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5 Rainy Day Essentials For Kids This Autumn.

Kids? Raining? Weekend? No problem. Caring for your kids on a wet day doesn’t need to be a problem when you get yourself properly prepared. Here are five must-haves that will make sure your autumn childcare is as bright and breezy as when the sun is shining and the sky is blue.

First things first, kids love sandwiches. Eating is always going to be a winner. So why not get them each a new lunch box and encourage them to fill it with a colourful range of healthy snacks and treats. You can throw it in a backpack and take their lunch off on a car or train journey. They’ll feel excited all the way with the thought of opening it up for their feast. Food is a great motivator!

Suggestion number two for a rainy day is to get a small, cheap tent for the garden. That storm can look unfriendly, but under canvas it can be exciting and refreshing. A cosy waterproof tent, filled with cuddly cushions and soft blankets, is the perfect reading den. Just make sure you have a No Shoes rule when you’re inside, and a flask of hot chocolate to warm everyone up.

In at number three, wellington boots are another essential. No reason to hide from puddles when you can go and splash in them. Getting a bit muddy isn’t the end of the world, and it can make for some wonderful memories and some amusing photo opportunities. Let them choose their own designs, and get your wellies on too so that you get to enjoy some family fun.

Our fourth rainy day essential is a little bit more pricey but lots of fun for a special day. How about a disposable (single use) waterproof camera. With about 27 shots in it, they’ll need to be told not to snap a thousand selfies, but you won’t have to worry about it getting drenched in the downpour, and you’ll end up with a few wet weather shots from a child’s perspective to print out and frame. That’s a great option for a summer pool holiday too!

But if you really don’t feel up to getting out in the rain today, how about next week? Today could be the day to get your kids umbrella shopping online. With a kids umbrella or two, you can transform a wet autumn day into an expedition! But not today. Today is for hot chocolate and online surfing…

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