Things to do on a rainy day in lockdown
After weeks of dry sunny weather, that has definitely made being at home with children a lot easier for parents, it looks like the forecast is bringing some cooler wetter weather.
If you're in need of some rainy day ideas to keep the kids occupied indoors as life in lockdown continues, we've some suggestions that might help...
50 things to do indoors
When school closures and social-distancing guidelines were first announced My Kent Family published a list of 50 possible things to do with the family during lockdown.
Suggestions for activities indoors include organising a family movie night, making fat balls or feeders for the birds, crafting paper aeroplanes and creating a family portrait or piece of artwork to mark your time in lockdown.
Could you make your own personalised movie tickets or sell your own snacks for the ultimate cinematic experience?
Perhaps use making the bird food as a chance to encourage children to take part in the RSPB's #BreakfastBirdwatch or maybe create a family flying competition with a prize for the person that can build and launch the best paper plane that goes the farthest or highest? If you're doing a piece of family artwork you can use photographs, paints or maybe even your hand prints pushed into salt dough to record your moment in history.
There is also a list of possible games in the list such as an indoor hopscotch, teaching the kids a family card game or a fun and silly round of 'would you rather'. (There's definitely lots of questions you can pose for the latter as we all spend lots of time at home thinking about what we'd most like to do when this is over).
Design a postcard for someone living alone
Families have been socially distancing for a considerable number of weeks now and for those living alone this has meant a lot of days and weeks by themselves.
And whilst we're all improving our use of technology, phones and apps to instantly connect with our loved ones it's not always the same as a hand written letter or drawing through the post, particularly for older generations.
Do you have a family member who is living by themselves? Or is there someone in your street without anyone else indoors for company?
Get the kids to design and write a letter or even a postcard about what they've been busy doing during lockdown. If you've younger children perhaps they can draw the picture on the front and you can take care of a short message on their behalf?
If the days are rainy but the evenings dry - dash into the garden for half an hour of fresh air and try your hand at some stargazing.
Venus is currently the third brightest object in the sky after the sun and moon and, until the end of May, the planet will be a bright feature of the western sky after sunset and well into the night as its orbit brings it closer to Earth.
Delegate to a famous face
No, not quite Mary Poppins but there are a raft of celebrities and television personalities who have signed up to help with a series of new programmes aimed at youngsters now learning at home.
Musicians Mabel and Liam Payne, Professor Brian Cox, Manchester City footballer Sergio Aguero and even Sir David Attenborough are all presenting programmes and lessons on the BBC in their chosen field to try and engage youngsters in topics such as music, languages, science and nature.
If your home school staff need a break, check out the new and revised BBC Bitesize learning programme for something else the kids might enjoy that's educational too!
For younger children there's also a new music show on Cbeebies fronted by Britpop musician Nick Cope in which he and a team of children produce new songs and rhythms and don't forget a raft of new Cbeebies bedtime stories are also available this week from popular British actor Tom Hardy.
Brush up on the cooking skills
If the weather really is too wet to go outside then turn your attention to the kitchen and teach them some basic cooking skills, especially if you're struggling to get flour and eggs for more traditional baking.
All will require adult supervision but some they may be able to complete independently as they help you cook dinner but others may require some help or for you to show them.
Make use of the Disney+ free trial
Disney's new streaming service continues to offer an initial seven day free trial for new subscribers. So if the kids are fed up, climbing the walls and you need Mary Poppins - you can find her amongst the many new films, television series and documentaries now available all in one place.
Disney+ can be watched on television or through a tablet, laptop or phone.
Don't let rain stop all the play!
A little rain never hurt anybody - so the saying goes. And whilst it makes it more difficult to keep the kids occupied when it pours continuously and you can't usher them quickly into the garden to play, in the current climate youngsters will benefit from a dose of fresh air each day as they find themselves not leaving home for any other reason such as going to school or to visit family.
Dig out the welly boots, the waterproofs and the umbrellas that may have moved to the back of the cupboard in the past few weeks and brave a stroll in the showers. You could even join in some puddle jumping too!