Let's say that you want to make cookies on a rainy day, but you also need an activity to keep the kids entertained. So how about you put both together? Here's what to do....
Send the kids on a treasure hunt for the items that you need for the cookies. Have them find the cookie sheets, chocolate chips, flour, etc. You can either keep them in their normal places, or put them in new places for an even longer treasure hunt. If you put them in interesting new places, give your kids clues for them to follow. For example, if the chocolate chips are under the pillow in the bedroom, give them a clue like "where I rest my head when I'm tired". Then they will run to the bedroom and find it. Of course the clues can be easier or more complex as the child's age suggests.
For younger children, perhaps pictures would be better than written out clues. I also don't think it would be a good idea to hide the eggs and butter/oil for the cookies, just in case you can't find them again or forget about them.
Have any of you tried something like this? What did you have the child search for?