Entertaining a toddler on a rainy afternoon can sometimes prove a bit challenging… There are after all only so many episodes of Peppa Pig or Paw Patrol that you can watch before one of you (probably Mummy or Daddy) is trying to hide the remote. Toys can also quickly lose their appeal, especially if they are played with every day.
So it’s sometimes handy to have a few ideas up your sleeve or a few activities tucked away for when the rain starts to pour and you know you still have three hours until tea time.
Here at Mum life we’ve pulled together a list of our favourite ideas:
1. Play Doh
This is a classic family activity and should hopefully entertain your little one for at least fifteen minutes (!) Make sure you have a few cutters and implements to hand to help make some interesting shapes and creations. If like me your repertoire consists of snowmen and snails then cutters will open up a whole new world for you. A word of warning though, you may find you get requests for play doh for days afterwards.
2. Build a fort
A really simple but fun idea, turn your living room into a fort for the afternoon. Pull off the sofa cushions, dig out some blankets and rearrange the furniture. Pretend to be pirates or knights or princes or princesses hiding in or protecting your fort. A few well-practiced ‘Arrrs’ is often enough to have your little one in hysterics. Or for a more serene time, dig out some fairy lights and turn your fort into a magical world. Add a few snacks and maybe a book or two and you’re set for a fun filled hour.
This is one you may need to plan ahead for (unless you are very organised and have a cupboard stocked with baking supplies) but venturing out to get the right ingredients could be part of the fun. Fairy cakes, rice crispie cakes, cookies, brownies… take your pick and enjoy getting a bit messy in the kitchen. Toddlers love getting involved in the mixing and decorating so roll up your sleeves and get stuck in. You can then enjoy the tasty treats together fresh from the oven or bowl!
These have fast become a favourite in our house and I would really recommend having a few sticker books hidden away. A great activity for when you want to sit down with a cuppa and they can be educational too (just make sure you choose a book with plenty of extra stickers). Personally, I have to fight the urge to place all the stickers in their proper places and instead have learnt to embrace the mayhem and watch as my little one places them at random on different pages or on my tummy!
5. Painting and colouring
An oldie but a goodie, arts and crafts are a must for a rainy afternoon. Sometimes all you need are a few crayons and a blank page but on other days having a colouring book or some paints to hand might be just the trick. We have recently discovered water pens that give us some colourful pictures without the mess… genius!
And finally, once the rain has stopped pouring, why not pull on your waterproofs and wellington boots and head out find some muddy puddles to jump in. After all, why should Peppa have all the fun?!