Can’t face watching Frozen for the seventeenth time? Fed up of soft play? Avoid restless and grouchy children with our top rainy day activities. Guaranteed to keep boredom at bay for you and the children!
build a den or fort
Use tables, chairs, blankets and cushions to make a cosy den for your little ones. Children will love taking their books into their little den for some ‘quiet time’ (we can only hope) or playing house with their dolls and teddies!
set up a scavenger hunt
You can set up a scavenger hunt for your child to follow by writing a list of things for them to find around the house. Or, if like me that’s far too much effort, use your iPad to take close up photos of objects around the house and have your child seek them out. You can even have them take a picture of each item to check them off the list.
One of my favourite things to do with the children is to get the craft box out. It’s full of coloured paper, paints, pens, stamps, stickers, glitter glue, tissue paper, ribbons, feathers and other bits and pieces I’ve collected. Make masks from paper plates, paint a self-portrait or make a collage, the options are endless. Lay a wipeable tablecloth on the floor and secure with masking tape to protect your surfaces!
create an indoor obstacle course
Create an indoor obstacle course for your little one to navigate. Use tunnels, pillows, skipping ropes, bean bags, whatever you have to hand. Create challenges along the way that they must complete like throwing a ball through a hoop or into a bucket. You can even make it a time challenge!
play with Play-Doh
Play-Doh is brilliant for keeping children entertained on rainy days. They love the different colours and using their imagination to create weird and wonderful creatures. It’s available at most hobby stores, or you can even make it yourself at home from flour, salt, cream of tartar, oil and food colouring.
have an indoor picnic
Ok, so you might not be able to take them on a real picnic but how about having a carpet picnic at home? Lay out the picnic blanket and bring out the plastic tableware. Make little finger sandwiches and fun picnic snacks. Your little ones will love helping pack the picnic. Encourage them to bring along their teddies for a teddy bears picnic!
make some gloop!
If you haven’t discovered gloop yet, it is a revelation! What starts off as a seemingly solid mixture turns to a fantastically gloopy liquid in your hands. Dye it with green food colouring for a slime effect. It’s quick and easy to make with cornflour and water. Pour the cornflour into a large tray and slowly add water to get the consistency you want. I’m not sure who enjoys this more, my children or me!
Children love getting involved in the kitchen and never more so when the result is some tasty cakes or cookies. Try making homemade pizzas and letting the children add their own toppings.
throw your own film festival
When it’s particularly dark and miserable out there why not throw your own film festival? Make some popcorn and cups of cocoa and snuggle down for a screening of their favourite movie! Some of the favourites in our house include Toy Story, Finding Nemo, ET and Mary Poppins.
stuff the weather and go puddle jumping
Who cares about the rain, throw on your waterproofs and wellies and find yourself some puddles to jump in! Well, if it’s good enough for Peppa Pig…
join the conversation
Do you have any fail-safe ideas for keeping the kids entertained on rainy days? We’d love to hear from you. Tell us your best boredom-busting ideas!