Half-Term plan: crisp, Autumnal walks spent leaf-collecting and playing games in the park.
Half-Term reality: rain every day, an out-of-bounds garden and over-excited little ones contained in the house.
If the weather lets you down, there are plenty of (inexpensive) ways to entertain your brood – all you need is a solid Plan B…. and C and D. In the event of a classic rain-stops-play situation, try these tricks to keep them busy and happy.
Plan B: build a galaxy far, far away
A stack of bedsheets and some spare chairs are always a good option to provide children with hours of endless den-building fun (and peace for adults). The perfect rainy-play saviour, take this well-loved pastime up a notch by adding a theme: space.
With our glow-in-the-dark range – from sheets and pillowcases to nightwear, accessories and more – this exciting theme will have boys and girls dreaming to the stars and beyond. Fuel the fun with space-inspired pyjamas, toys and books and let their imaginations run wild.
Tip: torches and a roll of tin foil go a long way towards creating spaceships and helmets – to make it extra-special, why not let them get away with a PJ day, too?
Plan C: a picture-perfect project
Keep them busy, as well as creative, with a photo project. Start with one of our multi-aperture frames (or empty some old frames for an update), and plan a theme they can get really hands-on with. Make a list together of things that make them happy, or choose a colour to spot. Then get little ones to go around the house capturing their own moments on camera.
Tip: disposable, Polaroid or Instax cameras are perfect for quick printing, but lending them your mobile phone is just as good. Super-soft loungewear makes the perfect off-duty uniform, too.
Plan D: lights, camera, action!
Rainy weather = time to put on a show. Even shy little ones will love getting involved in a group performance – written and rehearsed entirely by them, of course.
To encourage their make-believe skills and creativity, open up the dressing-up box and give them card and glitter for prop-making. Our sparkling tutus, robes and soft toys will lend an imaginative touch (as will any participation from the family pet).
Tip: Clear a stage area to give them plenty of space to practise in – if there’s a curtain to pull open then even better. Don’t forget to film the whole thing on your phone; they’ll love looking back at it one day!
If you think a little rain never hurt anyone, discover our coats, gilets, layers and cosy accessories in our new children’s clothing collection to plan for the season ahead (now with up to 50% off).