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Rainy Day Activities for Kids: Fun Things To Do Inside

Updated on September 19, 2012
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Have you and your kids found yourselves stuck inside because of the weather? It can be hard to keep kids busy if they can't go outside. It can be fun to go play in the rain, but often its best to stay dry and warm inside. There are a lot of rainy day activities that will keep your kids indoors, but it can often be hard to come up with things to do at the last minute.

Here are 40 ideas of things to do inside. These are great rainy day activities that will be fun for the kids. Many of them use materials that you have around the house and with a little planning, your kids should stay happy and occupied for many hours.

40 Rainy Day Activity Ideas That Will Keep Your Kids Busy Indoors


  1. Read a book
  2. Have a cooking lesson
  3. Make cookies
  4. Make dream catchers
  5. Arts and crafts
  6. Board games
  7. Hide and Seek
  8. Crosswords
  9. Word searches
  10. Sodoku
  11. Scavenger Hunt
  12. Movies on DVD
  13. Put on skits or a talent show
  14. Write poetry
  15. Duck Duck Goose
  16. Heads Up Seven Up
  17. Finger Paint
  18. Color/Draw
  19. Pitch a tent or build a fort
  20. Play Cards
  21. Play "volleyball" with a balloon
  22. Video games
  23. I Spy
  24. Make masterpieces out of Play-Dough
  25. Make paper airplanes
  26. Tie-dye T-shirts
  27. Kids' aerobics video
  28. Make puppets and do a puppet show
  29. Charades
  30. Build things with Legos, K'nex, or building blocks
  31. Play dress-up
  32. Have a tea party
  33. Sing
  34. Make a photo album
  35. Make homemade Christmas/Birthday/Holiday cards
  36. Sewing or knitting lessons
  37. Learn to tie knots
  38. Do tricks with a yo-yo
  39. Jigsaw puzzles
  40. At-home Jeopardy

Get Started and Have Fun on a Rainy Day!

Many of these rainy day activities require a little planning or some materials on-hand. Try to get them together ahead of time if you know the weather is going to keep your little ones inside. If you've found yourself in the rain unexpectedly, opt for easy activities that don't require materials or use things that you keep around the house.

The important thing is to just get started! Have a few activities to choose from in case your kids get tired of the first activities. If you're trying to stay busy all day, you'll probably need quite a few different things to do.

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      Twila Nelson 5 years ago from Carmichael, California

      In our family we have found that we all cannot be happy all of the time so it is wonderful to have a list to glance at from time to time for quick and new ideas.

      These ideas are perfect for extremely hot days and days with unhealthy air quality also. Thank you!

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      Modern Lady 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Thanks Twilanelson! I hope you found these ideas helpful. Coming up with new ones can be difficult, especially if it's raining and you haven't planned ahead.

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