12/09/2014 15:02 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Fun With Children: Rainy Days Indoors And Exploring Outdoors

Cheerful girl with an umbrella

Looking for something new to try with your family? Take inspiration from the bloggers in this year's MAD Blog Awards, sponsored by

The UK's top parent blogs have some amazing ideas for everything from craft for toddlers to thrifty family meals. We've pulled together some of our favourite posts from the finalists in this year's awards.

Why not throw a Science Party?

If you're looking for something a bit different to the usual pirate and princess parties, why not throw a science themed party for your child? Science Sparks has some fab ideas to put some fun into your next party, with games and experiments galore.

Make a Story Bead Bracelet

We think this crafty idea from Jennifer's Little World is a wonderful way to spark your child's creativity. The pretty story bead bracelet also makes for a fun memento for younger children.

Create Your Own Floral Phone Wallpapers

It's 2014, and not every craft has to involve paper and scissors. Why not try these free floral phone wallpapers – or have a go at creating your own? There's lots of inspiration over at the gorgeous Capture by Lucy blog.

Have Fun on Rainy Days

It's not always easy to know how to keep kids entertained when bad weather stops play, but bloggers are great at thinking up new and inexpensive ways to have fun, no matter what the weather does. Jen from My Mummy's Pennies has put together this fab list of 10 thrifty ways to have fun on rainy days.

Go Explore the Great Outdoors!

Looking for inspiration to get out about about with the family? Look no further than Charly at Podcast Dove who has been exploring National Trust properties in Surrey, and trying out some traditional childhood games and activities, from making mud pies to skimming stones.

To see more inspiration from our MAD Bloggers, don't forget to check out the MAD Blog Awards website at