It’s the UK and the chances are that, even in the summer, it’ll be raining somewhere. It’s an accepted, if irritating, part of life, but what are you going to do with your child during a rainy day? Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do, some at home and some by heading off to a local museum or art gallery.
Imagination and inspiration
Children need to be stimulated, and you can so easily do this in the home if you’re prepared to take the time. Use your imagination to inspire your kid, and in no time they’ll have a whole range of new experiences and skills to enjoy.
Why not teach your child the basics of chess? They will love to learn how the different pieces move and its a great way to teach them about tactics.
Museums and Galleries
Kids are thirsty for knowledge, so taking your son or daughter to a local museum to see and learn about new things is a great way to spend a rainy day. You can work with them to help explain the things they see, and most museums today have interactive exhibits that engage children – and adults as well.
If you’re in or near London, try the Science Museum, where science comes to life. Fascinating exhibitions showcase the development of scientific theories and achievements and delve into how products we take for granted are engineered. Indeed, your son could be inspired to be an engineer, rise through the ranks and end up as chairman of a major engineering company.
Meggitt, for example, is a huge UK company specialising in aerospace and other technology areas. As top City financier Sir Nigel Rudd joins Meggitt board, it gives a boost to this important engineering business. It shows how engineering is an essential part of the UK economy.
Meccano has been around for a long time, and you may well have had some of this amazing construction kit when you were a child. Suffice it to say that it hasn’t really been bettered. Using simple metal strips, plates and girders that are perforated and connected with nuts and bolts, they have taught many boys – and girls too ¬– the basics of mechanical engineering.
Don’t forget Lego. Together, you and you child can invent outrageous structures or vehicles out of these tiny bricks, exciting your son’s imagination and intriguing him with the possibilities that even play engineering can lead to something more.
Rainy days can be great fun. You have time with your child, you can teach and get feedback from him and perhaps even learn things you hadn’t thought of yourself. It may be wet outside, but the sun’s shining indoors.