We all know what a challenge rainy days can be when you’re trying to keep your kids entertained. That whole “Mommy I’m bored” game becomes a lot more pronounced when you can’t send the kids outside to play. While it’s easy to resort to letting the kids get bored (and end up annoying you), there are plenty of fun and educational activities that can be done on a rainy day.
From classic board games to creative projects and sensory play, there are endless options to suit different ages, interests and skill levels. Whether you’re stuck at home due to bad weather or simply looking for some indoor inspiration, we’ve collected some of the best rainy day activities for kids.
So grab your favorite Birdie Bean blanket, brew some hot cocoa, and let’s dive into some fun and memorable activities that will brighten up any gloomy day.
Fun Activities & Things to Do Indoors
Coloring is one of the easiest activities to set up on a rainy day. You don’t even have to run out and buy new coloring books because we’re rounded up 10 of our favorite websites to get free coloring pages that you can print out from home. These are the best because they’re always adding new designs, they have themes for every holiday and they offer different designs for all ages.
- Crayola.com: Crayola offers a huge selection of coloring pages, organized by category and age group.
- Coloring Pages for Kids: This website has a variety of categories to choose from and offers printable coloring pages for free.
- Super Coloring: This website has over 21,000 coloring pages and is regularly updated with new designs.
- Coloring Book Fun: This website has a wide range of coloring pages, including holiday-themed pages and educational pages.
- Just Color: Just Color offers a large collection of coloring pages for adults, as well as pages for kids.
- Hello Kids: This website offers a variety of coloring pages, as well as games and activities for kids.
- The Spruce Crafts: The Spruce Crafts has a large collection of free printable coloring pages, including designs for holidays and special occasions.
- Coloring Pages Bliss: This website offers free printable coloring pages for adults, including intricate designs and mandalas.
- Free Coloring Pages: This website offers a variety of coloring pages, including pages for kids, adults, and educational pages.
- Education.com: Education.com has a wide range of free coloring pages for kids, including pages that teach math, science, and social studies concepts.
Stuck indoors? Why not make it feel like the outdoors?! Earlier this year we created an entire guide to indoor camping, and it’s easily one of the best things to do when you’re stuck inside. Move all the furniture, pop the tent right in the living room and plan a picnic dinner! We even have the cutest campfire pajamas to snuggle up in.
Bake something delicious
Freshly baked cookies are the fastest way to put a smile on your face. Get the kids involved and don’t be afraid to make a mess! Who’s going to see it anyway?
If you’re in need of some cookie inspiration, check out this massive list of 83 cookie recipes from Epicure! You’re sure to find something for everyone there.
Break out the board games
Board games are the perfect rainy day activity. These days there are board games for all ages and any number of players. So whether the whole family is at home or it’s just you and the kids, we’re sure there’s a board game out there that would captivate hours of your family’s rainy day!
Some of the all time most popular board games for kids are:
- Candy Land
- Monopoly Junior
- Chutes and Ladders
But some new games that we have loved are:
- Do You Really Know Your Family?
- Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza
- Last Defense
- Guess in 10 Junior Animal Kingdom
- Mighty Fun! Brain Freeze
Have a dance party
Need to get out some of that crazy energy but you’re stuck indoors? Turn on your birdies favorite tunes and dance around in your living room! You can dance, you can sing, you can just chase each other around to your favorite songs.
This is one of those activities that you can do rain or shine, and it’s sure to get the whole family laughing.
Have a pajama day
Put on your most comfy pair of pajamas (preferably a matching set from Birdie Bean) and stay in them all day. What a luxury! You’re not going out today, you might as well stay comfy.
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Make homemade ice cream
We recently shared the easiest way to make homemade ice cream, with three different ice cream flavors and an entire guide to ice cream sundaes. Homemade ice cream is about to be your new favorite rainy day activity.
Binge watch your favorite movies
Break out the snacks because there is nothing better than a binge watch! You don’t have to go screen free on a rainy day, you can do the opposite in fact. And to make this even more fun, you can combine a few of our rainy day activities – bake some cookies, put on your most comfy pajamas, and start watching your family’s favorite movies.
Don’t forget to pull all of the blankets and pillows together to cuddle up on the couch.
Have an arts and crafts session
Break out the arts and crafts. There’s no better time than a rainy day, when you’re stuck indoors, to ramp up your family’s creativity. We love this list of craft ideas from Good Housekeeping (there are 50 crafts to choose from). And a lot of them can be done with elements you probably already have at home. Use up those toilet paper rolls you’ve been saving or the leftover popsicle sticks and get crafting.
Create an indoor scavenger hunt
The best part about an indoor scavenger hunt is that you can make it as easy or as complex as you like – which means it can occupy a lot of your kids' time on a rainy day. Create clues, hide them in envelopes and number them so the kids know what set they’re on. Make sure there’s a great prize at the end to really keep them entertained.
Make a family bucket list
Making a bucket list as a family can be such a fun way to see what each of your kids is interested in doing together as a family. Would they like to visit the beach? One day take a trip to Disneyland or go on a great camping trip? This is a great way to get everyone excited about future family adventures!
Make homemade pizza
Personalized homemade pizza used to be our favorite thing when we were kids. You get to pick your toppings, no arguing with your siblings over pineapple. And it’s such a fun way to get your kids involved in the cooking. They can help knead the dough, sprinkle on as much cheese as they want, and of course, choose their toppings.
We’ve loved turning this tradition from our own childhood into a rainy day activity for the whole family.
Your new family slogan? “When it rains, we make pizza”
There are plenty of activities that you can do to help keep your kids entertained on a rainy day. Instead of feeling cooped up all day, we hope that these activities will help you feel excited the next time you wake up and the skies are gray.
What are your favorite ways to keep the kids entertained on a rainy day? Share them with us over on Instagram (@birdiebeanbaby). We love to connect with you there.
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