10 Rainy Day Activities for Kids

Rainy days in the forecast? Looking for a few fun ways to keep the kids entertained indoors without breaking the bank?? Here are a few of our favorite ways to spend a rainy day…

1. Suminagashi Painting — Emily can spend hours doing this, and I love that each print is unique!


2. Find a laundry basket — Turn it into your favorite mode of transportation. We love boats and hot air balloons.


3. Make Your Own Sunshine — When Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate, sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands.


4. Create Some Modern Art — A fun and easy way to brighten up an otherwise rainy day.


5. Homemade Rhythm Set — Fun for kids of all ages!!


6. Play Dough Bakery — Make some treats that are (almost) good enough to eat.


7. Build a Flower Shop — A large cardboard box and some fake flowers from the dollar store can be made into a great flower shop for lots of pretend play fun!


8. Fun with Googly Eyes — Have some googly eyes and old magazines on-hand? Make some silly photo “enhancements”.


9. Rainbow Village — Use our free printable template to make your own rainbow village. Use bits of velcro to hold the houses together and you can build and re-build your village again and again!


10. No-Mess Marbled Painting — A fun, quick, and easy project with hardly any clean-up!

Other related “Rainy Day” posts:
What We Do On Rainy Days — Even more (frugal) ideas to keep the kiddos entertained indoors.

Battery-Free Toys We Love — Perfect for if you happen to lose power during a storm. Save those precious batteries for more important things!

10 Sanity Saving Activities for Quiet Time — Because every parent needs at least some quiet time.

Have fun!!

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  1. Some great ideas here!

  2. Dear Valerie,

    11. Nap


  3. Why is it that children never think of number 11 mentioned before? Great ideas!

  4. I thought your ideas were pretty good – but Mark’s a genius!

  5. My little one has a cold, so I am going to make her one of the no-mess marble painting bags as a fun surprise! thanks for the idea!

  6. super cute houses!