Activities to Keep Kids Busy on Rainy Days

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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