100 Screen-Free Things to Do on a Rainy Day
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If it's the school holidays, a Bank Holiday or just the weekend, it always seems like there is a pretty good chance it will rain!
If you are scratching your head for an idea of what to do and need some great ideas of things to do when it is raining, here are 100 ideas for things to do without resorting to putting on the TV or computer.
- Put on a Play
- Try to take a Pet Portrait - trying to get a picture of the Cat or Dog could take hours!
- Build a pillow den.
- Have Dressing Up session.
- Make an indoor obstacle course.
- Pretend that you are a spy and write secret messages.
- Make music with whatever instruments you have; grab a tambourine and shake it along to your favourite song if that is all you have!
- Make a Puppet Show.
- Find a big cardboard box. Your children will know what to do.
- Read a Book
- Crank the radio up and dance, dance, dance!
- Play Simon Says.
- Play Hunt the Thimble - or hunt any item small enough to be hidden fairly successfully.
- Do a Jigsaw
- Play The Name Game
- Read a book aloud.
- Play Charades.
- Start writing a diary.
- Have a room tidying contest to see who can tidy their room the fastest. Yes, they may fall for this one, but only once, so save it for an emergency!
- Make Sock Puppets
- Do a Wordsearch
- Play Hide and Seek
- Plant a Cress-Head in an eggshell.
- Make a tornado in a jar.
- Build a LEGO Egg Decorating machine. This is awesome.
- Make Saving Foam Mountains
- Make your own Indoor Volcano
- Find out just How Strong is Spaghetti.
- Discover how plants absorb water with this cool Celery Stick Experiment.
- Make a Paper Bridge
- Make your own Lava Lamp. So Retro!
- Do these experiments to find out which side of your body is dominant.
In the Kitchen
- Have a Posh Tea Party. Get out the best china (depending on your kids age) and enjoy the finer things in life. Crustless sandwiches? Earl Grey Tea? The choice is yours.
- Make some Slime
- Bake a Cake.
- Have an Indoor Picnic
- Let the kids play with their food as they make Edible Finger Paint.
- Make popcorn.
- Make something in 3D with Salt Dough Modelling
- Make no-bake refrigerator biscuits.
- Try these Wheels on the Bus cookery ideas.
- Decorate biscuits.
- Make Ooblek
- Make your own playdough
- Make crayon muffins from old broken crayons.
Crafty Ideas for Rainy Days
- Try a Tie Dye
- Make a Pinata
- Make your own Carnival Mask
- Write your own newspaper or magazine.
- Make a Friendship Bracelet
- Make boats out of old margarine tubs - add a lolly stick mast and paper sails.
- Make a firebreathing dragon from a toilet roll.
- Make a pasta necklace.
- Try some origami.
- Teach your children to knit
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- Paint a Picture
- Try making some Coin Rubbings.
- Draw a really big picture - use a roll of cheap lining paper from a DIY shop and make a freize.
- Have a go at Toy Car Painting
- Make a card for a friend with a birthday coming up soon.
- Make a Falling back in Space Portrait.
- Make Bubble Prints
- Have a go at Pebble Painting
- Have a really good colouring session. Colouring Pictures
- Make a Leaf Collage
Craft Ideas with Recycled Materials
- Make your own bangles from a plastic bottle.
- Make a wind turbine from a coffee can for when the rain stops.
- For older kids - Make a Duct Tape Wallet. This does require some use of a craft knife, so must be supervised.
- Make a Tree out of newspaper or cardboard.
- Build your own Dinosaur Island from Papier Mache.
- Make your own Soup Can Bowling Set
- Make and wear a Newspaper Hat.
- Make these fab Decorative Storage Containers from Cans
- Make a Toy Parachute
- Make Egg Carton Turtles
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- Play paper and pencil games - Noughts and crosses, Heads bodies and legs, hangman or battleships.
- Have a Board Games afternoon.
- Learn to do some magic tricks.
- Teach the kids a new card game.
- Create an indoor Treasure Hunt
- Play "I Went Shopping and I Bought....." How long can you rememebr the list of items?
- Find every piece of LEGO in the house and build a massive building. (Bonus - the kids will have tidied up all their LEGO!)
- Make a pretend shop.
- Have a Letter Sounds Scavenger Hunt
- Blow Bubbles.
- Invite all your toys to a pretend party.
- Play I-Spy.
- Make a LEGO Fidget Spinner
Great Places to Visit on a Rainy Day
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- Visit an Art Gallery
- Go Bowling
- See What's On at the Cinema
- Go Roller Skating
- Visit a Museum
- Go to an Indoor Trampolining Centre
- Go to a Hands on Science Centre. We love The Look Out Discovery Centre in Bracknell, look out for your local one.
- Try out Ice Skating
- Go to the Theatre
- Go to the Library - it's not just for books remember, there may be special events during school holidays.
- Visit your local Indoor Soft Play Centre
- Go Swimming
So there you are, 100 things to do on a rainy day. I hope that has given you lots of ideas for next time it rains!
About the Author: Jacqui O'Brien started eParenting in 2004. At the time her kids were 1 and 4 and kept her nice and busy. Now they are teenagers and still keeping her pretty busy!
Here she shares things that she has learnt along the way about looking after kids.