Rainy days don’t have to put a damper on your fun. Getting stuck inside might sideline your plans, but it offers the perfect opportunity to get creative, enjoy some play time, and reconnect. There are so many exciting things to do on a rainy day, you’ll all be hoping fore more rain in the forecast!
9 Things to Do On a Rainy Day With Kids
When a rainstorm strikes, it doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun and keep the kids stimulated. Try one of these rainy day activities the next time a downpour leaves you stuck indoors:
Burn Off Some Energy!
It’s easy to get lazy on a rainy day, but there are so many indoor activities that can keep you active even when it’s raining outside. Here are a few rainy day activities you can do inside to get your kids up and moving:
- Jump on leftover bubble wrap to pop it all
- Create an obstacle course with furniture
- Set a timer to see who can clean up their bedroom the fastest
- Try out a headstand
These are just a few ideas; there are so many other options! Keeping active even on gloomy days is a great way to improve your kids’ mental health.
Try Out New Indoor Crafts for Kids
Being stuck indoors is the perfect time to get creative. Put your art skills to work and make fun crafts for kids as an indoor activity. You don’t have to be a budding Van Gogh to enjoy a fun craft project. Try making your own playdough and then having the kids play with it. Work on a craft that doubles as a kindness project. Or try learning to draw with video lessons from a pro. The possibilities are endless!
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Bake Some Yummy Treats
Whether you love baking or not, whipping out your cookie sheets or cake pans on a rainy day can be one of the most fun things to do. You can even make your treats “rainy day themed.” If you make cookies, add some grayish-blue frosting to match the weather outside. If you bake a cake, write a message on top like “Rain, rain go away, come back another day!”
Have a Dance Party
What could be more fun than pumping up the music indoors on a rainy day? Take out the costumes, the boas, the wacky sunglasses, and host a wild dance party in your living room. Your kids will have a blast, and they won’t even realize they’re actually exercising. Join them in cutting a rug, and you’ll burn off some calories too. Plus, everyone will be ready for sleep by bedtime.
Make a Blanket Fort
One of the most fun things you can do on a rainy day is building a fort and hide out in it. Grab some blankets and sheets along with clips and hair ties, and start draping them around the house. Use furniture and other items to help the blankets stay off the ground. Tie different blankets together to make the fort even bigger. Once you tie them all together, you’ll be ready to crawl under with a book, snacks, and some string lights to enjoy the rainy day snuggling up in your fort.
Have a Movie Marathon
Whether you choose to binge-watch all of the Harry Potter movies or decide to stream a few of your kids’ favorite movies in a row, you’ll love watching movies with the sound of rain right outside of your window. Don’t forget to make popcorn or another fun, healthy snack for the movie marathon!
Have an Afternoon of Games
If your kids love family game night, setting up an afternoon of different board games could be your version of one of the best days – rain or shine. Get out your favorite board games and set up a tournament. Let your kids pick which ones they want to play – and start playing! Some great options are Monopoly for a longer game or Throw Throw Burrito for a shorter one. You could also try out card games like Uno and Go Fish or look up some new games on the Internet to see if you and your kids can learn a new card game.
Spend Time Reading
If you’re stuck inside on a rainy day, it could be a great time to give your kids some quiet time to relax and read. Have your younger kids pick out a few of their favorite books to read together, or have them practice reading out loud to you. Have older kids read to younger siblings.
Make A Splash!
Just because it’s raining, it doesn’t mean all the fun has to stay indoors! If the rain isn’t too heavy and you’re feeling brave, pull on your rain boots and go outside to splash. It will be messy and you’ll need to dry off with warm clothes and maybe some hot cocoa after, but it is sure to be an awesome memory your kids won’t soon forget.
Check out the weather forecast in your area for the next ten days. Is there any rain expected in the area? Start planning the things to do on a rainy day.
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