Fun Family Activities For Cold Rainy Days

Now that it’s officially winter, everyone is searching for ways to keep their families entertained during the cold and rainy days. Because lets face it, there’s no avoiding it in England! 

We’ve put some at home friendly ideas together for you that have been tried, tested and LOVED by the children at our holiday camps in Leicester and Manchester.

Autumn Crafts

What you’ll need: Paper, scissors, glue, pencils, collected leaves, twigs, googly eyes, paint, pens

How to: Head outside and collect a handful of items that can be used to create your child’s crafts. Think of ideas of what they can make out of their items that they’ve collected (animals always are a popular one). Now it’s time to get creative and start creating your crafts together!

Cardboard Gingerbread House Making

What you’ll need: Cardboard, coloured paper, pencils, scissors, glue, tape, cotton wool, pom poms etc

How to: Grab any leftover cardboard you have lying around the house (you might need to save a few boxes up for this). Then cut out 4 pieces to resemble the side of your gingerbread house. Stick everything together and then it’s time for the fun part, decorating! We’ve used material such as cotton wool to make snow on the roof before and made candy canes out of coloured paper.     

Letter Scavenger Hunt

What you need: Plain paper, coloured pens/ pencils, tape

How to: Write down letters on separate pieces of paper that make up a word. Make sure that each letter that makes up a word is in one colour. For example the letters C O O K I E S are all in yellow and the letters C H R I S T M A S are all in red. Tape the letters around the house for the children to find. Now it’s time for your child to search for the letters. Once they find all of the yellow letters for example, get them to try to unscramble the letters to make the word. If you have multiple children you can do this as a race to see who discovers the word first!

Firework Straw Art

What you’ll need: Paint, straws, paper, black paper, scissors, glue, glitter

How to: This ones a bit of a messy one so get prepared by laying down some newspapers on the table! Pour different coloured paints out for the children to use. Water them down slightly so they are thinner- bright paint tends to look the best for this craft. Then grab some straws and get started! Dip the end of the straw into the paint and blow through the other end onto the piece of paper to create a ‘firework effect’. If you’re feeling extra fancy you can put some glitter over the top of the paint once it’s dried with glue to create that sparkle that fireworks have. Whilst it’s drying it’s time to cut out a skyline using black paper to stick onto the bottom of the paper.

Christmas Tree Decorations

What you’ll need: Paper, scissors, card, string, coloured pens and pencils, paint

How to: This activity is always fun as it gets you all in the Christmas spirit, and gives you a little thing to remember the year by in years to come on the Christmas tree. Get some thick card and draw out a shape that you want your bauble to be, for example: a circle, a tree, a candy cane etc. Cut out and colour in or paint your decorations, finishing it off with a bit of string at the top so it’s ready to be hung on the tree.