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A reader asked a great question a while ago about the best rainy day activities in the summer. Many of you chimed in with your answers, and I have gathered them all together so you can be totally inspired! To be honest, this is just a great list of indoor activities, which for us in the South sometimes needs to happen on not-rainy days if we don’t have access to something involving water.
Reader Question: Rainy Day Activities
Hilda T.: “Take a trip around the world… Read books, cook food, make snacks, do a craft, watch a movie, play games, dress up, etc. from other countries. Choose a different country each rainy day.”
Kendra W.: “Painting rocks. Leaf prints. Colored rice sensory bin.”
Valerie P.: “Perler beads, braided bracelets, painting sun catchers, puzzles, baking/cooking, painting, drawing, creative writing, write letters to mail to someone.”
Jennifer T.: “Board and card games!!! We had a couple of rainy days recently so we played Clue, a lot of Uno, Dos, Phase 10! It was fun!”
Cathy C.: “Put small globs of paint on a large paper and then let my grandson drive his hot wheels cars all over it! He’s 5 and still begs to do this often!”
Karen R.: “When my kids were small we had ‘The Rainy Day Bag’ which lived in the top of the living room closet. It had puzzles, tinker toys, Lincoln Logs, and any other cool thing I could find. The bag only came out on rainy days to make it more valuable.”
Jessica M.: “Bubble painting, finger painting, decorating picture frames, making mud pies, board games, rent a movie and eat junk food, bake, color, make construction paper chains, build a fort, play hide and go seek, create your own board game, go fishing, make homemade kites for when the rain stops, use boxes and build a castle, make animal masks and play zoo, make a science project, make slime, tie dye shirts, decorate shirts with markers, decorate old mugs, use old CDs and paint them then add string and hang them from the ceiling, create a play/musical and act it out, help the kids create a new meal, learn the cup song, make paper flowers and build an indoor garden.”
Sarah G.: “Kids ‘Chopped’ contest! Just did one dessert-style. Lots of fun!”
Lawson S.: “Build forts, Legos, playdough, drawing / coloring.”
Cary R.: “Tape paper under kitchen chairs and let the kids paint, pretending they are Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel; have the kids make scavenger hunts for each other; glow sticks in balloon; kids lead the family in stretches and exercises; dance party.”
Jennifer D.: “Building forts, dance party, painting, baking cookies, play dough.”
Annie M.: “Splashing in puddles, dancing in the rain and making mud pies followed by a nice shower and bubble bath, baking cookies and watching a movie we haven’t seen.”
S. M.: “We enjoy arts and crafts, going to the library, making cookies, trying new things, watching a movie like we are at the movie theater, indoor on the floor picnics, legos, making doughs to play with, and play music and dancing. Enjoying our favorite kids songs with motions from YouTube!!”
Donna D.: “Indoor picnic on the floor followed by balloon volleyball.”
Chelle K.: “If it’s just rain and not lightning she plays outside. My daughter loves mud puddles and singing in the rain.”
Lori B.: “If you have little ones, glow sticks in the bathtub.”
Sue C.: “If kids are arguing, we have sock or stuff animal wars. You get laundry baskets and load up and attack.”
Here are Amazon links to some of the things you guys mentioned in case you want to prep for the next rainy day!
What are your favorite rainy day activities? Let us know in the comments!