50 Inspiring Ideas for Rainy Day Fun with Your Kids

“I know it is wet
And the sun is not sunny.
But we can have
Lots of good fun that is funny!”
–The Cat in the Hat

Looking for some boredom-busting ideas to get you through a rainy day with the kids??
Here are 50 of our favorite ways to spend a rainy day:

  1. Painting!
  2. Building forts.
  3. Reading books… in forts.
  4. Snuggling.
  5. Grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup.
  6. Baking sweet treats.
  7. Calling faraway friends to chat.
  8. Tea.
  9. Soul-searching.
  10. Doodling.
  11. Puddle jumping!
  12. Finding money in the pocket of your raincoat from last Spring. None there? Hide a few dollars to “find” next year.
  13. Making bread. From scratch.
  14. Drawing on the windows with dry erase markers.
  15. Playing with stickers!
  16. Whipping up a batch of homemade play dough.
  17. Trying new things!
  18. Designing your own board game.
  19. Drawing comics.
  20. Starting a blog.
  21. Taking a nap.
  22. Impromptu puppet shows.
  23. Puzzles.
  24. Living room dance parties.
  25. Building with blocks.
  26. Filming silly videos.
  27. Making your own instruments.
  28. Taking a long bath.
  29. Daydreaming.
  30. Making your own sunshine.
  31. Beading necklaces.
  32. Homemade “lava lamps”.
  33. Play dress-up!
  34. Hide and seek.
  35. Recording your own audio books.
  36. Indoor picnics.
  37. Building an obstacle course.
  38. Back your bags and go on a pretend airplane trip.
  39. Carpet golf.
  40. Scrapbooking.
  41. Writing your own cookbook.
  42. Indoor carnivals.
  43. Air-popped popcorn.
  44. Making a target range for marshmallow shooters.
  45. Building a cardboard city.
  46. Designing murals made with sticky notes.
  47. Playing hopscotch indoors.
  48. Charades.
  49. Sensory bins!
  50. Recycle old crayons into new ones.

Have fun!!


  1. Love the list, great ideas. Many you forget.. great to print out.. Thanks

  2. Great list! I LOVE that photo of you and your girls! x

  3. Thanks for these great ideas. So many to choose from.


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