When the weather outside is crummy, it can be challenging to find things to do indoors with kids while maintaining your sanity. If you’re up for getting out with your crew, a visit to the local library, an indoor playground, or the children’s museum are great things to do indoors with kids, but staying home and finding rainy day activities for toddlers can be just as fun.
Today we’ve got a list of things to do indoors with kids and rainy day activities for toddlers that will keep your clan happy and create memories to cherish for years to come.
10 Rainy Day Activities for Toddlers and Kids
Build a Blanket Fort
Never underestimate the power of a good living room blanket fort. A timeless activity that appeals to children of all ages and interests, a blanket fort is one of the most perfect rainy day activities for toddlers. This activity fosters imagination and cures boredom in an instant. Add a stack of books, some flashlights, and their favorite stuffed animals for a sweet experience that will keep them enchanted (and occupied). Sure, your couch might be absent of cushions for a few hours – but it’s definitely worth it to hear the gleeful laughter (and/or peace and quiet while they happily read books inside!)
Have a Dance Party
A child’s need to wiggle is very real. When you’re cooped up searching for rainy day activities for toddlers, those wiggles will have to come out one way or another; better in the form of crazy dance than in the form of bouncing off the walls! If you don’t have your own playlist ready, Spotify has some easily accessible playlists with kid-friendly jams that will make you want to move your feet. In our house, this is one of our favorite things to do indoors with kids to pass that final hour of the day before Dad comes home and Mom really needs to make dinner! In addition to getting the wiggles out, it also gets the endorphins flowing and puts everyone in a better mood.
Bake Something Delicious
Kids love to feel grown up, and what is more grown up than baking with real tools and real ingredients? This is one of the most popular things to do indoors with kids because it’s delicious and fun from start to finish. Choose a recipe together after taking stock of what ingredients you have in the pantry, and use it as an opportunity to practice math skills like measuring and fine motor skills like pouring and mixing. Try not to worry about the mess; flour will most certainly end up in everyone’s hair, and stray broken eggs are a natural casualty of baking with kids, but the result will be more than worth the clean up. Memories will be made and when you’re done, you can all enjoy the treat together. Bonus points if you make an indoor picnic or tea party to enjoy your homemade delicacy!
Do Yoga Together
Kids yoga is one of the greatest rainy day activities for toddlers, as it simultaneously gets the wiggles out, squeezes in a bit of exercise, and teaches calming techniques. My kids absolutely adore Cosmic Kids Yoga, which is readily available on YouTube and has dozens of adorable stories and adventures in mindfulness and relaxation for kids. The videos are suitable as for all ages and teach balance, strength, and confidence. And yes, we’re talking about things to do indoors with kids, but this one is also great for adults who need to get a little stretching in, just sayin’.
Make Play Dough
“Who wants to do Play-Doh?” – the phrase uttered by countless Moms searching for rainy day activities for toddlers. It’s one of the most popular things to do indoors with kids because it works! And as fun as store bought Play Doh is, it can be expensive and wasteful with the plastic. Plus, there is just something magical about making your own play dough, which makes it a natural pick for our list of things to do indoors with kids. The recipe is simple enough and works for both toddlers and older children; just mix flour, salt, cream of tartar, water, and a few drops of food coloring. For added sensory fun, add some glitter or a few drops of lavender essential oil. Not only will it smell amazing, it’ll put everyone in a great mood! Homemade play dough keeps for months in an airtight container stored in the fridge.
Put on a Fashion Show
There is no more perfect time to grab your favorite unique and stylish clothing and put on a fashion show. As a girls clothing boutique, this is naturally one of our favorite rainy day activities for toddlers! Build a living room runway, choose a fun playlist, and put on a trendy fashion show with your favorite cute stylish clothes, complete with all the matching accessories – bows, nail polish, tights, scarves, sparkly shoes, the whole nine yards! Whatever you do, don’t forget the camera.
Break out the Board Games
Once your kiddos are old enough to not throw the game pieces all over the playroom, board games are one of the most loved things to do indoors with kids. Classic favorites like Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, Memory, and HiHo! Cherry-O are always fun, and there are always creative new indoor games (often with an educational twist!) coming out for little ones. If your little ones are old enough, card games can be a wonderful way to pass the time, share some laughs, and even learn something! Favorites in our house are Go Fish, Old Maid, Rummy, Spit, or Slapjack.
Go Splash Outside!
If you just can’t stand to be inside a moment longer, and are running out of things to do indoors with kids, pull out the rain gear and go for a rain walk! If there is no threat of thunder or lightning, a good old rain walk is a great way to pass the time. Not only is this a great opportunity to show off those adorable rain boots and raincoats, but also it can be a wonderful time to learn about nature. Puddle splashing, giving your toy cars or animals a mud bath, and just observing the changes in plant and animal behavior are all amazing rainy day activities for toddlers especially. If you’re okay with your kiddos getting a little muddy, it can be the perfect segue into our next activity….
Jump in a Bubble Bath
Break out the bubbles, grab some bath crayons or paint, and put those babies in a nice steamy bath. More great ideas for kids in the bath include borrowing some fun bath-proof “toys” from the kitchen (we’re thinking measuring cups, strainers, funnels, anything that isn’t glass!). They’ll have a blast, you’ll make some fun memories, and bonus – you won’t have to give them a bath later!
When all else fails,
Family Movie Time
So, you’ve tried all the things to do indoors with kids and nothing seems to be working. No one can agree on an activity and you just haven’t got the energy to coordinate another project! This is the time to gather a pile of blankets, grab your favorite snacks, and cuddle on the living room couch while you watch a family movie. Guilt free, mama! As much as we try to avoid screens for our children, studies show that watching programs alongside your kids can actually enhance their learning and helps them to retain more from educational programs. As far as what to watch, Common Sense Media is a wonderful resource for vetting movies, TV shows, and apps for kids.
It may not seem like it in the moment, but there really are endless things to do indoors with kids that are enjoyable, enriching and great ideas for kids and parents alike. We hope this list of rainy day activities for toddlers comes in handy the next time bad weather comes your way.
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Thanks for reading! What are some of your favorite memories growing up?