At a loss for ideas during those dull, rainy days? Let’s be honest, being stuck inside can often be a chore for youngsters and adults alike, but it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself. In fact, it can be an excellent opportunity to unleash your creative side and bond with the family. Whether it’s building dens or putting together fun-packed science experiments, these top five suggestions are sure to keep the family entertained for hours to come.
1. Make your own science experiments
Who says that science can’t be fun? There’s no shortage of family-friendly experiments to keep everyone entertained, and who knows, you might end up learning a thing or two yourself. Some popular ideas include lava lamps, baking-soda volcanoes and snow-globes, but there’s no shortage of ideas out there. You could even give the family a pop quiz at the end of each experiment to test what they’ve learned.
2. Indoor camping
Ever wanted to experience the thrill of camping without having to step outdoors? Begin by investing in a few pop-up tents and enjoy a holiday from the comfort of your own living room. As an alternative you could even make a fort using furniture or blankets (just make sure to grab plenty of snacks and board games beforehand.) You can even dress the part and top the night off by telling scary stories or singing your favorite campfire songs.
3. Put on a talent show
Let your creativity go wild by hosting a talent show from your very own home. Whether it’s karaoke, dancing or even stand-up comedy, there’s no shortage of ideas and it can be a great confidence booster for younger ones. Not only is it great fun, but it’s an excellent chance to get the adults involved too. If you want to make things even more interesting you can put together a panel of judges and set aside prizes for each winner.
4. Stage your very own play
You don’t necessarily have to be the next William Shakespeare, but writing a play as a family can be a great way to encourage your children’s creativity. Write down a few prompts to get everyone started, then put on your very own performance once you’re done. If you really want to get everyone involved you can make your own props and costumes from unused items around the house.
5. Host your own bake-off
Provided that your youngsters are old enough to help around the kitchen, cooking can be a great way to get the whole family involved. Start with simple recipes such as cookies or cupcakes and let their creativity run wild. If you’re looking for a little more excitement, you could host your own baking contest and judge each other’s creations.
Whether you’re camping indoors or putting together your own science experiments, there’s sure to be something in this list for everyone. After all, being cooped up doesn’t mean you can’t have fun, and there’s no shortage of ways to keep everyone busy. Use this list as a guide or add your own ideas, but most importantly, remember to enjoy yourself.