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10 Activities to Take the Gloom Out of Rainy Days

Most of us are familiar with the nursery rhyme that begins “rain, rain, go away, come again another day”. I’ll be the first to admit that rainy days get me down, but it doesn’t have to be that way. I’m here to share both indoor and outdoor activities so that you and your children can make the most out of rainy days together.

Outdoor Activity Ideas:

  • Dance in the rain- this is a really simple, but fun way to spend a little time out in the rain. Play some music or sing a song together and dance the rain away.
  • Make mud pies- A rainy day is a perfect time to make mud pies with the earth being wet from the rain. Try adding flowers, rocks, sticks, leaves, and other natural items to decorate your mud pie.
  • Measure the rain- Set outside water collecting items such as bowls or measuring cups and see how much it rains or what type of container fills up first.
  • Look for rain-loving animals/bugs- Go on a nature walk and look for animals that come out while it’s raining, such as slugs, snails, frogs, and worms.
  • Make Nature Boats– Gather some leaves, sticks, and a hot glue gun to help your kids create their own boats to float down streams of water that come in the rain. They can even race their boats to see which one reaches the end of the stream first.

Indoor Activity Ideas:

  • Make a fort and read books together inside- Gather up some sheets, blankets, and pillows to make the perfect place to snuggle up and read a few books together. Here are a few ideas for building forts.
  • Make a new treat together- Find a new recipe for your child’s favorite dessert and make it together.
  • Do an indoor scavenger hunt- Search for items around the house. Here is a list to get you started.
  • Create an obstacle course- Come up with a list of activities and obstacles for your kids to work through. One idea is putting painter’s tape across the walls in the hallway that they have to maneuver through. Here is a list of other obstacle course ideas.
  • Make some homemade edible finger paints– This one is great for all ages!

These are just a few simple ideas to get you started. You could even choose one outdoor activity and then come inside to dry off and move to an indoor activity, the possibilities are endless. I hope this helps make rainy days fun and gives you a chance to make memories with your children!

If you are looking for more ideas, check out our Pinterest boards!

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