favourite in our house when I was growing up! You place two baskets or waste paper bins at either end of the living room, and crawling on hands and knees you have to get the small cushioned sponge ball (you could use a ball of paper or a small cushion although they won’t bounce) into the basket at the other end of the field without standing and remaining on a least one hand at all times – harder than it sounds!! 

 

  • Musical Chairs/Cushions/Statues

Now who doesn’t enjoy a good old party game? One to burn of a little bit of energy in your own living room, try spacing the chairs or cushions out as much as you can, or get everyone to do the most active dancing possible (if playing statues). It will burn off some excess energy when stuck inside on a rainy day!

 

Play with your food!

Growing Cress

Outside

So our parents always told us not to play with our food, so why not break the rule and allow yours to?

You could try planting some seeds so you can play with growing some food, great things to plant at this time of year are:

  • Lambs Lettuce (and most other types of lettuce)
  • Radish
  • Rocket
  • Spinach
  • Watercress
  • Cauliflower
  • Winter Cabbages

 

Inside

If you are after something quite quick, then growing cress indoors on a piece of kitchen towel can be a great little summer project.

All you need to do is:

– Get some cress seeds (easy to get hold of in garden centres)

– Put some kitchen roll on a plate, make these damp then sprinkle the cress seeds all over

– Cover with a clear dish – a clear plastic box or bowl would be perfect

– Use a water spray to keep them nice and moist, and once they have grown around 1cm tall you can uncover them.

– When they are around 2cm tall or more you can cut them down and pop them in your sandwiches!

You can also grow cress quite easily in yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, egg shells or any plastic tub. Why not decorate the tub you put them in to give you an extra activity.

Fruit with eyes

Another idea for indoor food fun is funny fruit and veg!

All you need is a selection of fruit and/or vegetables, some cocktail sticks and some other craft bits and bobs.

The idea is to give fruit and veg a personality. You can do this by making eyes, moustaches, glasses, lips – just anything you think would be funny!

You could then use these as characters in a play. A puppet show style play could be fun with slightly larger sticks pushed into the bottom of the fruit and veg (depends on the item as to how effective this would be, clearly a very squishy tomato could cause all sorts of mess!)

 

Have a great summer – from the Play Experts 🙂