A Basket Full of Rainy Day Activities for Kids
We’re currently at that wonderful time of year when it’s almost summertime, but we’re still caught in the rainy days of spring. Depending where we live, we enjoy a few rainy days scattered amongst warm, sunny days. A rainy day, especially when you’ve enjoyed several nice days in a row, can certainly throw a wrench in things; but it doesn’t have to.
Writing from personal experience, when I make things available to my boys, they’re much less likely to spend a rainy day on the couch and more likely to get up and do something.
There are so many fun things kids can do to pass the time on a rainy day, including adventures, activities, games, crafts, pretend play, and science experiments. Some of these activities may involve the help of Mom and Dad… Others may be more independently based.
A few of the below activities may be more for younger kids, some for older, and a few for all ages. Here’s to banishing the phrase, “I’m bored,” on a rainy day.
Activities and Games for a Rainy Day
- Indoor Chalk Activity – Make a Town by Moms & Crafters
- Alphabet Scavenger Hunt by Thrifty NW Mom
- “Veggie Faces” No-Bake Vegetable Pizzas and Wraps by Two Healthy Kitchens
- Balloon Rockets and How to Make a Paper Rocket by The Joys of Boys
- Playing Jacks Indoors by Something 2 Offer
- Animal Charades for Kids (Free Printable) by Buggy and Buddy
- Balloon Tennis Gross Motor Play Activity by Little Bins for Little Hands
- DIY Bean Bag Toss by Kidz Activities
- Hit the Cardboard Road! by Non Toy Gifts
Adventures for a Rainy Day
If getting out of the house is your thing or kids are suffering a serious bout of cabin fever, here are a few ideas for adventures you may be able to take in your neck of the woods, no matter where you live.
- Take a trip to a local museum, whether it’s a children’s museum, an art museum, a history museum, or another museum you know your kids would enjoy.
- Surprise them with an afternoon at the movies, popcorn and all!
- Go bowling.
- Meet up with a friend and find a place to get active, whether it’s a community center, trampoline park, rock climbing wall, an indoor pool, indoor mini golf, or maybe an indoor playground.
- Take a class together. If you search, you may be able to find classes in your area that involve art, pottery, cooking, and more.
- Find out what your local library has going on and hit the library for activities and a bag full of books. The pages of a good book offer way more adventures than one can ever imagine.
- Puddle Jumping – If it’s warm enough, don your rain boots and raincoats, and head outside for some good, old-fashioned puddle jumping!
Crafts for a Rainy Day
- Q-Tip Painting for Kids Using Watercolors by Buggy and Buddy
- Pirate Treasure Chest Craft by Messy Little Monster
- Edible Wizard’s Crafts by Organized31
- Make Your Own Super Ball by Adventures of Mel
- Turning Drawings Into Fabric Scrap Wall Art by Little Worlds
- Summer Solstice Lanterns by HEN Family
- Rainbow Rainy Day Art by Rhythms of Play
- Flower Art for Toddlers by Mama’s Happy Hive
- Craft Stick Airplane by Preschool Powol Packets
- Popsicle Stick Puppet Craft for Kids by Buggy and Buddy
- Batman Crafts – Batplane by Messy Little Monster
- 2 Ingredient Cloud Dough by The Amazing Becky
- Patriotic Doodle Crayon Donuts by Thrifty DIY Diva
- Why You Will Never Buy Finger Paint Again by The Joys of Boys
- Claude Monet Inspired Water Lilies by Messy Little Monster
- Duck Tape Superhero Envelope by Organized31
- Popsicle Stick Puppets by Oh So Savvy Mom
- Birdhouse Crafts for Kids by Craft Create Cook
- DIY Lego Lanyard by Bake Craft & DIY
- Make a Tipping Teapot Tutorial (with Free Printable) by Danya Banya
Pretend Play for a Rainy Day
- Make a living room fort out of blankets and chairs!
- Have an epic indoor Nerf gun battle!
- Underwater Small World Under the Table by Little Worlds
- Picnic Pretend Play for Toddlers by Uno Zwei Tutu
- Make a Pretend Play Hospital at Home! by Little Worlds
Science Activities and Experiments for a Rainy Day
- Popsicle Stick Catapult for Kids STEM Activity by Little Bins for Little Hands
- Swirling Milk Experiment by Go Science Girls
- STEM Tinkering Activity: Taking Apart an Old Toy by Little Worlds
- DIY Dinosaur Fossils by Clever Pink Pirate
- Ivory Soap Experiment by The Joys of Boys
- DIY Balance Scales for Toddlers and Preschoolers by Go Science Girls
- How to Make a Borax Crystal Geode by Oh So Savvy Mom
- Make Your Own Homemade Play Goo or Slime Recipe by Jinxy Kids
As you can see, a rainy day can be far from boring. Whatever you choose to do, hooray for rainy days, kids, and loads of FUN!
Post by Mel Lockcuff of Adventures with Mel.