Have You Tried These 10 Incredibly Fun Rainy Day Activities for Kids?April 24, 2019 • Outdoor Ideas
Not sure what to do with your little ones on a rainy day? Here are 10 fun rainy day activities you and your kids can enjoy outdoors!
You don’t have to stay indoors on these gloomy days. Our rainy day activities for children can be enjoyed outdoors for guaranteed family fun! Of course you’ll need to be prepared with protective waterproofs (we recommend them for mum and dad too!).
1. Jump into (muddy) puddles
We may be biased but true to our name, Muddy Puddles, we think jumping in puddles is the single best rainy day activity for children! Head outside armed with super waterproof outerwear head-to-toe and tall wellies and set out on a quest to find the biggest puddles to jump into! Send us your snaps to get featured on our Instagram & Facebook!
2. Make a rain gauge
Gather your little scientists and help them make a rain gauge so they can observe how much rain falls where you are. Take an empty jar or a plastic bottle (you’ll have to cut the top off) and using a tape or a ruler, measure and mark in cm from the bottom upwards. Then ask your children to check the gauge every day and record rainfall patterns; they will learn about seasonal changes.
3. Dance in the rain
From all the fun rainy day activities for kids, sometimes the simplest ones are the ones children enjoy the most. Dancing in the rain doesn’t require anything, all you need is your children and some rain (which we don’t seem to be short of, here in the UK). Let your children enjoy the rain and allow them to run around, dance and get some outdoor exercise! You can even bring along colourful umbrellas, so children can sing and dance under them, just like Gene Kelly in the famous movie!
4. Make mud pies
Mud pie making is the ultimate messy play fun for children! They’ll love the fact that they can get mucky and muddy while working on their culinary creations. As long as their clothes are protected with machine-washable waterproof layers, they don’t need to worry about the mess! Use rain water to mix the ‘dough’ for the mud pies and gather nature items to decorate your muddy cakes and bakes. Invite friends to join in and organise your own bake-off!
5. Camp out in the wild
For this super rainy day activity, you don’t have to go far; the ‘wild’ can be your own back garden! Grab a tent, a mat, a few cushions and blankets and head outside with some great board games and a few books. Take in the smell of freshly fallen rain and the sound of raindrops on the top of the tent and enjoy a family digital detox, playing old-fashioned games and reading stories.
6. Paint using raindrops
Make beautiful art using nature’s help! Gather your little artists and get your supplies out. You’ll need watercolour paint, thick paper and brushes. Ask your children to create their paintings using plenty of watercolour paint. They can paint anything they like! Once they are done, help them take their pieces outside in the rain and watch how the raindrops transform their work.
7. Catch raindrops on your tongue
Catching raindrops is a super easy one of our round-up of fun rainy day activities for kids. Head outside and give your little one a great exercise by asking them to catch raindrops on their tongue, hands, nose, fingertips etc. They won’t even notice but they’ll be getting some healthy movement outside while developing their balance and coordination!
8. Build a dam
Build a dam like a beaver while teaching your little learners about water and the incredible power it possesses. First, you’ll need to build a stream using digging tools. Explain them how the water follows the stream and then show your children what happens if you block the water’s way with rocks, pebbles and sticks.
9. Go on a rainy day walk
A little bit of rain doesn’t mean you’ll have to stay indoors! Brave the weather, dress your gang in rain-ready children’s wellies with warm, waterproof jackets on and you can head out for a lovely rainy day family walk.
10. Learn about clouds
When you’re outdoors enjoying one of these super rainy day activities with your children, take the opportunity to observe rain clouds with them. You can use this clouds guide by the Met Office to (secretly) learn all the names in advance so you can impress them by teaching them all about the difference between cumulus, altocumulus and cirrocumulus!
We hope you enjoyed our fun rainy day activities for kids. Let us know which activity you will share with your children!