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.
- 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.
- 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.