10 Rainy Day Activities to Keep the Kids Busy

Rainy Day Activities

When it’s pouring rain outside, all of your outdoor plans and activities suddenly screech to a grinding halt. Whether it’s too cold or too wet to go outside, you’ll soon be hearing cries of, “Mom, I’m bored!” and endless requests for electronics. Before the rainy day dissolves into hours on end of screen time, it’s a good idea to have a few “rainy day” activities in your back pocket to pull out and keep the kiddos busy. If you’re looking for some exciting new ideas, you’ve come to the right place.

How to Choose Rainy Day Activities

Coming up with indoor activities when the weather is bad doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, some of the best ideas are simple and easy. One classic kid favorite is making science experiments. This could be something as simple as making a volcano out of baking soda and vinegar or mixing a few ingredients together and watching as they form slime. Not only are they fun, but they’re also educational as well. Or, break out some art supplies and get crafting. Kids love to create and it’s good for them, helping to build both their imagination and creativity.

Another way to continue the fun when you’re cooped up inside is to serve up a delicious snack after the little ones wear themselves out with a fun activity. Try our Cookies & Swizzle Berries® Platter. It’s full of the most delicious cookies we offer, including our exclusive Pineapple Chocolate Chip and White Chocolate Strawberry, and topped with chocolate dipped strawberries covered in white Swizzle®. Yum!

Top 10 Rainy Day Activities

Here are ten amazing activities that will keep your little ones occupied on a rainy day:

1. DIY Kinetic Sand

DIY Kinetic Sand

Playing with kinetic sand is practically no mess, easy for you to clean up, and tons of fun. Plus, it’s super easy to make at home with just three ingredients: clear glue, liquid starch, and ultra fine sand.

2. Jello Edible Slime

Jello Edible Slime

Playing with slime is so much fun, but what if you have little kids who put everything in their mouths? Typical slime is made with things like borax, contact lens solution, and glue, which isn’t something you want them to ingest. This recipe, made with cornstarch and Jello, is edible and completely safe.

3. Glow in the Dark Bowling

Glow in the Dark Bowling

Turn off the lights and get ready for a fun time with this DIY glow in the dark bowling game. To make the glowing pins, just place one or two glow sticks into tall, empty water bottles. The glowing bowling ball is a hamster ball (or just a regular ball) with glow sticks inside.

4. DIY Spin Art Spinners

DIY Spin Art Spinners

You can make spin art at home! All you need is a CD, a marker cap, and a marble to make a “top” and plenty of paint to pour on top of the CD. Then spin the top and watch as the magic happens.

5. Magazine Bead Bracelets

Magazine Bracelets

Make the coolest jewelry around with this exciting DIY craft project. You’ll just need strips cut out of colorful magazine pages. Put a line of glue down the strips, wrap them around a straw, and allow to dry to create one-of-a-kind beads.

6. Character Time Capsule

Character Time Capsule

This activity encourages your kids to think deeply about their favorite literary character. They’ll have to come up with a list of their likes and interests and then create a box of memorabilia that represents that character.

7. Rainbow Walking Water Science Experiment

Rainbow Walking Water Science Experiment

For this fun activity, you’ll only need a few supplies you probably have lying around the house, including plastic cups, paper towels, and food dye. Your kids will observe the water crossing over from one cup to the other and changing color in the process.

8. Melted Crayon Rock Art

Melted Crayon Rock Art

It’s easier than you think to make beautiful rock gifts by melting crayons on rocks. Just heat up rocks in the oven and draw on the hot rocks with the tip of a crayon. The crayons melt into beautiful shapes and designs.

9. Milk Art

Milk Art

In this quick and easy activity, you’ll add whole milk to a pan, then food coloring, and finally dish soap. As you add the soap, the colors begin to swirl together and create a beautiful tie dyed pattern.

10. Effects on Plant Growth

Effecting Plant Growth

The basic premise of this science experiment is to discover how various liquids, including tap water, carbonated water, salt water, and more, affect plant growth. You’ll need six plants that are all the same kind and the same size, and a way to record the growth of each plant as you water them over the next several days.

These rainy day activities will help you keep the kiddos busy even when the weather doesn’t allow for outdoor play. When you’re done with your fun activities, continue the fun with a delicious treat for your little one, such as our Rainbow Berries Box. It’s packed with chocolate dipped strawberries covered in brightly-colored Swizzle®.