Keeping kids entertained on rainy days isn’t always easy, but it doesn’t have to be a struggle. Even when the sky is grey, and it’s pouring outside, there are plenty of rainy day activities for kids that are loads of fun! In fact, a rainy day can often be an ideal time for some new games and ideas that will keep them occupied and out of mischief. Here are some great ideas for keeping your kids happy on wet days.
Have A Bake Off
Nothing brings families together quite like a bake-off of some kind. Whether it’s a specific baking challenge or a themed bake-off, such as an Astronaut food bake-off, if the weather is a bit spacey, make sure you have the ingredients ready to go, and set your contestants a clear brief. Challenges and rules can be silly and informal, but ensure a clear winner at the end.
If you’re short on ideas, you can get inspiration from websites like The Great British Bake Off. Make sure you have plenty of cooling space and a few extra mixing bowls. You’ll be surprised how messy baking can be when kids are involved!
Plenty of great board games are ideal for rainy day fun. They’re great for helping kids develop their reading skills and are a great way to spend quality family time together. Some of the best board games for rainy days include Connect 4, Jenga, and Monopoly! If you have younger kids, you can get great educational games such as those that teach numbers or colors.
Alternatively, you could create your own family game by getting your kids to make up their own rules based on something they’re interested in. If you’re looking to save some space, there are now plenty of board games that you can play online. As long as you’ve got a laptop or computer with a browser, you can play some great rainy day games from the comfort of your sofa.
Kids love to dance, so why not throw a dance party? You can create a fun dance-off in the living room or invite friends for a dance-off competition. There are plenty of kid-friendly music apps that you can use to create your dance playlist. There are even apps that can help you make your own music video.
You could even turn it into a rainy day sleepover if you have a few friends over. You can turn a dance party into a dance-off if you have younger kids. Find kid-friendly music, make silly dance moves, and see who can last the longest without laughing. It’s an excellent game for all ages and is a great way to get the kids moving and having fun.
Make Your Own Movie
You’ll need a laptop and editing software such as iMovie or Windows Movie Maker for this activity. Make sure you have a microphone and speakers close to hand as well. There are loads of apps that can help you make your own movie.
Kids love making their own short films, so get them to develop a storyline and script and then make their own short movies. Let them use props, costumes, and make-up to create the atmosphere. Once the film is edited, you can save it to the laptop or upload it to YouTube for others to view. This is a great way to get them reading and thinking creatively.
There are also plenty of great YouTube tutorials if you want to make a more involved project.
Kids love to play hide and seek, and it’s a great rainy day activity that helps develop their communication skills and problem-solving abilities. It’s also a great way to get your kids to use the sofa, chairs, tables, and other furniture in new and creative ways! You will want to change how you play hide and seek if you have younger kids. For example, you could play it as a version of a blind man’s bluff where you have a rule that the seeker can only touch things that are on the ground. There are also lots of fun online hide and seek games that you can play with younger kids.
Have A Movie Marathon
There are plenty of kids’ movies that are perfect for rainy days. They’re great for keeping your kids occupied and are ideal for long, rainy afternoons where you all need something to do. Check out some of the older kids’ movies you might not have seen yet.
You can even turn a movie marathon into a fun family activity. For example, you could watch a classic Disney movie, and every time a character appears, have your kids do an activity related to that character. If you’ve got kids a little younger, try to pick something that isn’t too scary or has a complex plot. It’s much easier to keep kids engaged and entertained if they can follow what’s going on in the movie.
Indoor Treasure Hunt
Indoor treasure hunts are a great rainy day activity for all ages. You can make it as complicated or as simple as you want, and you can make it as short or as long as you want, depending on your kids’ attention spans. There are many ways to create an indoor treasure hunt, but one of the most common is to hide items that start a sentence or are part of a story. The items could be any shape or form, and you can use anything around the house that might be useful.
Build a Fort
Younger kids will love to build a fort, and it’s an activity that will keep them busy for hours. It’s also a great way to get the kids to use their imagination, and it can be a lot of fun to create a new fort each time. It doesn’t have to be a large task either. You could turn it into a game by setting a timer for kids to build a fort as quickly as possible. You can create a more complex fort by setting some ground rules if you have older kids. Try to incorporate creativity and problem-solving into the fort building, and make sure the kids work together to build the best fort they can.
There are lots of great rainy day printables online. There are also some great online activities that you can do with kids. You can find printables for many things, such as coloring sheets, word searches, object tracing, etc. You can even find printables that are related to specific subjects. For example, there are some great science printables that kids can use to learn more about the weather. You can also find some great online activities. Some great websites have coloring sheets and activities based on books and movies. This is an excellent way for kids to use their imagination and creativity.
Build An Indoor Obstacle Course
With a blackboard, some tape, and a few other quickly found items, you can create an indoor obstacle course that will entertain your kids for hours. You can make it as simple or complicated as you like. Using a blackboard, create a start and finish line and a few different obstacles you and your kids can hop, crawl, and climb through. If you want to make it even more challenging, you can add a few different skills to the obstacle course, such as counting, writing, and problem-solving. This activity is excellent for improving your child’s motor skills, as well as their cognitive ability.
Make A Scrapbook
If your children are old enough to hold a pen, they will love this great rainy day activity. You can use this time in the house to learn a little bit more about your kids, and they can also learn a little bit more about you. Using various colored papers, magazines, photographs, and whatever else you can find, you and your kids can create a scrapbook of your time together. This is an excellent activity if your kids are in school and are studying a particular topic. They can use this as a chance to create a scrapbook about the subject, and you can use it to help them learn more about what they’re studying.
Make Your Own Bowling Alley
You can make a mini-bowling alley if you have room. You can use household items such as cardboard boxes, tennis balls, and toy bowling pins to create your own bowling alley. This is a great rainy day activity for kids of all ages, and you can even turn it into a competition to see who can score the highest.
Conclusion to Rainy Day Activities for Kids
There are few things as magical as rain when you’re a child. The world seems quiet and still, and something about being inside on a rainy day feels cozy and comforting. Of course, when you’re a parent, rainy days can be a little less magical. You have to find ways to keep the kids busy and engaged, and you have to find ways to pass the time when you’re inside. Luckily, there are lots of fun things to do when it rains outside.