What to do when it’s raining?

Recently there has been a period of incredibly cold and rainy weather across the country. This past week New Zealand has coldest June temperature in five years. Many of us have had to say goodbye to our usual warm-weather activities in favour of indoor ones.

I thought it could be helpful to make a list of some fun things to do when you are trapped inside! However, I must warn you, that before you proceed, these are all screen-free suggestions. But they are still just as fun I promise.

According to the Ministry of Health, 90% of children aged 10-14 spend more than two hours a day looking at a screen. Considering this is an age bracket that already spends at least 7 hours a day at school and around 9 hours sleeping, using screens is eating up a lot of your free time. Heck, screens even how you are reading this!

If you are wanting to cut down on your screen time these ideas would be great to keep you occupied. Otherwise, they might just be good to have in the back of your mind so when your mum tells you to get off your screen you can still keep yourself entertained.

  1. Look into your family tree: give your grandparents, aunties, and uncles a call and learn about your family history. Not only would they love to hear from you but your family might have a more interesting background than you think. When I did this I found out my granddad’s brother married his first cousin- how scandalous! Although I sure am glad that it’s not in my direct bloodline 😜
  2. Learn a magic trick: challenge yourself to learn an impressive magic trick. This is a great way to keep yourself entertained and once you have it mastered, entertain your friends with your wizardry
  3. Play DIY Ten Pin Bowling: make your own ten pin bowling using plastic bottles and a ball. Arrange the bottles into a triangle down a hallway to make your bowling alley. It might also be worth placing some dirt or rocks at the bottom of the bottles to help them stand up well and to make the game a bit more challenging.
  4. Have a board game competition: dig out your board games and have an Olympics with different games to see who is the ultimate board game champion. Or combine them and create your own game.

What’s your favourite thing to do when you are trapped inside? Are you good at entertaining yourself without the help of a screen? Let us know in the comments below!

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