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Posted on: Monday, 15 October 2012

Keeping Kids Busy On A Rainy Holiday

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A Rainy Holiday

A Rainy Holiday

You’ve planned an awesome time away with the children; the perfect way to unwind after a busy year spent at work and school. You’ve got days of picnics, beaches and swimming pools in mind. When, quite unexpectedly, the rains come. As water pelts your hotel window and children’s smiles turn into extended complaints of boredom, you’ll need some ideas on keeping them occupied until the weather dries up.

Here are some great activities that might just keep your little ones from ever wanting to go outside again!

• Make musical instruments from what you have available – an empty plastic water bottle filled with sand or pebbles, sticks drumming on suitcases, and so on. Then, put some cotton wool in your ears while they put on the performance of a lifetime!


Play Dough Fun

• Add sparkly glitter to play dough (or even a flour and water mixture) and get the kids to create their favourite scene from a movie or book that they love.

• Using a plastic cold drink bottle, make a rain-catcher. Simply cut off the bottom, which will now form the top of your water-catcher. Punch two holes in the sides from which to hang the rain-catcher from a tree and write measurements on the side with a permanent marker. Hang it outside and keep checking how full it is to see how much rain has fallen

• Hide a little gift or something that signifies a prize (if you haven’t been able to purchase one in the rain, use IOU’s) and then have a treasure hunt, complete with clues and booby traps.

• Have a picnic on the floor of your room. Try to include fun treats so that the little ones can get really excited about it.

Get Creative

Get Creative

• Take along some coloured card and crayons in case of just such an emergency. Then, make a project out of creating cards for friends and family. Perhaps you could get the kids to make cards for those lying sick in hospital. This will give them something to look forward to when they return home as they eagerly anticipate handing them out at a local facility.

• Make masks out of paper plates, using crayons, pens or paints. Secure these with elastic around the head or just hold them up in front of your faces.

• Have a pretend spa where you allow the children to give you massages, facials, manis and pedis. They’ll love playing with your cosmetics and creams, and you may even enjoy it.

• Put toddlers in the bath with shaving foam (coloured with food colouring, if possible) for hours and hours of messy fun.

Have A Puppet Show

Have A Puppet Show

• Have a dancing competition and encourage the children to dance as a ballerina, ballroom dancer, monkey on ice, sleepy puppy, and other funny concepts.

• Make up new nursery rhymes or poems and teach one another your creation.

Rain can put a real dampener on your vacation, but it doesn’t have to mean total disaster. Be innovative and willing to make a bit of a mess indoors for the sake of happy children and you will be well rewarded.

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Amelia Meyer


Amelia is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for all things travel-related. She is based in Knysna, but has studied, lived and travelled further afield. She studied Film, Media and Literature at the University of Cape Town. She began her solo career in the form of Voxate Writing & Editing in 2008 and loves every minute of it. Amelia believes in silver linings, lessons learnt and the responsibility to do what’s right. When she is not writing, she can frequently be found at the local animal shelter, on the bicycle trails of the nature reserves or sampling new restaurants with her family.

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2 comments about Keeping Kids Busy On A Rainy Holiday
  1. February 27th, 2013 at 05:21
    Duncan Faber says:

    We keep our kids busy with audiobooks. They’re far more engaging than dvds and tv, and it gets them interested in tv.

  2. March 6th, 2013 at 08:06
    Duncan Faber says:

    We have 5 kids so keeping the occupied is a big deal in my house.