Over to Karen...
I deliberated about which of our favourite rainy day activities I should write about, salt dough, play doh, paint blowing... the list is lengthy but to be honest most of you probably do all the same activities as we do and I'm not one to teach my granny egg sucking.
Then my children reminded me how simple childhood entertainment is.
We've recently purchased some new crockery and a kettle and the boxes were piled together waiting to go to the recycling, when my daughter spotted them she was very excited and asked if she could have them, making a quick mental calculation of how much floor space I was about to lose I will admit to some reluctance in agreeing but figuring it would only be one afternoon of clutter I said yes.
Oh my we still have the boxes in the dining room 4 weeks later, so far we have had a shop selling almost anything you could wish for, most costing hundreds of pretend pounds! (Check out how serious she is)
We've built towers, played garages drove a race in Lightning McQueen, flown to Crete in a jumbo jet and I'm currently watching my little performers act out a story taking part in Smurf village.
I haven't needed to offer any ideas as the kids have just come up with the ideas on their own. It's cost us absolutely nothing and the kids are still having a whale of a time.
So now that the autumn is heading rapidly toward us my best suggestion for hours of fun is to head to your nearest shop ask for a few boxes then sit back and watch your toddlers imagination unfold.