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It's raining, it's pouring, but things don't have to be boring: 10 rainy day ideas for kids


Rainy day ideas for kids

The weather gods seem to be having a laugh right now: sunny skies one moment and big ol' downpours the next. Ugh. All the ugh. But for those days when the pesky wet weather does set in, we've got a whole heap of rainy day ideas for kids that will keep those frowns turned upside down.


1. Make your own playdough

Rainy day ideas for kids

It turns out that making your own playdough is not only easy to make, but it's also rather therapeutic. Fact: squishing and moulding the stuff into all kinds of things is fun for all ages. Hop into our doughtally easy guide on how to whip up a batch of your own.


2. Dust off the board games

Rainy day ideas for kids

Pull out the board games and challenge the fam to a friendly battle of Blokus, exercise your fast fingers with a game of Hungry Hippos and then get settled for a marathon Monopoly session. Don't forget to check out our guide to what we think are the best family board games first.


3. Go puddle jumping

Rainy day ideas for kids

Whack on your wellies and get outside for a good old stomp in the puddles. Guaranteed squeals of laughter all round.


4. Bake some goodies

Rainy day ideas for kids

Rainy days are perfect for a storm of a different type: a baking storm! Keep it simple but delish and get your young chefs to help mix, measure, pour and, of course, decorate! Kick start the kitchen fun with our guide to these easy recipes that don't need flour or eggs, and then move on to this cool Halloween snacks sure to please your mini monsters.


5. Knock over some pins

Rainy day ideas for kids
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Turn a space in your home into a DIY bowling alley! We're huge fans of toilet roll craft, so try this tutorial by Mom.com to make your own set of pins.


6. Break out the washi tape

Rainy day ideas for kids

Washi tape, washi tape: how we love thee. So much so that we've written a whole guide awash with washi tape craft ideas. You're welcome.


7. Gather all the felt tips together

Rainy day ideas for kids

Google 'free colouring sheets' and print out a pile to keep you and the kiddos busy for hours. Hot tip: we print ourselves a pretty little mandala number to do while the kids are colouring in their more Disney-orientated sheets. There's only so many times we can colour in Elsa...


8. Build a fort

Rainy day ideas for kids

Put your blanket fort building skills to the test and help the kiddos create a cool space for a ton of imaginative play and maybe even an indoor picnic for bonus fun.


9. Challenge the kids to a Lego contest

Rainy day ideas for kids

Tip out the bricks and challenge the fam to a Lego comp to find out who has got what it takes to be a Master Builder. Just make sure it's all picked up afterwards: everything is deffo not awesome when you step on that stuff with bare feet!


10. Read a good book or two

Rainy day ideas for kids

Snuggle up with a big pile of words and rediscover all those stories you haven't read together in a while. And once you're done, create and illustrate a book of your own together!


Bonus inclusion: Get ready for Halloween


rainy day ideas for kids

Halloween is very nearly upon us! Break out the googly eyes and busy yourselves with Halloween decor and Halloween loo roll crafts before going conkers with a bit of autumn craft. Wind the day up with a spooky-but-not-too-spooky Halloween movie!


Need some more rainy day ideas? Then hop into one of these activity-packed guides:


Turn your loo rolls into snakes, unicorns and fairy houses!

Boredom busters: craft ideas for the weeks ahead

Turn your cardboard boxes into craft creations

Upcycling ideas for the whole family

Rock painting inspo

Family movies we can't get enough of

Rainy days out in London with kids

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