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101 Things for kids to do on a rainy day – Dawn Isaac book review

November 17, 2015

When I first started this blog, I wanted it to be a place where people would come for ideas and inspiration. I wanted to share things that we do and inspire others. A number of my most recent posts have reflected that too like the 64 things to do in autumn post or the What to do in Peterborough this October half term. So when the opportunity to review Dawn Isaac’s latest book, 101 things for kids to do on a rainy day, came up, how could I possibly resist?

With owning her 2 previous book releases, I had high hopes for this one too and I wasn’t disappointed.

 “Just because it’s raining doesn’t mean you can just sit there gawping at the screen, you know. Not when you could be indoor camping, setting up a living room obstacle course, holding a butter making race, Building a dolls house, learning magic tricks, creating your own jigsaw, exploding a volcano, mixing up bath paints, playing hands free ping pong, growing a scrap garden (and 91 more utterly amazing ideas that wont fit on the back cover)”

And she’s right too, the ideas in this book are utterly amazing, some of them every day ideas with a twist and some things I know I wouldn’t have thought of in a month of Sundays.

I mean, take the butter making race for example, would you have thought of that?
All you need is some cream and a clean empty jar each. Put the cream in the jar and shake constantly for about 5 minutes until it has turned into butter. Simple! Celebrate your success by spreading your fresh new butter on some toast and you have a snack too! I mean, talk about Genius! Butter racing

The book contains all sorts of activities from crafts to games and projects to experiments. No screens or gadgets in sight so it really gets the kids using their imagination and playing. There literally are ideas suitable for almost everyone in here.
I’m particularly looking forward to making the solar system mobile for Dexter’s room. Especially as he has glow in the dark stars on the ceiling and now has new space themed bedding with rockets and planets on.101thingforkidstodoonarainyday3

At the back of the book there is a section where the activities have been cleverly sorted in to categories so you can easily find something to suit your child’s personality or mood, or even the occasion, including a category for younger children which contains things like grow an eggcup micro garden, have an indoor snowball fight and play flap the fish.101thingforkidstodoonarainyday4

If you’re looking for a quick project theres a category for that too along with other categories for scientists, cooks and perfect present ideas.

I could happily go through every one of the gems within this book but I don’t want to give them all away. What I will say though, is if you are a parent or childminder, aunt, uncle or grandparent and you ever have one of those days where you just don’t know what to do with the kids, this book is most certainly for you. I recommend it whole heartily. Even for when its not raining!!

Behind the author.

I’ve mentioned Dawn Isaac on my blog once before after meeting her back in April. She has 3 children of her own (you’ll see them in most of the pictures in the book) and is also an RHS Chelsea medal winning garden designer. She’s written two other fabulous books, she writes a fantastic blog over at LittleGreenFingers  and also writes for The Guardian, The Telegraph, Good Housekeeping and The Garden. She is the horticultural advisor on CBeebies’ award winning show Mr Bloom’s Nursery and runs design courses in associations with Mumsnet Academy.

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  • Reply Lianne November 17, 2015 at 9:27 am

    What a fab little book! Love books full of ideas like these! I often fall short of ideas!! 🙂 #triedtested

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby November 17, 2015 at 9:36 am

      She has 2 others that are equally brilliant! Well worth purchasing and not that expensive either, I think this one was about £3 on amazon the other week.

  • Reply The Reading Residence November 17, 2015 at 10:02 am

    That does look fun, packed with ideas!

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby November 17, 2015 at 10:44 am

      Absolutely packed! Cleverly laid out too!

  • Reply Kim Carberry November 17, 2015 at 10:56 am

    This sounds like a great book! What great ideas x

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby November 17, 2015 at 11:22 am

      yep, it really is!

  • Reply Pickinguptoys November 18, 2015 at 9:34 am

    That looks so much fun!I definitely struggle from time to time knowing what to do with the kids on a horrible wet day so this is fab x #bestandworst

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby November 18, 2015 at 9:44 am

      Doesn’t cost that much either so a very worthy investment!

  • Reply Joanna @mumbalance November 18, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    I love this book! And the butter making race is definitely a stroke of genious. My 2 year old is still too young for most of the ideas, but it sounds like the book is something I will definitely want to put on my shelf for later 🙂

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby November 18, 2015 at 10:56 pm

      THere a re a few things you could adapt for younger ones, my little man is 2 and a half. But yeah definitely a good one for reference later on.

  • Reply Suz November 19, 2015 at 9:44 am

    What a fantastic list of ideas! With the weather taking a turn up here in Scotland we are always looking for fun ideas!

    Thanks for sharing! Su X

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby November 19, 2015 at 2:08 pm

      Yeah the weather isn’t much better down this way either to be honest! Most of these can be done inside though thankfully!

  • Reply Mrs Tubbs November 19, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    What a great little book for making sure they don’t spend all day slumped infront of the telly!

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby November 19, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      Absolutely! Theres a comment one the front of it that says each family should be given a copy.. I couldn’t agree with that more!

  • Reply Talya November 19, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Wow this looks like a great book brimming with bright ideas about how to keep the little monsters entertained on a rainy day – I need to have a copy of this in the house! Thanks so much for linking up to #coolmumclub!

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby November 19, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      No worries! I highly recommend her others too!

  • Reply Claire at Tin Box Traveller November 19, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    I always panic a bit when we have a rainy day – this book sounds like a great solution . What age range is it aimed at? #coolmumclub

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby November 20, 2015 at 12:58 am

      It doesn’t specify an age range but there is a category in the back for younger children aged 3-7 and then there is another category for kids aged 7+ and theres such a wide range of things in there I’m sure theres something for all sorts of ages. I would go with 3+ up to when they become teens and don’t want to do anything that anyone suggests ‘because thats just lame’ – Or something to that effect! hahah

  • Reply Hannah Budding Smiles November 20, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    I think I need this book, we’ve really struggled this week! Love the butter idea, genius!xx

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby November 20, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      I loved that one! I had to feature it because its so simple but looks such fun!

  • Reply Su {Ethan & Evelyn} November 21, 2015 at 2:18 am

    This looks like a great book, but probably I should wait for my E&E to be a little older. 🙂 Great review! #coolmumclub

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby November 21, 2015 at 11:08 am

      Well worth a look when you think they are old enough 🙂

  • Reply Helen Gandy November 21, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    What an awesome book, I think I need to purchase it as I’m always looking for inspiration and things to do with the kids. Thanks for linking up to the #bestandworst lovely and hope you’ll stop by again! x

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby November 22, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      Definitely worth the money. It’s so full of ideas!

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