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Thank goodness its summer but when it rains it can be hard to entertain the kiddos. Here is a list of ten exciting ideas that will keep the children entertained!

1. Create a Town in a Cardboard Box

If you have a giant cardboard box, why not draw a town on the bottom of the box, with roads, tracks, bridges, parks, car-parks, etc. Add some wooden building blocks, cars,trains and some wooden/plastic animals. And let your kid’s imagination run wild. Older kids could help with decorating/creating the scene.

2. Play cards

Remember the card games you used to play as a child? Why not teach your kids how to play some card games. Here are 15 fun card games for kids.

3. Bake

Most kids love to bake, with the promise of a sweet treat at the end! Here are 10 Easy Peasy Baking Recipes for Kids, and we have lots more recipe ideas in our food and recipes section, to give you some inspiration.

4. Create a Play/Show

Have the children put on a play or show (don’t forget to film it!)

5. Hold an indoor Scavenger Hunt

Nearly everyone owns a digital camera or has camera function on their mobile phone. Make up a list of items, that can be found throughout the house. The children must find and photograph each item on the list! Why not try finding the items on our Scavenger Hunt!

6. Have a tea-party/indoor picnic

Spread out the picnic blanket/kids table and set out little plates with snacks and drinks and napkins and enjoy an indoor picnic! Cuddly toys also make useful guests!

7. Play dress-up

You can let the kids use their dress-up boxes, but more fun is to let them loose in your wardrobes. Ideally drag out some of your older clothes, that are not fashionable anymore, but that doesn’t mean your little one won’t love running around in them!

8. Go Camping in the Great Indoors!

What child doesn’t love building a princess castle or a fortress indoors? Pick a room in the house that you don’t mind being rearranged for a few hours, and use sheets and blankets and lots of pegs to secure them as a roof between tables, sofas and chairs. Let them decorate, bring in their toys, books, and perhaps even enjoy a picnic lunch in their camp.

9. Indoor Obstacle Course

Create an indoor obstacle course with plenty of climbing, crawling, hopping, jumping, falling on cushions/mattresses and let the kids go mad and try to beat each other’s times round the course.

10. Make sock puppets

Gather up some of your old sock, and some items for eyes, mouths, and noses, to make some sock puppets. If your kids can sew, they can add the decorating with needle and thread, but for younger kids use glue. You could create a puppet theatre in a cardboard box, and let the kids put on a puppet show for you – be sure to record it though.

Have fun and enjoy your summer.

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