This has been one of the warmest and dryest summers on record, but one day, it's sure to break! It has to!
And when that day comes, you'll definitely need a few activities up your sleeve to keep the little ones entertained for hours on end.
From no-oven kitchen treats to edible slime workshops, here are a few ideas to inspire those inevitable rainy days...
Don your aprons
Baking is a great way to keep the troops occupied, with the added bonus of a sweet treat to look forward to at the end!
Make your own Bird feeders
It might be raining outside, but these homemade bird feeders are a great way to keep in touch with nature from the comfort of the warm. They only require three ingredients and can be made into any shape you like with a biscuit cutter (just be careful and make sure an adult stays present, as biscuit cutters can be sharp!). Thread with a loop of string or ribbon and you’re good to go.
Want to turn it into a game or competition? Create a checklist of common garden birds. The player who spots and ticks off the most birds over the course of the day wins!
Host a Paddington party
Everyone loves Paddington bear. So why not host a Paddington party. Make sure you get your hands on a Paddington DVD, and put together an indoor picnic of marmalade sandwiches. You can even dim the lights like you're at the cinema! Little navy coat and red hat optional...
host your own Balloon bath tub races
Bath sponges, balloons and a few plastic tubes are all you need to make these super fun balloon speedboats. Fill the tub, organise a race and watch the laughter unfold. Even the big kids will want to get involved with this one.
time for Edible slime workshop
This is play dough with a difference — it’s delicious!
Simply melt some gummy bears in the microwave and stir in icing sugar and corn flour. Once it’s cool enough to touch, knead until smooth. Just remember to keep the melted gummy bear mixture out of reach of any little ones until it’s ready to play with - it will be seriously hot.