We’ve a bucket full of ideas to make sure the wet weather won't dampen your spirits this week. Stay inside and enjoy quality time together with the family or get outdoors and make the most of the downpour with these cheap and cheerful ideas.

INDOOR PLAY

Teddy Bears’ Picnic

A classic activity we know, but give your teddy bear's picnic a twist by combining it with a cookery class. Get together to make the party food, gather up as many of the children's teddies as you can and sit them all down on a rug, throw or even a duvet and serve up the snacks. You might need to finish off some of their lunch though - everyone knows that teddies get full tummies in no time.

Tip: Pop a few potted plants, flowers around the edge of your indoor picnic area to really set the scene.

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Fancy dress-up

Dive into the back of your wardrobe and - as long as it doesn’t open up into Narnia - you’ll probably find hats, scarves, costumes, old tops and shoes that you haven’t stepped into in years. Rainy days are the best days to let their imagination run wild, so pile your piles of old clothes into a dress-up box and get them to put on a show for you.

Tip: Remember to video them doing their best impressions of you - and you can watch them back next time it rains.

 

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Dining room disco

Close the curtains, turn up the music and dance, dance, dance. If they get tired, take it down a level and let them become radio DJ’s for an hour or so and simply record them introducing their favourite songs.

Tip: Music channels on the TV are great if you have them - the kids can copy their pop heroes...until you show them how it’s really done.

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Edible jewellery

It’s amazing what you can make with some mini marshmallows, dried apricots and cereal hoops. Get the kids to thread them onto some strawberry laces to make necklaces and bracelets for a sweet snack later.

Tip: Once they’ve made a pile of jewel-sweets, hide them around the house and write some clues on scrap paper for a treasure hunt.

OUTDOOR PLAY

Follow-the-leader puddle splashing

Choose a safe route - driveways and garden paths or woodland walkways are ideal. Then form a not-so-orderly queue and set off. Give each leader three puddles and then let the person at the back of the line move to the front for their turn. The challenge is: who can get everyone the wettest?

Tip: A fun variation on this is to play Hopscotch in puddles - use the biggest puddle you can find as the last square.

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Rainbow river paintings

Make multi-coloured masterpieces by putting some drops of food colouring onto a sheet of paper, then taking it out in the rain. The spatters and streams from the water should give you some fun patterns to stick on the fridge when they dry.

Tip: Be careful with the food colouring - it can leave a stain. Wear old clothes and keep their wet works of art away from furniture and carpets like you would with paint.

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Mud pie making

We usually prefer to make our own pastry pies, but just this once we’re all for a bit of messy fun with the mud variety. See who can come up with the best recipe (and shapes) using grass, leaves and soggy soil - but make sure they stick to the real thing for supper.

Tip: If the rain clears, end the outdoor ‘cooking’ session with a make-believe muddy tea party.

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An ideal rainy day recipe? Lemon Drizzle cake of course...

A great little recipe for everyone to enjoy trying together. Just the thing to serve at a Teddy Bears' picnic, but even better to keep for yourselves as you watch the rain from the comfort of your kitchen.

View the recipe here