This section is all about what to do on a cold, rainy day when you hear those dreaded words “I’m bored”! The resources are designed to be used in the home, during long weekends and school holidays and can be used as stand alone activities or linked to the Outdoor activities.

This section is also useful for families who are having children and young people to stay for the first time and want some ideas to make their visitors feel welcome.

Resource packs

Resource pack 0-4
Resource pack 4-8
Resource pack 8-12
Resource pack 12-18

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION MATERIALS REQUIRED
Art and craft session using patterns, textures and smells Put shaving foam, jelly, sand or cornflour into a tray. Use spoons, hands and shape cutters to make patterns and explore textures and smells. You can add food colouring and glitter to the cornflour. Apron
Cornflour
Food colouring
Glitter
Jelly
Sand
Shape cutters
Shaving foam
Spoons
Tray
Homemade Playdough Playdough is a fun, clay-like substance that children love. It can be expensive to buy but it’s very easy to make at home at a fraction of the cost. Just mix 1/2 a cup of salt, 1/2 a cup of water, 1 cup of flour, a few drops of food dye or glitter (any colour, be creative!). You can adapt the Playdough for more sensory play by adding rice or porridge oats to give a more textured feeling. Use shape cutters to make interesting shapes. Apron
Cup
Food colouring
Glitter (optional)
Mixing bowl
Flour
Porridge oats (optional)
Rice (optional)
Salt
Shape cutters
Spoon
Water
Water play Fill a deep tray/container with water. Add toy fish to make it into an aquarium or pond. Use funnels and food colouring to add to the fun. Apron
Deep tray or other container
Food colouring
Funnels
Toy fish
Sand play Fill a deep tray/container with sand. Use spoons and small containers to make sand castles. You can also make flags using lollipop sticks and paper. Deep tray or other container
Lollipop sticks
Paper
Sand
Small containers
Spoons
Gardening Plant sunflower seeds or green bean seeds in a small pot. Water them and watch them grow on the window sill. Earth
Seeds
Small plant pots
Painting, printing and modelling Painting: use different size brushes, rollers.
Hand printing: make into shapes of trees, angels, etc.
Leaf printing: use in conjunction with one of the Outdoor activities.
Use straws for blow painting.
Junk modelling – gluing and sticking: use empty cardboard boxes, tubs etc.
Food printing: use fruit and vegetables such as carrots, mushrooms, apples and potatoes to make paintings and art work.
Apron
Empty containers
Fruit and vegetables
Glue
Leaves
Paint brushes
Paints
Paper
Straws
Scavenger hunt Write a list (or use pictures for non-readers) of items to collect from the garden or around the home.
Give children a set time to collect as many items as possible.
Points to be given for good team work, creativity, etc. (ie. NOT for coming first!)
List of items to collect
Clipboards and pencils
Tray to display collected items
Role Play and Dressing up Post office: make a post box from empty cardboard boxes. Write letters and use envelopes and stamps.

Food Shop: use food from around the house to set up a shop, you can also use empty tubs, boxes etc. Use/make play money.

Hospital: set up a hospital bed on chair or sofa, use teddies and dolls as patients and use plasters and bandages to fix wounds.

Cardboard boxes
Play stamps
Used postage stamps
Writing paper and envelopes
Play money
Pencils

Cardboard boxes
Empty food/drink packaging
Play money

Bandages
Dolls
Plasters
Teddy bears

Music and movement Homemade instruments: fill empty bottles with rice to make maracas. Empty coffee pots and butter tubs can be made into drums.

Dance along to nursery rhymes/action songs: the “Hokey cokey”, “Walking through the Jungle”, “Wheels on the Bus”, “Wind the Bobbin Up”, ”1,2,3,4,5, once I caught a fish alive”.

Empty coffee pots
Empty margarine tubs
Empty plastic bottles
Rice

CDs
CD player

Den building Collect lots of large boxes and cover with sheets, duvet covers, blankets. Brooms are useful as tent poles! Blankets
Boxes
Duvets
Sheets
Brooms
Cookery Cake decorating/smiley face biscuits/pizzas etc. Children to decorate. Shop bought or pre-prepared muffins, fairy cakes, rich tea biscuits, individual pizza bases

Decorations (sweet and savoury)