Rainy Day Activities for Kids

Rainy days almost always mean trouble for parents with children. The kids are cooped up. Bored. Full of copious amounts of energy. They're ready and rearing to go, with nowhere to go. This rambunctious nature inevitably leads to household destruction.

While to the kids it may seem that balancing a teacup, some milk, a cake, three books, the Fish, a rake, a toy boat, a toy man, a red fan, and an umbrella while on a ball may be the only way to pass the time… there are plenty of other fun and creative rainy day activities for kids. Keeping the kids entertained on those rainy days is a matter of patience.

Here are a few tips for planning some successful rainy day activities.


Prepare ahead of time. Yes, you never know when a rainy day or a snow day is going to happen. That doesn't mean you can't be prepared for it. Keep an activity box with some arts and craft ideas, coloring pages, markers, and board games. Simple rainy day activities like these can keep them occupied while you're making lunch.


Get them moving. They may be stuck indoors, but that doesn't mean they can't burn off all that excess energy. They don't have to tear up the house to do it either. Save up your empty paper towel rolls, and plan a "sword fight" in the living room. Pillow fights are another duel that's typically safe and gets them active. It doesn't all have to be fighting though. Let them slide down the stair well or through the hallway on a blanket. High energy rainy day activities are easy.


Arts and crafts let them be creative. Just like the high energy activities, arts and crafts for rainy days don't need to cost a lot of money. Kids and teenagers of all ages love coloring. Coloring books are cheap, and you can always find free coloring pages online. Colortime offers fun and creative ready to color t-shirts and pillowcases. Popsicle sticks and glue offers limitless potential. Take a trip with your children to the craft store, and give them each a budget of $5 or $10.


Let them help you. If you're at home with the kids, they're probably doing their best to interfere with anything you would like to accomplish around the house. Get them involved too! Normal, everyday chores can become fun rainy day activities. A simple reward for whoever cleans their room the fastest can get them motivated. Cookies will be extra special if they help you bake them. Younger children love playing "house", let them do it for real.


Rainy day activities don't have to cost a lot of money or require a rambunctious Cat. You can keep children entertained and busy, so long as you plan ahead of time.