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Activities to Keep Kids Busy on Rainy Days

“Rain, rain go away…”  How many times as parents have we looked out the window at the weather and wondered what in the world we were going to do with our children because of the non-stop rain. 

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It can be tough to find activities to keep kids busy on rainy days, but with a little creativity, even the dreariest of days can turn in one that is filled with fun!

Using items you most likely already have around the house, and a little ingenuity, you will find plenty of activities to keep kids busy on rainy days.

Games and Activities

  • Build a fort:  The epitome of rainy fun is a time tested blanket fort.  With a couple of chairs and a few pillows the fort can become as simple or as elaborate as you would like.  Throw in a few books and flashlights, some snacks and toys and your kids will stay occupied for hours!
  • Balloon Bop:  Blow up a couple of balloons for an indoor twist on volleyball.
  • Build towers from plastic cups and plates.
  • Create an indoor obstacle course.
  • Indoor bowling with plastic bottles.
  • Set up a treasure hunt or scavenger hunt.
  • Cut a pool noodle in half length-wise.  Lay the two halves on stairs or any other incline. Use these as marble racetracks.
  • Learn a new card game or play a familiar one.

 Cooking Activities


  • Experiment with No-Bake cookie recipes.
  • Mix up a batch of trail mix.
  • Make a fruit salad and let your child help cut the fruit.
  • Cookie cutters make everything more fun!  Let them cut cheese, fruit or sandwiches into fun shapes.
  • Buy some plain sugar or butter cookies, and let your kids decorate them with frosting.
  • Make ants on a log, using celery sticks, filled with peanut butter.  Raisins are the ants.
  • Make mini-apple pies:  Roll out triangles of canned crescent rolls.  Fill with a scoop of apple pie filling, and bake!  If desired, you can sprinkle the tops with sugar or powdered sugar, or pour a little caramel sauce on top.

 Science Activities

  • Experiment with items around the house to see if they sink or float in water.
  • Make a homemade lava lamp by filling an empty bottle about ¾ full with vegetable oil.  Add water almost to the top.  Add a few drops of food coloring and an Alka-Seltzer tablet.

Arts and Crafts

  • Use white glue to draw pictures on construction paper.  Sprinkle with salt and let it dry.
  • Try your hand at origami.
  • Use an app to turn a photo into a black and white picture, then use it as a coloring page
  • Make milk rainbows:  Pour a little milk into a bowl.  Add a drop of each color food coloring in different spots in the bowl.  Add a few drops of dish detergent and watch!
  • Paint a mural:  Find large pieces of paper or cardboard and let your kids paint on it using different items:  balls, marbles, cotton balls, hands or feet!
  • Dig around for wood scraps.  Add a hammer and nails (with you supervising of course!) and see what you can create.  Planters, birdhouses, garden stakes.

Other Fun Ideas

  • Put on a show:  a puppet show, a fashion show, or a play.
  • Story in a bag:  Put a few odds and ends items in a paper bag and have kids create a story based on the items.
  • Create a time capsule with important mementos from your child’s life today, and make a date in the future to open it.
  • Have a dance party.
  • Take a walk in the rain.
  • Take a trip to the library.
  • Have an indoor picnic.
  • Role play:  play school, restaurant, library, etc.

Rainy days will not be so bad once you discover some good activities to keep kids busy on rainy days.

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