Fun Ideas for Rainy Days
It’s easy to find fun family activities for bright and sunny days—but what about those rainy ones where it’s too soggy to go outside? We like to make up fun games to play indoors. Sometimes we even get great snacks to go along with them!
Create Something Awesome
Carnival Games—I like to get these big cardboard display boards and use them to make carnival games. They’re white on one side so I can draw or write anything I want, and they fold flat for easy storage.
Build a Fort—Pull out all the dining room chairs and grab all the blankets, it’s time to build a fort! It’s amazing how quiet a house can get when there’s a fort to hang out in. Something about them makes the kids talk really quietly and stay in there for hours, pretending and imagining. Change it up sometimes by turning it into an ancient Indian cave or the below deck of an old pirate ship.
Homemade Movies—This is something my brother and I used to love to do…but we didn’t have a smart phone to record them on. My kids love to make all kinds of videos featuring themselves or their toys. My boys are great at making funny Lego videos by taking a whole bunch of pictures of their Legos in different poses and then flipping through them fast on the phone.
Get Crafty Up In There
Finger Painting—Sometimes when I’m trying to find new things for my kids to do, I think back to the fun stuff I did as a little kid. One of my favorite days at school was finger painting day! You can buy big bottles of washable tempera paint for just a little over a dollar at Wal-Mart and computer printer paper makes for a sturdy canvas. This is also a great way to teach little ones to write their names, numbers and alphabet.
Paper Bag Puppets—Grab a package of brown paper lunch sacks from the plastic wrap aisle and go to town making princesses, kings, frogs and dragons---then put on your own puppet show! You’ll be able to find things around the house to dress them up like fabric scraps, yarn and buttons for eyes.
Crayon Shaving Art—Much to my mother’s despair, this was my favorite craft as a kid. We’ve always got tons of crayons around the house---most of them broken. Use a pencil sharpener, knife, or cheese grater to shave them down. Then use white glue to draw a picture on a sheet of paper and sprinkle the shavings over the glue. Let them dry for unique wall art. Alternately, once the glue has dried, use a hair dryer to melt the crayons for a different texture to your designs.
Rainy Day Snacks
Sometimes a rainy day calls for a fun snack. Here are some ideas we love:
Popcorn Mix-ins—We make a big bowl of popcorn and then set out mix-ins for a popcorn buffet! Some things we’ve used in the past are cereal, chocolate chips, marshmallows and nuts.
Dipped Fruit—Make up a batch of marshmallow creme fruit dip or melt down some chocolate for a fruit dipping frenzy! No need to get fancy with dipping sticks---just use a fork!
Decorate Cookies—Frosting and sprinkles don’t have to be reserved for the holidays. Make fun spring-shaped cookies using flower or animal-shaped cutters---or design your own by using plastic knives to cut them out.
I’d love to hear some of your family’s ideas for rainy day fun! Let me know in the comments below!
Rhea Lana Blog Contributor Sarah Coller has been married to Jamie since 1998 and mother to nine sweet blessings. She stays busy homemaking and homeschooling. Her passion is creating a comfortable and peaceful home for her husband and children. Thankful for God’s saving grace, Sarah hopes to leave a legacy that reflects His faithfulness. She blogs at Hope in Every Season and Belle's Library.