To celebrate the re-launch of the Bassetts Vitamins range for all the family, they'd like you to share on this thread what you do with your DC (young or old) on a rainy day.
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Bassetts Vitamins say "we think family life is all about big puddles, big mud, big adventures, big tree-houses, big imaginations, big games, big days out, big messes, big noises and big fun - now we'd love to hear what fun times you and your family get up to when it's raining outside".
As the range includes vitamin products for all ages from 6 months, they'd love to hear from you, whatever age your DC are - whether they are teens or toddlers - what do you do or encourage your DC to do when it's all grey and rainy outside?
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We don't usually let rain stop us much, we do whatever we had planned anyway. None of us mind being wet and muddy! Bike rides along the muddy towpath are particularly fun. Then home to warm up with a bath and a film and a big bowl of popcorn. We all love rainy days.
Nope, I get grumpy in the rain (and my hair hates it!). For us it's indoor activities only - luckily we have lots of great museums nearby, or we'll pick a film at the cinema, or just mooch around a decent shopping centre (lots to just look at or hands on activities, at this time of year).
Play dough is a good rainy day activity, I love making different colours and scents, especially chocolate playdough with cocoa, or play dough with almond essence or peppermint, and we have a sweet shop.
Or we have a game where we write down six adjectives and six nouns, number them one to six, roll two dice and have to draw the thing the numbers describe - eg fat cat or scary tree.
My DC love splashing in puddles as much as anyone but nothing beats being at home by the fire when it's cold and rainy. We read books, bake, draw, paint, make necklaces, do clay modelling, watch movies, make hot chocolate with loads of toppings.
Rainy days in our house are usually baking days! We love to bake. We also cover the table with a cloth and get the paints out sometimes. If the rain isn't too bad I do always try and get them out for some fresh air - they love to jump in puddles in their wellies, so I try and get out for at least half an hour (plus we need to walk off the goodies we have baked)!
On a rainy day we tend to tog up in waterproofs and go out anyway so the toddler gets some air. That said, when it's pouring down all day we sometimes do some baking. Icing pens to decorate biscuits are also an easy form of entertainment - not much mess (well not as much as baking) and easy to do.
I agree with pp that I keep calm and carry on on a normal rainy day, it just has to be done. However if the weather is ridiculous I tend to find a board game to play with my DD who is 6. Our favourites are monopoly, scrabble and mousetrap. We then do "learning in disguise" in the form of hangman or countdown which I more for me because I'm obsessed. We then might snuggle under my duvet watching movies.
Well that depends on how active we are feeling! On an active day we put on our boots and go and find puddles to jump in and then come home for a hot chocolate! On lazy days we put fireman Sam on and skip straight to the hot chocolate part my dd doesn't appear to mind either!
Some days we continue as normal and head for a walk in the woods or visit to the beach and other days we stay in, make hot chocolate, and build a fort in the lounge! There is always some adventure to be found.