Ideas for all the family – young and old – in a caravan, motorhome or any home
The holidays are fast approaching. Whilst we can’t guarantee good weather, we can promise you lots of fun with our collection of activities for rainy days.
Whether you are staying at home, or will be tucked up in a cosy caravan or motorhome, there are plenty of fun things to do. You’ll only need basic equipment for most of the activities suggested below.
Create your own rainy day activity jar
A great idea to get you started is to make your own rainy day activity jar. Cut up 30 pieces of coloured paper. Make sure the paper slips are big enough to write on and then fold in half. Write one activity on each paper slip that you will enjoy as a family. Fill the jar with the paper slips. When it is wet or the kids are bored, pull a piece of paper out for a surprise activity. To make it more exciting, consider including some fun forfeits and tasty treats.
Make paper airplanes
There are lots of paper airplane templates available online if you can’t remember the basics. Hold a plane making competition, with prizes for the most highly decorated plane, the plane that flies the furthest, and the plane that best loops the loop. The skies the limit!
Make some biscuits or cakes
It’s always a good idea to have basic cake or biscuit ingredients to hand, especially when you’re away from home. Print out your favourite recipe to take away with you (or check out ours for ‘caravancakes’). If you are in a caravan or motorhome and it’s cold and wet outside, having the oven on will also warm you up nicely.
Read a book
There is nothing better to do on a wet day than curl up with a good book. You could even start reading a story as a family. Pack a selection of books before you go and even if it doesn’t rain, you can still enjoy a chapter or two. One of our team used to work in the children’s department of a leading UK bookstore. If you’re looking for inspiration, click here for her handy list of titles your child might enjoy.
Make up your own story
Don’t limit yourself to the stories others have written. We absolutely love using Rory’s Story Cubes to make up tales of our own. From Batman to Moomins, Scooby-Do to Dr Who, there really is a set for everyone. Pocket sized and perfect time fillers, we could play these all day long.
Design a new superhero
Once you’ve made up your own story, why not design yourself a superhero? What are their super powers? What does their costume look like? Who would their nemesis be? Come up with a secret identity, and where they might live. Then draw a cartoon strip featuring your hero, or design the front cover of a comic book. Don’t worry if you’re not so great at drawing, stick figures are just as good.
Play a game of ‘Boxes’
An oldie but a goodie. All you need is a piece of paper and a pen. First, draw a grid of evenly spaced dots, for example 10 dots by 10 dots. To play, each player takes it in turn to join 2 dots together with a line, either vertically or horizontally but not diagonally. The idea is to build up boxes with all four lines completed. If you are the player who completes a box, you claim it by writing your initials inside. Once you complete a box, you get another go and draw another line. The winner is the person with the most boxes when the grid has been filled.
Go to the beach
Regardless of the rain. Sandcastles are bigger and better when the sand is wet. Hold a competition to build sand sculptures in the shape of different animals. Once the kids are busy creating, they will soon forget the weather.
Design a board game
This can be done individually or as a group, and could be developed over several days. Even if you don’t have what is required to make the game itself, planning and creating the rules can be just as fun – perhaps with the promise of making the game on another rainy day when you get home.
Make a play or show and act it out for the family
Act out your favourite tale or make up a new story. Creating a play is a fantastic activity which involves a whole lot of creativity and very little in the way of materials. It’s even more fun if you’re away in your caravan or motorhome, as you can be more creative with a limited set of props.
Write a story
Writing a story is a great way to fill a wet afternoon. Brainstorm some topics and let your imagination run riot. You can write about anything, from a bad day at the zoo to a jungle adventure, to what you think will happen if it doesn’t stop raining. You can draw some pictures to bring it to life, or cut out images from a magazine to go with it. Or if a entire story isn’t your thing, try creating your own cartoon or mini-magazine instead.
Play animal alphabet
Animal alphabet is nice and simple. Beginning with the letter A, each player takes it in turn to name an animal starting with that letter, for example Ant, Antelope etc. Then everyone moves on to the letter B, and so on. We highly recommend leaving out the letter X (Xenopus anyone!). You can make up your own variation of this game, using towns, food, or even names. Change the rules to make it as simple or as difficult as you like.
A firm favourite with young children, and parents looking to calm young kids down! The game starts with all the children lying down and pretending they are sleeping lions. The winner is the one who can lie there for the longest without moving or talking!
Teach a new skill
It’s easy to take our own life skills for granted. Can you knit? Tie knots? Make a sling? Are you a whizz at magic or card tricks? Many of us possess a skill of some sort that can be passed on to the next generation. When we asked around the office, it was amazing how many family skills had been taught in this way, some weird (hanky crackers spring to mind), most wonderful.
We hope our list has inspired you. Perhaps you’d like to share some of your own family favourites? If so, we’d love to hear from you in the comments below.