25 Rainy Day Activities for a Toddler

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.

  1. Build a fort out of pillows, blankets, chairs, couch cushions, and anything else you can get your hands on.
  2. Bake a delicious treat like these Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookies for Two from Budget Bytes. 
  3. Put on a puppet show. (No need to get fancy here. Good old-fashioned socks will do because kids have the greatest imagination!)
  4. Pretend you're in a library. "Check out" some of the books you own already and read them with your child.
  5. Get creative with Play Dough. (If you don't already own some, TinkerLab has a great homemade recipe.)
  7. Use Jenga or any other wooden blocks to build a mini town. (My son could play with these for hours.)
  8. Blow bubbles.
  9. Have a dance party.
  10. Play dress up and throw a tea party.
  11. Create a homemade masterpiece with some kid-friendly paint. (Don't forget to put down an old sheet to protect from spills!)
  12. Cook a delicious meal together.
  13. Dress up in your raincoats and rain boots and go splash in the puddles!
  14. Blow up balloons and toss them around the house.
  15. Relax with a children's movie and some hot chocolate.
  16. Play Simon Says.
  17. 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!)
  18. Build a car or spaceship with an old cardboard box.
  19. Play dress up and have a fashion show.
  20. Create homemade cards for relatives or friends that may be lonely or live far away.
  21. 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.)
  22. Go "swimming" by putting on swim suits and letting them play with their favorite water toys in the bathtub.
  23. 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.
  24. Play Grocery Store. Use small cans or boxes from your pantry if you don't own plastic groceries.
  25. Play I Spy.

How do you keep your child busy on a rainy day?