We all remember how it feels to be young and excited about big plans only to have them crushed by the weather. Here are some activities to store away for your next rainy day with the kids that aren't expensive and should keep the kids excited for their next rainy day.
Cooking for children these days can be hard. 'You'll eat what you're given' is rarely the case any more, but it is worth remembering that appearance is half the battle. Its great to teach your kids to cook early so that they can enjoy cooking as an adult and its great fun!
Try making these great muffins with your kids on arainy day. They are make to be Cookie Monster, but with a bit of artistic skill they can be anything.
One muffin mix (or you could try making one yourself) A vanillla icing mix (this also could be made by hand if you like) Blue food colouring Dessicated coconut
White chocolate melts Cooking milk chocolate
Chocolate chip cookies (or any other cookies you like)
Cook the muffins in advance. If your children are old enough to know not to touch the over or throw the mix on the floor, then this is a great fun experience to share with the kids too. Allow the muffins too cool completely before beginning to apply the icing.
1) Stir blue food dye to the icing mix until the icing is a consistent deep blue.
2) In a separate bowl stir food dye into the coconut. As good consistency is nice, but not a big concern.
3) Ice the top and slightly down the sides of the muffins.
4) Dunk the muffins into the coconut.
5) Melt cooking chocolate.
If your kids are too young to participate in the above, here is where they can help:
6) With the blunt end of the mixing spoon dab small amounts of chocolate into the center of a white chocolate melt (this is an eye).
7) Make two eyes for each muffin and attach with leftover icing.
8) Crush cookies and stab a sharp corner into the muffin under the Cookie Monster's eyes.
Children are naturally creative. If you are interested in scrapbooking or anything crafty like that, your child is probably very eager to give it a go. Disposable cameras are cheap and your children will be able to make scrapbooks and collages out of their own photos or to put on cards.
You might remember grass heads from when you were young, if you own a bird, a handful of bird seed and dirt in an old stocking is just as exciting as it always used to be. Don't forget to draw on his eyes, nose and mouth and try to keep the seeds at the top so that his hair will grow out of his head. With grass heads you can teach your child the fundamentals of plant growth.
Live in an apartment without pets? What about a pet rock? Run out side with a raincoat and grab a smooth rock. Your kid can draw his some eyes, glue on some hair and there you have a perfect low maintenance pet.
Here are some other activities and some to stay away from:
I don't recommend watching old cartoons and movies from when you were a kid. What was exciting back when we were kids is no longer exciting. Ren and Stimpy might still be winners in our hearts but not only are the newer programs educationally advantageous, they are also animated with newer technology and can hold attention a lot better.
Family photos aren't fun, they are boring, no matter what you think. A fun way for you to tell your kids about their family history and help them remember for their kids is to make a family tree. Get a large piece of butchers paper or cardboard, spare photos of all the relatives, and some textas, and draw a nice big green tree. Get the kids involved doing drawing and sticking down photos and if you can, get the family over to help. Sometime for relatives that the children know it might be fun to draw their picture with their name underneath instead of the photo. Don't forget to put the kids in the tree, it's their tree too!
Keep these in mind for the next rainy day; they may just save your sanity.