Favorite Rainy Day Activities For Kids {30 Ideas!}

By Asha

July 24th, 2019

It has been a really rainy spring and summer here in the upper Midwest. This has left me looking for things to do with my kids on rainy days. I’ve searched online and asked friends & family members for their best ideas of things to do on rainy days. You will find the list of our 30 favorite rainy day activities below. Enjoy!

Dance in the rain.

Cook a meal together

Write a card or letter to someone special

Build a fort with blankets & pillows

Bake something sweet

Splash in the puddles

Teach your child a card game. Crazy 8’s, War, Slapjack, Go Fish, Kings On The Corners, Solitaire…

Turn off the lights, grab a flashlight & make shadow critters on the wall with your hands

Play “Simon Says”

Bring some rocks inside & paint designs on them with water. When they dry, paint them again!

Play “Follow The Leader”

Make homemade Play-Doh or Slime

Build something – you could use building blocks or paper cups or playing cards

Play “I Spy”

Bring some rocks inside & paint them using acrylic paint (be careful this paint stays on anything it touches, so put paper down on your workstation and put old clothing on!

Make a collage with stickers & pictures you cut out of old magazines

Use a large cardboard box to make a car or house or rocket & let your littles decorate it with crayons or markers then recycle once they’ve had their fun

Play “Red Light, Green Light”

Play freeze dance (dance to music and when you shut the music off, everyone has to freeze)

Make critters using markers, construction paper & toilet paper or paper towel tubes

Play the “Hot Cold Game”. Hide a small item (a coin, a button, a tube of chapstick) somewhere in your home and then use hot & cold cues to help your child find the item. “You’re getting warmer, etc”.

Fill up the kitchen sink with sudsy water and let them play with their bath toys or measuring spoons & cups. They could also wash their little cars or waterproof dolly.

Play “Hide & Seek”

Put together a puzzle – or five

Go Bowling

Have a read-a-thon

Tidy up the play room or kids’ room. Make it a game. Offer a fun treat when they are done

Lay down a quilt & have an indoor picnic

Play dress up (parents clothes may be the most fun!) Then host your own fashion show

Use this Fun & Easy 3 Ingredient Bath Tub Painting Activity recipe to paint in the bathtub!

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Hi, my name is Asha. I am 30 years old and am a nurse by profession. My husband and I have been married for over five years and together we have a sweet three-year-old daughter, an infant son, and a lovable bunny named Caramel. I enjoy spending time with family, taking photographs, scrapbooking, hunting, fishing, cooking and gardening.


This post currently has 8 responses.

  • Maryann D.

    Write a card or letter to someone special is such a great idea! I did that as a child.
    I also enjoyed building a fort with blankets & pillows.

  • Dana Rodriguez

    These are all great ideas. I really like the indoor picnic and the writing a letter or card ideas!

  • Lynne B

    Hide and Seek was always a favorite for my daughter and I. My kids used to build blanket and chair forts in our basement.

  • Mia E.

    We have so much rain in the Northwest that I truly appreciate all these ideas for the days we watch our grandkids. I have done some of them but always need more to keep them occupied without TV or electronics.

  • Lauryn R

    These are fantastic ideas, thank you so much for sharing! I am home with my kids 24/7 (we homeschool) so it is nice to have rainy activities to keep us entertained. We do a lot of arts and crafts, I love your idea of painting rocks with water, how fun!

  • Dandi D

    We don’t get many rainy days around here, but these are some great ideas for when we do!

  • Sarah L

    Lots of fun ideas. I remember going outside in the rain and splashing in all the puddles.

  • Jessica Walker

    My kids love to make forts and watch movies in them. Also being the mom to 3 girls we have had lots of spa days where we give each other manicures, pedicures and wear face masks.

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