50 Rainy Day Activities (To Save the Day!)
When rain is in the forecast, do you panic a little? Sometimes a rainy day can spoil your plans, but with these rainy day activities, you don’t have to have a boring day. Get your thinking cap on and have tons of fun anyway!
Rainy Day Activities for Kids (Even Preschoolers and Toddlers)
Rainy day activities-arts and crafts
Give kids different kinds or colors of paper and let them make rainy day crafts. All you need is a variety of things they can glue on their papers in any way their imagination leads them. You can use buttons, stickers, googly eyes, glitter, scraps of torn or cut up paper, old puzzle pieces, pasta, beans, sequins, plastic jewels, pom poms, feathers, or anything else you can think of.
When doing collage activities with my preschoolers and toddlers, I just squirt glue all of their papers for them so they have a whole sheet of potential places to put their stuff or I give them glue sticks. Another way to cut down on glue waste is to put a little in a cupcake paper and let them dip their items or give them a popsicle stick to spread it with. (Hey, they could make their collages with popsicle sticks too)
Draw a picture of yourself:
Give kids a variety of art materials to draw themselves and a mirror. I like to offer markers, colored pencils, and crayons. You can even use paint.
Let kids explore their paints with their hands for a great creativity builder as well as sensory play. There are even edible paints. Click here to see how to make some.
Coloring is very relaxing, even for kids. My kids love it. I like to give them crayons and colored pencils and let them go to town. Click here for free printable color sheets.
Make Paper Dolls:
You can get free printable paper dolls online as well. Kids can color them and then cut them out and dress them. Click here for free printables.
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Make Sock Puppets:
A great rainy-day activity for preschoolers is making sock puppets. All you need is an old sock and a few things to attach to it. You can use buttons for eyes and draw a mouth on with a sharpie or hot glue felt lips for the mouth. You are only limited by your imagination. Then you have hours of fun playing with your puppets after you make them.
Making instruments for a rainy day activity is super fun. Then you can have a music party or make a band for great rainy day fun! Some things that can be used for instruments are:
- Old sour cream containers filled with beans or gravel for shakers
- String some bells on a string and tie them in a loop for bells to ring
- String some rubber bands around the bottom of a shoe box for a guitar
- Fill a discarded plastic Easter egg with gravel for a shaker
- Use a cardboard box, even a shoe box, oatmeal can, tin vegetable can or coffee can for a drum to beat on
- Use sticks to drum on your drums or on the ground
- Make a rain stick by wadding up some paper and stuffing it down a paper towel or wrapping paper tube and adding rice or pea gravel. Then take the end closed and turn it over to hear the rain.
- Place a piece of waxed paper over the end of a toilet paper tube. Glue the edges down and secure with a rubber band for a kazoo the kids can blow in. You can even color the tube and decorate it.
Think you can’t make cool instruments from trash, check this out.
Make a Bird Feeder:
There are tons of bird feeders you can make with what you might have around the house. Just smear some peanut butter on a pine cone and roll it in bird seed. Tie it to a tree with a piece of yard and watch the birds devour their snack. Click here for another bird feeder idea you can make for a rainy day activity.
Make Paper Airplanes:
I love making paper airplanes for rainy day activities with my kids or any other day. I’m kind of awesome at it too. It’s something I’ve always loved. Click here for some super fun downloadable patterns.
Make Cootie Catchers:
Do you remember cootie catchers? Some adults say they called them fortune tellers. I loved making them. There are endless ways you can play with them. Click here to see one that even has rainy day activities inside it for getting your wiggles out.
Make Playdough and Play:
Playdough is a great rainy day activity for toddlers or preschoolers. You can even make up a batch of homemade playdough. Click here to see a great recipe.
Rainy day activities-food
You can make popsicles out of just about any fruit. Just toss it in the blender and pour it in some popsicle molds. Don’t have molds? You can use and ice tray, fill it, and then cover it with plastic wrap. Poke toothpicks into each cube and freeze. You can also use Dixie cups and stick a popsicle stick in each one. Yummy rainy day fun!
Cook Something Together:
Dig out grandma’s favorite cookie recipe and make it together. Cooking together is so much fun and it’s a rainy-day activity that teaches kids a lot. Measuring, pouring and stirring are all great skill builders for life. Little Sprouts Learning has tons of recipes you can make with your kids. Click here for snack mix, click here for cowboy cookies, click here for yogurt parfaits or just search around and explore all the things you can make together.
Teddy Bear Picnic:
Having a picnic with your teddy is great rainy day fun! Click here to see how we throw teddy bear picnics around here.
Have a little tea party with friends. It can be as simple as water in teacups and some crackers or you can go all out and learn to make scones and have real tea. Throw on some dress up clothes and have a great time enjoying the fanciful merriment.
Rainy day activities-make believe
Put on a Fashion Show:
Create a Puppet Show:
Make Pom Poms and Cheer:
Click here to see how to make them.
Make a Car Track on the Floor with Masking Tape and Play Town:
Build Forts with Blankets and Sheets:
Play Dress Up:
Have a Camping Party:
Turn off all the lights and set up your tent (or blanket fort). Get inside with your pjs still on and use a flashlight to read books or play with a pretend camp fire.
Use Halloween costumes or your Sunday dresses or whatever you have around to make believe.
Rainy day activities-science
Make a Volcano:
You can sculpt a volcano out of clay, make one from a pile of dirt, or just do one in a cup, but baking soda and vinegar is always a fun chemical reaction to watch. Put a sprinkle of baking soda in the bottom of your bowl or volcano and pour in the vinegar. Make sure you put something down to catch all your spills like a cookie sheet or something to cut down on the rainy-day mess.
Plant a Seed:
All you need is a cup of dirt and a bean from your cabinet or other seed to have some super fun rainy day science fun with your kids. Click here to see how to teach kids about germination.
Rainy day activities-games
Play Board Games:
You can make a list of things to hunt and cut them out of magazine pictures, draw them, find them in the house or 100 different things for rainy day fun with preschoolers and toddlers.
Ring Around the Rosie:
Duck, Duck, Goose:
Red Light, Green Light:
Rainy day activities-quiet
Write a Letter and Draw a Picture to Send to Grandma:
Read a Pile of Books:
Bubble Wrap Stomp:
Get a roll of bubble wrap and jump up and down barefooted until you pop all the bubbles. It’s a great sensory activity for your feet too!
Play in a Cardboard Box:
Clean Your Room:
Crank up the music and party on!
Dance and Sing in the Rain:
As long as it’s not cold and there is no lightening, playing in the rain in one of the most fun rainy-day activities I can think of!
Places to Go on a Rainy Day with Kids
Chuck E. Cheese or Incredible Pizza:
There are so many fun things you can do on a rainy day or any day. Don’t let a little rain dampen your mood. Get out your imagination and get a move on!
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