Kids and summer holidays: your rainy day game plan

Devise an indoor 'holiday'

Get your children to think about what favourite foods they've enjoyed on trips away and set up a holiday-style tasting feast. Cook quick dishes, such as prawn and pea pasta, where kids can easily mix ingredients or rustle up a Ploughman's lunch to encourage eating an array of toppings which they may otherwise avoid.

If it's miserable outdoors, don't forget splash time at your local leisure centre. Many parents send their children off for swimming lessons all year, but miss out on actually bonding in the pool with them.