Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Rainy Day Fun ; JANET TANSLEY Looks at a Few Ways You Can Still Have Fun Indoors When the Weather Gets Dark and Damp

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Rainy Day Fun ; JANET TANSLEY Looks at a Few Ways You Can Still Have Fun Indoors When the Weather Gets Dark and Damp

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AUTUMN is here and winter is on the way, along with the rain, but that's no excuse to put your imagination into hibernation.

If you are stuck for ideas of what to do, writer and mum-ofthree Dawn Isaac, inset, has raced to the rescue.

She has brought out a new book, 101 Things For Kids To Do On A Rainy Day, filled with fun things and advice.

Says Dawn: "It's far too easy, when you're forced to be inside, to just switch on a screen of some sort. The idea with this book is to give such an enormous range of alternatives that it'll tempt even a major screen addict to try something different.

"For the last couple of years, our whole family goes screen-free until three every Sunday. The kids weren't exactly delighted with the idea to begin with, but after a few weekends, it's amazing how they get on with having fun and don't even think about turning on the TV or computer.

"It's not that I'm anti-screens - in fact I'm a huge fan of curling up for a family movie or playing Just Dance on the Wii - but its just about finding a balance - and making sure children still know how to have fun without them."

And she adds: "If I remember the things I loved doing as a kid, it's quite telling that adults were rarely involved. I think that children can quite often have a lot more fun, and be much more creative when grown ups just let them get on with it. That's why I've written this book directly to kids and made sure that pretty much everything is possible to do without an adult in sight!

"It isn't limited to one type of activity so that means they're more likely to find something that will suit their mood, their interests or even the amount of time they have at that particular moment. Basically I want no excuse to be bored."

101 Things For Kids To Do On A Rainy Day by Dawn Isaac, Pounds 14.99: Kyle Books.

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