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32 Rainy Day Activities For Kids To Keep Them Entertained

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Rainy days can be hard because getting outside is so fun and a great way for kids to use their energy. Next time you’re stuck inside at home, try doing some of these rainy day activities for kids with your little ones.

This list includes lots of great toddler activities, motor activities, and indoor activities to keep kids busy. Some of them will also help with fine motor skills and gross motor skills.

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Rainy Day Activity For Kids #1 – Little Passports

Little Passports is a monthly subscription box that teaches kids about geography, culture, art, and science. There are boxes for different age ranges and there are different themes.

We have a subscription and love it so far! You can shop it here.

2. Lovevery Play Kits

Lovevery play kits are so much fun! They have subscription boxes for ages 0-4 years old. Each box is for a 2-3 month age range and is perfect for babies and toddlers that age. The toys are so much fun and are sustainable.

I get these for my kids and love to save them for rainy days when we don’t get outside. Shop Lovevery Play Kits here.

3. MEL Science Kits

MEL Science is a subscription box company that has science kits. They have STEM, physics, and chemistry kits for different ages.

Each box has 1-5 fun science projects in it that you can do at home. Use coupon code MORGAN50 for 50% off the first month of your subscription.

4. Sensory Bin

Making a sensory bin is one of the rainy day activities for kids in this post.

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Sensory bins help kids use their senses to explore things. They can help them learn to focus. This arctic sensory bin from Fun Learning For Kids is so cute and creative. To make this you’ll need arctic animals, blue gems, baking soda, and a few more things. You can get the animals here and the blue gems here.

5. Decorate Cardboard Mermaids

Craft where you draw and decorate mermaids on cardboard

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These cardboard mermaids are so unique! The idea comes from The Life of Coco and Babes. Her Instagram is one of my favorite accounts to follow. Her and her daughter decorated these mermaids with washi tape, sequins, and crayons.

If you don’t have any washi tape, a pack of washi tape is a good place to start. You can get one here.

6. Pom Pom Animals

Pom Pom Animal craft

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Pom pom animals are super fun to make and to play with afterwards. I used to make them with a girl I babysit and we always had so much fun. Red Ted Art made this hedgehog pom pom craft. In her post she’ll teach you how to make them.

You’ll need brown and cream wool yarn to yet started. You can get brown yarn here and cream yarn here.

7. I Spy Books 

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I Spy books are a great way to pass the time. Your kids will look at a picture and try to find certain things, objects, animals, etc. in the picture.

8. Hot Chocolate Bar

Hot Chocolate Bar

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Rainy days are usually colder, so making hot chocolate is a fun way to warm up. Put together a hot chocolate bar to make it more exciting. Have your kids help you get everything ready, then they can make their own cup of hot chocolate.

Confessions of Parenting put together this hot cocoa bar with marshmallows, candy canes, chocolate chips, and more. She even has free printables you can download for your party!

9. Play With Kinetic Sand

Play with kinetic sand

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Kinetic sand can be molded into shapes. It’s similar to wet sand and is really fun to play with. Eating Richly has a recipe to make your own with only 3 ingredients. Making this is kind of like a science experiment.

If you’d rather buy it, you can get it here.

10. Play Board Games

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Playing board games is such a classic indoor activity. Kids can play them with each other or with adults. One of my favorite children’s board games is Candy Land.

11. Plate Yarn Weaving

Plate Yarn Weaving

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Happy Hooligans had this fun idea for plate yarn weaving. You’ll poke holes in paper plates and use yarn to weave a pattern into them.

Get a pack of colored yarn here.

12. Thumbprint Animals

Thumbprint Animals

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Thumbprint animals are so cute and a great way to keep little ones occupied. Easy Peasy and Fun has ideas of what you can make for every letter of the alphabet. Doing this is also a fun way to work on learning the alphabet.

You’ll need an inkpad to do this activity. You can get a colored one here.

13. Bath Paint

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I love the idea of painting in the bath because it keeps the paint mess more contained. This is fun for little kids and toddlers to do.

14. Paper Plate Tennis

Paper Plate Tennis

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Kids Activities had the idea for paper plate tennis. You’ll need paper plates, popsicle sticks, and balloons to do play this.

15. Make Christmas Ornaments

Make snowman Christmas Ornaments

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If Christmas is coming up you can make ornaments with you kiddos. After making them you can keep them or give them to grandparents as gifts. I love the idea to do these tea light snowmen ornaments from One Little Project.

You’ll need battery powered tea lights to make them. You can get them here.

16. Make Homemade Pizzas

Make homemade pizza

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We love to make homemade pizza, especially in personal sizes. This way each kid can do their own toppings. It’s fun for them to get involved and they’ll enjoy eating a yummy meal. An Italian In My Kitchen has a pizza dough recipe you can use.

Related Content: 16 Vegan Pizza Recipes Anyone Can Make

17. Make Slime

Make Slime

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Kids love to play with slime. Playing with it is a great activity, but so is making it. Eating Richly has an easy recipe for glitter slime. You’ll need liquid starch and Elmer’s glitter glue to make it. You can get liquid starch here and glitter glue here.

If you’re not into making it, you can buy some here.

18. Build a Blanket Fort

Building a blanket fort is fun and so is hanging out in it. Kids can read in it, play with toys, or watch a movie.

19. Laundry Basket Skee Ball

Laundry Basket Skee Ball

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Frugal Fun 4 Boys has this awesome idea of using laundry baskets to play skee ball. You’ll need ball pit balls to play with. You can get some here.

20. Write a Letter to Mail to Grandma and Grandpa

Have your kids write a letter to Grandma and Grandpa or other family or friends. They can also draw pictures to send.

21. Read Books

We love reading books with our twins. These are some of our favorite board books right now.

22. Paint Rocks

Paint Rocks

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Painting rocks will help kids be creative. After they paint them they can place them outside for others to enjoy too. Crafts By Amanda shows you how to paint these cute lady bug rocks in her blog post.

23. Bake Cookies

bake vegan chocolate chip cookies

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Baking cookies is a classic rainy day activity. Your kids can help with baking them and eating them! A Cozy Kitchen has a great recipe for chocolate chip cookies.

24. Build Legos

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Legos are a fun motor activity and they also help with fine motor skills and problem solving.

25. Make Bracelets

Make bracelets

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You can learn how to make these bead bracelets from Crafts By Ria. To make them, here’s what you’ll need small rubber bands and beads. You can get rubber bands here and beads here.

26. Play With Bubbles

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Bubbles are fun to blow, pop, catch, and chase around. This will keep kids entertained for a while.

27. Have a Tea Party

Have a Tea Party

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Passionate Penny Pincher has lots of great ideas for throwing a tea party on a budget.

28. Paint

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Painting is a great way to relax and work on motor skills. You can get paint here and paint brushes here.

29. Make Play Doh

Make Play Doh

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Playing with play dough is calming and encourages creativity. You can make your own with this recipe from The Imagination Tree, or you can buy some here.

30. Cotton Ball Painting

Cotton Ball Painting

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Domestic Mommyhood has this cool idea for cotton ball painting. It’s a really unique and creative way to paint.

31. Color

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Coloring is always so much fun. This is something I’ll always love doing with kids.

32. Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt

Thrifty Northwest Mom came up with this fun indoor scavenger hunt that will keep your kids running around and entertained for a while. She has a free printable for it.

Which of these rainy day activities for kids are you going to try?

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