It can be a bit of a dampener, literally and figuratively, when it comes to the weekend and there is rain.

If you have children, you will know that most outdoor activities that they had planned will be canceled and so you will need to entertain them at home. This may sound intimidating but don’t worry! You won’t have to spend a fortune on ordering takeaways and ordering movies to keep your children happy. There are many affordable activities that you can do in the home, which will not rely on television smartphones, or gaming devices.

So, with that in mind, what are 5 things that you can do to keep your child or children entertained when the heavens have opened and they are stuck indoors?

1. Have A Movie Day

One of the most popular things to do with kids which require very little energy is to watch movies. But rather than just sticking on Frozen for the millionth time, why not aim to watch movies that have a set theme, such as action or adventure, or even animal-based movies which your child may not have seen? Of course, make sure that there are also snacks available if possible, such as popcorn or fruit.

2. Play A Board Game

It can seem a bit odd to play board games when the internet can provide thousands, if not millions of games for your child to play by themselves. However, playing a board game will help with social skills and will also likely take longer than playing the next level on Halo!

Also, in some instances, board games are easy to learn but difficult to master. Chess is a perfect example of this. So, if you have played chess in the past, this can be a great game to teach your child as well as how to master.

3. Plant Seeds And Plants

If you have been waiting to plant some seeds out in your backyard or on your balcony, a rainy day is a perfect time to do it. You simply need access to some soil, some parts, and of course the seeds. This can be a great way for your child to learn about how to plant seeds and about the different kinds of flowers, vegetables, and fruits that can be planted in your back garden or your balcony. Hopefully, if they enjoy this, they will want to be involved with the entire plant growing process.

4. Build Something

If you remember the craze of 3D puzzles from about 15 years ago, you will know that there is nothing more fulfilling when you were stuck indoors than building something from scratch. Of course, you don’t need to actually have a 3D puzzle to hand to do this, and you can build something out of Legos, or you can even make an Eiffel Tower out of newspapers. This can be a fun skill and a great way to pass the time. If the object that is built is sturdy enough, it can even be kept and displayed in your child’s bedroom.

5. Paint

Finally, the most obvious thing to do with your child on a rainy day is to paint a picture. Why not engage in a bit of still life, and get them to paint something that you have around the home, such as a cup, a bottle, or even an ornament? If you have access to clay, why not ask them to create something like a mouse, or a snake and then paint it?