You’re stuck inside on a rainy day, and your kids are bored because they can’t go outside to play. Don’t fret! There are plenty of fun indoor activities you can do with them that will keep them occupied while also nurturing their creativity and sense of adventure. Try one of these 10 rainy day activities to do with your kids, and you’ll have them asking when the next rainstorm will come along so they can get started on the next project.
1) Cook with your kids
Cooking with your kids is a great way for parents and kids alike to bond over something together. If your kids are interested in learning how to cook, then this activity will be perfect for them. Simply picking up ingredients from the grocery store and teaching them different cooking techniques can lead to exciting memories that last well into adulthood. After all, these skills won’t be forgotten once they leave home – the kitchen will always be there waiting for them. So don’t let a little rain ruin your fun! Get creative today by taking the time to cook with your kids.
2) Create crafts with your kids
As parents, we are always looking for fun family activities that can engage all of the kids at once. This rainy day craft idea is perfect! It’s not only fun but creative and inexpensive as well. All you need are some plastic cups and paint in various colors. It doesn’t get much easier than this! The best part about it is that there are so many variations on this theme.
You could make a bowl full of different size cups and have your kids come up with new designs or shapes to create from them.
The next time it rains, grab a pack of large paper plates and add paint too! Talk about sensory overload- the rain on the roof combined with colorful paints will make for a wonderful afternoon spent indoors (or at least away from the rain).
3) Bake with your kids
Baking with your kids is a fun activity that you can do as a family on a rainy day. Not only will it give your kids something to do and learn, but you’ll have an excuse to eat some sweets too! One of the best parts about baking with your kids is all the sweet smells in the kitchen. And if they’re helping make the recipe, you might end up with an aspiring chef on your hands. These recipes are so easy for kids to help with, and their enjoyment will inspire them to want to cook more often. Plus, there’s nothing like watching your little ones excitedly gobble down cookies that they helped bake themselves.
4) Have an indoor picnic
Indoor picnics are the perfect way to get your kids playing indoors and create a little family fun in your own home. You can use any lunch items you have on hand, or you can make a trip to the grocery store. Just add some drinks and snacks and give them a break from the rain!
For example, you could create an indoor picnic with potato chips, pretzels, fruit, cookies, and milk. Or make mini pizzas by spreading the sauce over bread rounds, then topping with cheese and pepperoni.
5) Get active inside
Get the kids active while inside the house.
Playing instruments: Get a drum, xylophone, cymbals, or whatever instrument is their favorite, and have them play it! You can make music together with an old guitar. If you need to keep things quiet during naptime, then opt for a tambourine or something soft. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is: there’s always a good reason to drum!
Tag: This classic game is great for any age. Whether your kids are 4 or 14, they’ll love this activity!
Hide & go seek: Another classic game that never gets old. Hide one person and give another person 10 minutes to find them without being seen (or use your whole family if you want). Put extra challenges in place such as not being able to touch anything once found. Or only being able to touch objects that are red!
6) Have a photo booth session
Start by inviting them to take turns picking out a fun outfit from their closet or dress-up area, or ask them to wear something that makes them feel like a superhero (or villain!). Then set up your camera on a tripod and snap away. Once everyone has had their turn being photographed, help each child develop the pictures into stickers using photo editing software like Adobe Photoshop Elements or Adobe Lightroom. The kids can then decorate their creations before sticking them onto blank paper as art projects or using them as fridge magnets.
7) Watch movies
Watch family movies with the kids – don’t let a rainy day spoil the fun! Pick up some snacks and cozy up on the couch. It’s sure to remind everyone that watching movies doesn’t need to stop just because it’s raining outside. There are lots of family-friendly movies to choose from, so you’re sure to find something they’ll love.
8) Build something together with LEGOs
LEGOs are one of the best toys for any kid because they encourage creativity, and problem-solving, and there are a million things you can build with them. Plus, it is never too early for your kids to learn about geometry and engineering!
One rainy day activity that is great to do together with the kids is building something out of LEGOs. It doesn’t have to be complicated; all you need are a few pieces of LEGO and an idea. You can create anything from a house to a spaceship, or even make animals out of LEGOs (to help teach colors). Building something with LEGOs will not only provide some family fun on those dreary days but also give your child some important skills like patience and working as part of a team.
9) Play board games (bonus points if it’s raining outside and you have no electricity)
Playing board games on a rainy day is an excellent idea. Scrabble, Monopoly, chess, Jenga – the list goes on. All you need is a cup of hot cocoa and some board games to get you and your kids entertained. And bonus points if it’s pouring outside and the electricity is out so the whole thing is that much cozier!
10) Tell stories or read a book together
Engage in conversation with your kids by reading stories together or telling the stories of your childhood memories. This activity doesn’t include any screens so you can avoid any additional screen time for the kids and instead focus on spending quality time together!
There are plenty of fun rainy day activities to do and we just listed 10 of the ones we enjoy doing the most. What rainy day activities does your family enjoy?