It may be June, but the weather outside is frightful. And as we gear up for a blustery weekend at the end of half term, parents around the country are wondering how to keep the kids busy for a few more days, without having to brave the wind and rain.
If this is the case for you and your family, why not gather together a few bits and bobs to create some lovely decorations for your home that everyone can enjoy for years to come?
A new piece of feature art for the living room could be a project that children and adults can take part in.
You can usually find cheap blank canvases at arts and crafts stores, as well as low-cost bookshops. Buy one for each artist in your family, as well as a few pots of paint and brushes. If you have a particular colour scheme in mind, select only paints that co-ordinate with your decor.
Be sure to cover any work surfaces before the painting begins so that you don't end up with accidental splashes of colour on your dining table or walls - old sheets or clean bin bags should do the trick.
Meanwhile, aprons for children will help keep your youngsters' clothing paint-free.
Once everything is ready, let the painting begin! A bit of music can help create a fun atmosphere, and the little ones will enjoy seeing mum and dad taking part in the activity as well.
When the masterpieces are finished, be sure to let them dry thoroughly. Then you can hang them up - perhaps over the sofa or on a prominent wall elsewhere in your home.
If you aren't in need of any more wall art, similar projects could include decorating picture frames or flower pots to match your interior. Or you could get some fabric paint and plain cushions and have your little ones design their own soft furnishings.
Other easy craft projects include making paper flowers and arranging them in a vase, creating drinks coasters with craft foam or felt and stringing beads to make colourful curtain tiebacks.