Baking

Cold, rainy weather is the perfect excuse for comfort food. So why not get the children involved? It’s a win-win in my book. You get yummy treats and the children are occupied and happy. Cakes are often the easiest as you can add ingredients in one at a time (each child taking turns) and, unless you are doing a meringue component or something tricky, cakes usually aren’t time sensitive so you don’t need to worry if they take ages to do things. If they accidentally dump all the eggs in at once, that’s ok too. Cakes can be more forgiving that you think. I love Margaret Fulton for my baking needs. If your children are under two, or not patient enough to cope with all those ingredients, consider a packet mix. I know it sounds like cheating, and they often don’t taste as nice as when you bake from ‘scratch’, but with Donna Hay and Adriano Zumbo producing their own packet products – it’s not too bad and let’s keep in mind, this isn’t a display of your baking skills. It’s a ‘keep the kids entertained’ activity.

Don't forget to lick the bowl! It's our favourite part of baking (other than the eating).

Don’t forget to lick the bowl! It’s our favourite part of baking (other than the eating).

Puzzles

No matter what their age, puzzles are great. From the two piece puzzles for under 2s to the puzzles that take up the entire bedroom floor when they get older. Another great thing about puzzles, is that they can be done with other children.

Puzzles can often be frustrating for children, but resist the temptation to do it for them. Guide them but let them experience the joy of pushing past frustration to the satisfaction of having worked it out for themselves.

Puzzles can often be frustrating for children, but resist the temptation to do it for them. Guide them but let them experience the joy of pushing past frustration to the satisfaction of having worked it out for themselves.

Craft

Spread your table with a tablecloth you don’t care about, or an old sheet, and let their creative juices flow. You can stock up on coloured paper, glue, coloured matchstick, glitter, scissors, etc at Costco or dollar stores. This week we made flowers with origami paper bases and patty cases. My daughter loves to make cards and put them in the post. If you’re stuck for ideas – have a quick look at pintrest! Often I just let my daughter go. She is much more creative than I am and I don’t want to hold her back.

Patty Case Flowers

Patty Case Flowers

Our craft supplies used to make the flowers.

Our craft supplies used to make the flowers.

Potted Colour

Plant some indoor colour. Gardening stores are full of cheap and cheerful plants. We picked ours up for $2 per plant. Then the next days activity is giving them a water and taking off any dead leaves or flowers – it’s the activity that just keeps going!

Little Miss planting the flowers she chose from the nursery.

Little Miss planting the flowers she chose from the nursery.

Rug Up and Walk!

I know this may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you have a Peppa Pig fan – live out those jumping in muddy puddles episodes. Trust me, it’s great fun! You are likely to end up cold and wet, so make sure you run a hot bath before you go, so you just need to top it up with some more hot water. That way you can get them straight into the bath. There’s also something appealing and fun about having a bath at the ‘wrong’ time.

Much to my daughter's delight, we found muddy puddles at the nursery.

Much to my daughter’s delight, we found muddy puddles at the nursery.

Baths

Speaking of baths… Check out the washable crayons that they can use to draw all over themselves, or the coloured bubble blowing mixtures, and the continually broadening array of bubble baths – you’ll just have to resist the temptation to jump in with them. Or not! Depending on how big your bath is!

Painting

Now this depends on your house and how you cope with messy activities. We plonk a paint sheet on the tiles so we don’t have to worry about getting paint on the floor (tiles wipe easily but the grout doesn’t). We also invested in an easel which has made life a whole lot easier. The paint pots have a dedicated tray with holders so they don’t tip over and the paper is clipped onto the board. If you are really adventurous and have a thermomix, you can even make your own paint! That’s a whole other activity in itself.

Little Miss experimenting with different patterns and textures. I put our little man in his high chair with a snack and he's happy to watch. Sometimes I give him some craft of his own in his high char.

Little Miss experimenting with different patterns and textures. I put our little man in his high chair with a snack and he’s happy to watch. Sometimes I give him some craft of his own in his high char.

Cubby Houses

Some of my fondest memories are when my cousins and I raided my grandmother’s linen cupboard and built cubby houses that went from one room to the next. If you need some inspiration, check out these amazing cubby houses from a previous post.

 

Hopefully this has given you a few ideas to keep your children occupied in the cold, wet weather we’ve been having. If you have a favourite rainy weather activity that I haven’t covered, feel free to share it.

Written by Nadia

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Leanne

Baking and painting are popular here too. Miss 3 stands on the step ladder to assist. She is learning to crack eggs and loves kneading and rolling out dough. Miss 3 and I made sparkly paint with hairgel, food colouring and glitter which proved popular to use. We have dress ups, hide and seek under the doona, tower building comps now master 1 likes blocks and lego and playdough is popular too. On weekends we have movie afternoons and make popcorn and watch a kids movie together. Our local library and park are havens too, when it isn’t too rainy. The park has a duck pond that the kids love and you are allowed to feed them.

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