Here in Sheffield we've had the worst rainfall in many years. We've been issued severe flood warnings, rivers have burst their banks, traffic is at a standstill, and several people have been hospitalised due to the floods.
But it's not all doom and gloom! Safe at home we've been devising a list of things to do on a rainy day, to help you and your little ones feel much more cheerful amidst the rainclouds!
Here's what we've come up with so far:
- Find an old shoe box and fill it with bits and pieces from around the house (scraps of paper, magazine cuttings, unused fabric, feathers, stickers, etc.). Let the kids decorate the box with all the bits and pieces you've found. This can become your "rainy day box"!
- Get dressed up in all your waterproofs and wellingtons, then have fun splashing around in puddles!
- Venture into the back garden to find snails. The kids can have great fun seeing how many snails they can find, comparing the shells etc.
- Find some pictures or postcards of warm sunny locations and make a collage.
- Then, the kids could get dressed up in summery clothes and pretend they are on holiday instead!
- Create a rain-themed karaoke with any "rainy day" songs you can find (eg: "singing in the rain", "When it's raining it's raining", "Sunshine on a rainy day"). Or just sing nursery rhymes about the rain instead (Mama Lisa has some great ones here)
We've stuck this list to the inside of our "rainy day box" with room to add more as we think of them. Then next time it rains, we can be sure the kids won't be bored!