Fun Things to Do on a Rainy Day

Budget-friendly and enjoyable DIY indoor activities for the kids

Updated on January 08, 2018 12:01 pm

When the bad weather strikes and the kids get stuck indoors, how often do you hear the words, "I’m bored"? Despite the raindrops and mud puddles, there are a variety of things to not only entertain your child, but nurture their imagination, grow their creativity, and build strong muscles. Best of all, you can do all these things with items you already have around the house.

1. Encourage creativity through crafts.

  • Decorate rocks. Make little pets out of rocks. Paint smooth stones into bugs, ladybugs, or birds.
  • Search the house for materials and make a recycled craft. Make a little house or bed for them out of a shoebox. Have your child paint and decorate the shoebox and cut out windows and doors. Make curtains and furniture out of construction paper.
  • Make homemade playdough. Playdough is not only fun but also beneficial for your child, as it helps develop the large and small muscles in their hands and aids eye-hand coordination. It also helps to improve fine motor skills, which is beneficial to daily activities.

Here's how to make a glitter play-dough:

2. Bring out their inner artist.

  • Finger-paint or watercolour for a friend, coach, or teacher. Supply them with coloured paper, markers, glue, scissors, stickers, or craft punches.
  • Make toothpick and mini marshmallow sculptures.
  • Design a card, and send it to a grandparent or other loved one. Use cookie cutters for them to trace and cut out shapes to decorate their cards. Have them address and stamp the envelope themselves and put it in the mailbox.

3. Curate some recipes and cook or bake.

  • Make a snack or meal together with simple recipes. Get creative in the kitchen with some classic Ants on a Log with celery, peanut butter, and raisins, for a healthy snack. You can also have your child prepare dessert for that night’s dinner by baking cookies or cupcakes, or opt for a healthier dessert such as colorful fruit skewers or chocolate-covered bananas.
  • Decorate cookies or make them from scratch.
  • Bring the outdoors in by making Dirt 'n' Worms. Here's how:

4. Get physical with games.

  • Indoor hopscotch with tape on the floor
  • Indoor bowling with empty bottles. Save 10 plastic water or soda bottles. Remove all the labels with soap and water. Have your children paint each bottle as they wish. Once they are dry, fill the bottles with water, sand, or pebbles to weigh them down. Set them up like bowling pins, and use a ball to take turns knocking them down.

As you can see, there are so many fun and exciting things for your children to do at home with materials you already have. Rain or shine, these boredom-busters are guaranteed to be a hit in your home!

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