Rainy Day Activities

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Rainy Day

So, one of the worst things around here is when our two very active boys cannot get outside. They would live outside if they could, especially James. I’m not going to lie, I love being outside too, so it makes me go a little stir crazy when I’m stuck inside all day.

Today is going to be one of those days where it is supposed to rain ALL. Day. Long. Not only that, but tonight is a night where Chad has to work late (past the boy’s bed time), so that means an already long, rainy day is that much longer.

Passing the Time

I hate those days where you look at the clock and it seems like time is creeping by so slowly. Sometimes, I have to find activities that make the time pass a little more quickly. Seeing as we will be stuck inside all day, I knew I was going to have to come up with some rainy day activities for us to do to make that clock tick a little faster. I know, I’m horrible for even saying that, as I should be “enjoying every second” because time goes by fast, but y’all, let’s be honest – sometimes as a toddler mom, you do wish time to go by a little lot quicker. That’s the reality, so let’s not sugarcoat it. Add a very grumpy, teething toddler into that mix, and I’m counting down til naptime too! Just give me all the Tylenol, people.

Rainy Day Activities

So here are some activities we have on the agenda today. Some we have done before, and some are new, and I’m most certain that a few, or all, will not go as planned and have a few tantrums along the way, but hey, that’s life as we know it.

  1. Oobleck – I loved making Oobleck with my students when I taught first grade. Dr. Seuss books are some of my favorites, and when you have a fun activity to go along with a book, that makes it all the better. Now, trying to read Bartholomew and the Oobleck to my one and two year old would be a nightmare in itself, as it’s long and their attention span is not, however, they loved playing with the Ooblck, and what a great sensory activity! For older ones, it is fun to talk about how it is both a solid and a liquid.The recipe is very easy – it’s a 2:1 ratio of cornstarch and water. Two parts cornstarch, one part water. I used 1 cup of cornstarch (that’s all I had on hand), and 1/2 cup of water, and that was plenty for my two boys to play with. Of course when I did it in the classroom, we added green food coloring to go along with the book, however, I let James pick what color he wanted, and he chose orange, so we played with orange Oobleck. A fun activity that took time off the clock!

  2. Let’s Go Fishing! – James has really been into fishing lately, which is kind of funny, as he’s never been fishing, and my husband doesn’t fish. I’m  not sure where he picked that up from, but regardless, we put these fun fishing poles in the boys Easter baskets this year, and they are loving them! They’re meant to be used in the bath tub, which we do every night, but today, I just plopped the boys in the empty bathtub in their jammies, and they went fishing!
  3. Painter’s Tape Highway – I. Love. Painter’s Tape. It is amazing, and I find so many ways to use it with the boys. I originally saw a picture on Pinterest that I piggy backed off of. I would link it, but the link no longer works. The picture showed painters tape going over the furniture and carpet like it was a road for the cars. We happen to have a large open space between our kitchen and den that was perfect for making a road with painter’s tape. So, I made a road, a garage for the trucks/cars, a helipad for the helicopter, and I put the boys play tunnel on the road for the cars to go through. The boys loved this activity! James even rode around on their Mickey car like he was driving on the road. Help us all when that kid can drive.

  4. Painting – Pretty simple, get out some paint and create a project. We use this paint, and it is a very easy cleanup. We do handprint/footprint art all the time because their little hands and feet are so cute I figure I might as well do as much as I can now for keepsakes down the road. Plus, they love to have the paint on them!
  5. No-Mess Painting – We have three great no-mess painting activities that James really loves. We have the Melissa and Doug On the Go Water Wow! Reveal Pads Set, Melisa and Doug Water Wow! Splash Cards Set, and the Crayola Magic Water Paint set. All of these are amazing and they only need the brush and water!
  6. Window Markers on Pyrex Dishes – We have these Window Markers, and the boys love them! Now, they aren’t quite responsible enough to take them and only draw on the windows, so I let them draw on a Pyrex dish. The clean up is pretty easy if you wash it off as soon as they’re finished. Then, just stick the dish in the dishwasher for additional cleaning.
  7. Tupperware – Y’all, my boys LOVE to play in my tupperware cabinet. When I’m cooking or need to get something accomplished, I let them pull it all out, and it keeps them busier than most any activity I can do with them. They stack and build and create and honestly, I think it’s a great hands-on, creative learning experience for them. Without prompting, James told me he was building a castle. I didn’t see it, but he did, and that’s all that matters! It allows them to use their imagination and their problem-solving skills. Win-win for mom and kids!

  8. Popcorn and Movie Party – Let’s not forget what a rainy day is best for – popcorn and a movie! I know, I know, this involves screen time. A little is ok, sometimes a lot is ok if you’re having one of those days, which around here, happens. If yours aren’t ready for popcorn, just substitute their favorite snack. Make a pallet on the floor and enjoy some quality time. Attention span around here isn’t very long, but I have found that my boys LOVE this movie, and this movie, so maybe yours will too!

What Rainy Day Activities Do You Do?

I hope y’all enjoy some of these activities on your rainy days! What activities do y’all do to pass the time when it rains?

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41 thoughts on “Rainy Day Activities

    1. Holly, it’s so hard being trapped inside with kids. It seems like they can go through a million activities in just minutes! Hopefully some of these things will help keep your boys entertained 🙂

  1. I can’t do some of those because I’m in a small apartment, but I am very interested in the Oobleck. It looks like something that my little man would have fun with! Thank you for the great ideas!

    1. Thanks for checking it out! I’ve always had so much fun making the Oobleck. The clean up isn’t too bad either which is always nice 🙂

    1. Thank you! I hope y’all enjoy it as much as we did 🙂 Easy cleanup which makes it all the better.

    1. Thank you, we had a blast 🙂 My 16 month old wasn’t quite into all of the activities yet, but it’s fun the older they get to enjoy more activities!

    1. Thank you so much, Belle! I hope y’all have as much fun as we did, and maybe they’ll make your rainy days a little bit easier 🙂

    1. Charissa, I love anything with art as well! I will have to try listening to an audio book while we do our next project – that’s a great idea!

    1. Yes, some days you just need to snuggle up, relax, and enjoy some quality time! Thank you 🙂

  2. Thanks for sharing your rainy day activities! We are a very active family as well with two young boys, so inside play is hard. One of the things that works really well for us is using really stiff cardboard to create a sliding board off our couch. The boys would play on that thing for hours! We also take all the cushions on the couch off and make a big wrestling area. That kind of play makes for great nap times later:) Just saying….

  3. We are a very active family as well with two young boys, so inside play is hard. One of the things that works really well for us is using really stiff cardboard to create a sliding board off our couch. The boys would play on that thing for hours! We also take all the cushions on the couch off and make a big wrestling area. That kind of play makes for great nap times later:) Just saying….Thanks for sharing your rainy day activities!

    1. Amelia, those are great ideas! We will have to try them on our next rainy day, or just when we need to make sure the boys go down easily for nap/bed! My boys love anything that allows them to rough house and be a little wild, as I’m sure you can relate 😉 Thanks for reading and sharing your ideas!

    1. Rainy days can be so hard. Hopefully some of these ideas will make them a little bit easier for you. Thanks for stopping by and reading 🙂

    1. Oh, I can’t even imagine having a long winter, as we didn’t have a winter at all, but I have a feeling our summer will be so hot that many afternoons will have to be spent inside. What a great idea! I’ll have to try that next time. Thanks for sharing, Amanda!

  4. Your fishing the bathroom pictures are so cute! Rainy days are rough but these are some great ideas. I have used the tape to create roads before and that has been a big hit.

    1. Thanks so much, Jessica! They definitely aren’t the easiest days, but if you can find ways to pass the time, it makes it a tad bit easier. My boys had a blast with the road! Thanks for stopping by and reading!

    1. Thank you! We use painters tape for so many different things! Cheap entertainment with an easy cleanup 🙂

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