For most kids, rainy days are the bane of their existence and few parents look forward to them either. Rain means that the kids can’t play outdoors, that mud will be tracked in and that if anyone gets too wet they could catch a cold. What do you do then, when it starts to rain and the kids start to complain of boredom? We have some fun ideas for entertaining kids indoors without making a huge mess.
The easiest way to entertain kids is to give them something that makes them busy. Get their hands working or their minds focused on a task. One great and easy way to entertain kids on a rainy day is to get them to take on an art project. This could be anything from colouring or painting to crafting by doing handwork. The trick is to give them something unexpected – like a treat – something different to their everyday colouring options. Perhaps you could give painting by numbers a try.
You can find painting by numbers colouring books or simple google for images and get print outs. Then give kids crayons or paints that match the designated colours and have them spend a few hours matching paint colours to the right number and filling in their drawings! You could also have kids create their own for each other by drawing outlines and numbering them – it’ll create hours of endless fun.
Make use of the rain
You could also use the rain to your advantage. If the weather isn’t too bad have the kids put on raincoats and take umbrellas and go for a short walk. Sometimes all you need to do is get some exercise. Alternatively, you could make paper boats – a fun activity for everyone! Have kids decorate the boats and consider using wax paper which might float longer or even a thicker paper. Just make sure you collect the boats when you are done!
There are plenty of options for rainy day entertainment. You could play with Legos – kids love Legos and building things with their hands. You could also have a family fun night with board games like clue or monopoly and play card games. Teach kids to play snap or joker or even just go fish. Kids of all ages love card games. You could even make a jigsaw puzzle. If the rain continues, you could bake some cookies or make hot chocolate with the kids before curling up to read a favourite story with them or watch a great movie!
Your college dorm room will be your home for at least a year if not for your entire four years at college. You will want to turn it into a cozy refuge that reflects who you are and that feels safe and homely. You may also be in a smaller space than you were previously used to and may be wondering how to decorate this space and make it cozy and comfortable. Here are some tips on how you could get started…
Make things homey
You may at the very beginning feel homesick and may have bouts of homesickness on and off throughout your college life. The best way to address this is to have a slice of home or something to remind you of home in your room. The options are endless. You could either just frame and keep one or two family photos by your bed, or alternatively create a photo collage that you can add to as the year progresses. Just print out your favourite pictures of family and friends, get some blu tack or removable tape and start pinning up pictures. If you want it to look cute and to double as décor pick a shape – you could do a square, a circle, or get super creative and do a heart or a cloud shaped collage! Either way this will not only add colour and a point of interest to your room but will remind you of everyone that loves you and that is rooting for you back home!
While college is about making new friends, gaining independence and experiencing new things it is also about learning and increasing your knowledge and skills. Sometimes you need to make sure that you stay motivated and your room should also encourage you to study and work hard. Keep your desk space organised. You can get colourful binders and notebooks that will make your study space look attractive and lively! You can also purchase inspirational wall stickers to put up over your desk.
These inspirational wall stickers come with all sorts of fun quotes ranging from single phrases like ‘courage’ to longer quotes by authors and other celebrities. Pick one that you love and stick it above your desk! It may prove useful when your assignment deadlines are looming and you start to feel a little overwhelmed.
Keep things pretty
Ultimately, your room should reflect who you are as a person so go with the décor that you feel is pretty. If you share a room then you may need to get your roommates permission before decorating but generally things like photographs are unlikely to offend anyone. Another easy decoration option is to string up some fairy lights – they will add a cozy glow to your room!