Rain, rain, go away because I have a toddler who does not want to stay inside! We experienced some mighty big raindrops here in Houston this past week. And while I could snuggle up with a good book and listen to the rain for hours, my toddler is not so inclined. He really had a lot of pent up energy by the time we moved onto Day 2 of the thunderstorms so I had to get creative.
Here are 25 rainy day activities for a toddler.
- Build a fort out of pillows, blankets, chairs, couch cushions, and anything else you can get your hands on.
- Bake a delicious treat like these Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookies for Two from Budget Bytes.
- Put on a puppet show. (No need to get fancy here. Good old-fashioned socks will do because kids have the greatest imagination!)
- Pretend you're in a library. "Check out" some of the books you own already and read them with your child.
- Get creative with Play Dough. (If you don't already own some, TinkerLab has a great homemade recipe.)
- PILLOW FIGHT!
- Use Jenga or any other wooden blocks to build a mini town. (My son could play with these for hours.)
- Blow bubbles.
- Have a dance party.
- Play dress up and throw a tea party.
- Create a homemade masterpiece with some kid-friendly paint. (Don't forget to put down an old sheet to protect from spills!)
- Cook a delicious meal together.
- Dress up in your raincoats and rain boots and go splash in the puddles!
- Blow up balloons and toss them around the house.
- Relax with a children's movie and some hot chocolate.
- Play Simon Says.
- Do push-ups, jumping jacks, sit-ups, and any other exercises that can be done in a small space. (My son can't really do a push-up but he certainly loved trying. And it got the wiggles out!)
- Build a car or spaceship with an old cardboard box.
- Play dress up and have a fashion show.
- Create homemade cards for relatives or friends that may be lonely or live far away.
- Play a board game, such as Candy Land. (Your child may be too young to follow the game perfectly but it's all about making sure they just have fun.)
- Go "swimming" by putting on swim suits and letting them play with their favorite water toys in the bathtub.
- Play "Secret Agent" and go on a mission. Hide an object under a piece of furniture and use flashlights to help your toddler search for it.
- Play Grocery Store. Use small cans or boxes from your pantry if you don't own plastic groceries.
- Play I Spy.
How do you keep your child busy on a rainy day?