Days at home with children can feel long! There’s so many craft and game ideas floating around online for rainy days, but what ones work? And more importantly – How to sift out the ones that leave a massive mess with interest lost within minutes!
As we are all stuck indoors so much more at the moment, I thought I would share our favourite easy games to play at home that have been tried and tested with my children.
How to Make a Skittle Rainbow
This has to be the easiest by far, but don’t let the fact it looks like it will be over in seconds put you off.
Basically it’s adding water to Skittles so the dye runs out, but both my children at different times have been so excited about this. I did it for the first time with my little boy when he was about three and he was mesmerised. Then again, last week with my six year old and she loved it.
All you need is a bag of skittles, a plate and a jug of warm water.
Give your children the task of arranging the sweets around the edge of the plate and once you have enough to create a circle you are ready to create your rainbow. Slowly pour the warm water in the centre of the plate and sit back and watch as the colours start to run and mingle creating a pretty rainbow.
After you have done one my children then loved using the rest of the bag to make colour designs with different combinations. Once finished, they also enjoyed using a straw to slurp up what my daughter called rainbow juice from the plate!
Kitchen Cupboard Lava Lamp
This simple science experiment using items normally lurking at the back of the kitchen cupboard was lots of fun when we tried it in the summer. With just a few ingredients you can make a chemical reaction that’s pretty to watch and keeps going and going. I’ve shared how we made our easy lava lamp here
Two Ingredient Slime
The lure of slime has never waned in my house, and so my little girl loved being able to make it herself with what we had at home. We’ve had actual slime kits with all the chemicals and faff, but an easy peasy alternative is corn flour and water. I was sceptical thinking it was just going to make either a runny mixture or playdough, but the texture this easy slime mix makes, is brilliant.
As well as my daughter I quite enjoyed having a play – It has that satisfying feel of coming together into a solid lump when you squeeze it, yet it reverts back into liquid dripping through your fingers, as soon as you open up your hand.
To make, you simply pour a bag of corn flour into a bowl and then while stirring add the water a little at a time. We added some food colouring too, which if you have some brightens it up.
Spaghetti and Marshmallow Towers
The marshmallow spaghetti game takes seconds to set up and is lots of fun. We tried this in the first lockdown so took advantage of the weather and made them in the garden, but its also great for rainy afternoons indoors.
All you need to do is to give each child a bowl of marshmallows and some dry spaghetti and the aim of the game is to see who can build the best structure using only these items. I’ve written about the fun we had doing the marshmallow spaghetti challenge here
Some more boredom busters to try…
My children have loved keeping in touch with family and friends on video chats. We have tried lots of different games and quizzes. I have made some into printables you can download here.
We are really lucky to have a big garden space to play in, and like many we have a trampoline that the kids LOVE to bounce on. With so many hours to fill right now, I’ve written a post here with 6 fun things to do on a trampoline.
Have you heard of squishy bags? An easy way to have fun with slime at home without the mess. here’s how we made ours.