100 Screen-Free Things to Do on a Rainy Day

100 Screen Free Things to Do on a Rainy Day

Image Credit: Joshua K. Jackson

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.

  1. Put on a Play
  2. Try to take a Pet Portrait - trying to get a picture of the Cat or Dog could take hours!
  3. Build a pillow den.
  4. Have Dressing Up session.
  5. Make an indoor obstacle course.
  6. Pretend that you are a spy and write secret messages.
  7. Make music with whatever instruments you have; grab a tambourine and shake it along to your favourite song if that is all you have!
  8. Make a Puppet Show.
  9. A Cardboard Box. The untimate plaything.

  10. Find a big cardboard box. Your children will know what to do.
  11. Read a Book
  12. Crank the radio up and dance, dance, dance!
  13. Play Simon Says.
  14. Play Hunt the Thimble - or hunt any item small enough to be hidden fairly successfully.
  15. Do a Jigsaw
  16. Play The Name Game
  17. Read a book aloud.
  18. Play Charades.
  19. Start writing a diary.
  20. 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!
  21. Make Sock Puppets
  22. Do a Wordsearch
  23. Play Hide and Seek
  24. Science Fun

    Science Fun for a Rainy Day

  25. Plant a Cress-Head in an eggshell.
  26. Make a tornado in a jar.
  27. Build a LEGO Egg Decorating machine. This is awesome.
  28. Make Saving Foam Mountains
  29. Make your own Indoor Volcano
  30. Find out just How Strong is Spaghetti.
  31. Discover how plants absorb water with this cool Celery Stick Experiment.
  32. Make a Paper Bridge
  33. Make your own Lava Lamp. So Retro!
  34. Do these experiments to find out which side of your body is dominant.
  35. In the Kitchen

    Rainy Day Ideas for in the Kitchen

  36. 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.
  37. Make some Slime
  38. Bake a Cake.
  39. Have an Indoor Picnic
  40. Let the kids play with their food as they make Edible Finger Paint.
  41. Make popcorn.
  42. Make something in 3D with Salt Dough Modelling
  43. Make no-bake refrigerator biscuits.
  44. Try these Wheels on the Bus cookery ideas.
  45. Decorate biscuits.
  46. Make Ooblek
  47. Make your own playdough
  48. Make crayon muffins from old broken crayons.
  49. Crafty Ideas for Rainy Days

    Craft Ideas for a Rainy Day

  50. Try a Tie Dye
  51. Make a Pinata
  52. Make your own Carnival Mask
  53. Write your own newspaper or magazine.
  54. Make a Friendship Bracelet
  55. Make boats out of old margarine tubs - add a lolly stick mast and paper sails.
  56. Make a firebreathing dragon from a toilet roll.
  57. Make a pasta necklace.
  58. Try some origami.
  59. Teach your children to knit
  60. Get Arty

    Arty Ideas fro a Rainy Day

    Image Credit: Tim Arterbury

  61. Paint a Picture
  62. Try making some Coin Rubbings.
  63. Draw a really big picture - use a roll of cheap lining paper from a DIY shop and make a freize.
  64. Have a go at Toy Car Painting
  65. Make a card for a friend with a birthday coming up soon.
  66. Make a Falling back in Space Portrait.
  67. Make Bubble Prints
  68. Have a go at Pebble Painting
  69. Have a really good colouring session. Colouring Pictures
  70. Make a Leaf Collage
  71. Craft Ideas with Recycled Materials

    Crafts using recycled materials

  72. Make your own bangles from a plastic bottle.
  73. Make a wind turbine from a coffee can for when the rain stops.
  74. For older kids - Make a Duct Tape Wallet. This does require some use of a craft knife, so must be supervised.
  75. Make a Tree out of newspaper or cardboard.
  76. Build your own Dinosaur Island from Papier Mache.
  77. Make your own Soup Can Bowling Set
  78. Make and wear a Newspaper Hat.
  79. Make these fab Decorative Storage Containers from Cans
  80. Make a Toy Parachute
  81. Make Egg Carton Turtles
  82. Playtime!

    A child playing with toys

    Image Credit: Markus Spiske

  83. Play paper and pencil games - Noughts and crosses, Heads bodies and legs, hangman or battleships.
  84. Have a Board Games afternoon.
  85. Learn to do some magic tricks.
  86. Teach the kids a new card game.
  87. Create an indoor Treasure Hunt
  88. Play "I Went Shopping and I Bought....." How long can you rememebr the list of items?
  89. Find every piece of LEGO in the house and build a massive building. (Bonus - the kids will have tidied up all their LEGO!)
  90. Make a pretend shop.
  91. Have a Letter Sounds Scavenger Hunt
  92. Blow Bubbles.
  93. Invite all your toys to a pretend party.
  94. Play I-Spy.
  95. Make a LEGO Fidget Spinner
  96. Great Places to Visit on a Rainy Day

    Child in Wellies - Going out in the rain

    Image Credit: Daiga Ellaby

  97. Visit an Art Gallery
  98. Go Bowling
  99. See What's On at the Cinema
  100. Go Roller Skating
  101. Visit a Museum
  102. Go to an Indoor Trampolining Centre
  103. Go to a Hands on Science Centre. We love The Look Out Discovery Centre in Bracknell, look out for your local one.
  104. Try out Ice Skating
  105. Go to the Theatre
  106. Go to the Library - it's not just for books remember, there may be special events during school holidays.
  107. Visit your local Indoor Soft Play Centre
  108. 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!

100 Screen-Free Things to Do on a Rainy Day




About eParenting: eParenting was started by Jacqui O'Brien 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!






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