50 Fun rainy day activities for kids electricity invented

If you have a giant cardboard box, why not draw a town on the bottom of the box, with roads, tracks, bridges, parks, car-parks, etc. Add some wooden building blocks, cars,trains and some wooden/plastic animals. And let your kid’s imagination run wild. Older kids could help with decorating/creating the scene.

May sound like a chore to start, but as the kids start to find toys, they hadn’t seen for a while, they will get in on the fun! Only precaution is be prepared to finish the tidying on your own, as they go off to play with some “long-lost” toy!

All you need to make Paper Aeroplanes is paper and pens. First fold your paper aeroplane and then the kids can draw the pilots at the front and the passengers looking out of the windows. Then have a Paper Aeroplane race and see whose gets furthest.

Everyone loves to receive a personal letter/card in the post these days, as is such a rarity! This would be a special treat for Grandparents or even cousins. Use stamps, glitter, paints and create a card to send or give to their relatives. Good opportunity for older children to practice their handwriting too! 16. Colouring

Set up a family News Desk at the kitchen table! Decide on what stories are going to go in the magazine. Could be a profile of someone in the family, maybe an interview with a grandparent, will someone take photos or draw pictures. Maybe there could be a fun corner with a puzzle or a joke in it.

Decide on what story or item will go on what page, maybe write down on a mini magazine plan on a sheet of paper. Gather together the materials you’ll need to make up the magazine: paper, pens, photos, any other materials to decorate the magazine. Then have fun putting the magazine together!

Bake some cupcakes/buns – this lemon buns recipe is lovely, if you’re stuck for a recipe. You can make the icing, or melt some chocolate, to top the buns. Cover your table and give the kids the cooled buns to decorate – yummy! 18. Read-a-thon

On iTunes, Spotify, Audiolizer or we7 you can create your own playlists of your favourite songs. Why not pick 5 songs each that you all like, to add to your playlist, then put it on shuffle and have a Mini Disco in the house. Move back the furniture, and get moving – why not try best and worst dancer competitions, and get everyone to try the Can Can and limbo dancing ? 23. Hold an indoor Scavenger Hunt

Nearly everyone owns a digital camera or has camera function on their mobile phone. Make up a list of items, that can be found throughout the house. The children must find and photograph each item on the list! Why not try finding the items on our Scavenger Hunt!

Kids (and adults) love looking at old photos and hearing stories, so find those old photo albums and have a look at the past. A real winner in our house is to give each child their own photo album, and let them choose their own photos for it – a great entertainer on a rainy day! They can get creative with their own albums, decorating the covers and pages. 25. Make a collage

This is an ideal craft for an older kid – all you need is a drawing pad, and pencil. Explain how the book works, that you draw an image in the same corner of the book on each page, and that each image changes only slightly. Stickman are a good starting point, in different poses. Then you flip through the pages and watch their character “start to move” 27. Play dress-up

You can let the kids use their dress-up boxes, but more fun is to let them loose in your wardrobes. Ideally drag out some of your older clothes, that are not fashionable anymore, but that doesn’t mean your little one won’t love running around in them!

It’s a good idea to have an Art Supplies Box, that you keep for rainy days, filled with glitter, glue, pom-poms, stickers, pipe cleaners, and let them get creative. If they don’t know what to make/draw/paint give them a topic to get them started.

What child doesn’t love building a princess castle or a fortress indoors? Pick a room in the house that you don’t mind being rearranged for a few hours, and use sheets and blankets and lots of pegs to secure them as a roof between tables, sofas and chairs. Let them decorate, bring in their toys, books, and perhaps even enjoy a picnic lunch in their camp.

Jigsaws are a whole-family activity that can work well between differently-aged siblings. Set each member of the family up with a puzzle to suit their skill level, all helping each other finish, or create teams to work on large puzzle together.

Gather up some of your old sock, and some items for eyes, mouths, and noses, to make some sock puppets. If your kids can sew, they can add the decorating with needle and thread, but for younger kids use glue. You could create a puppet theatre in a cardboard box, and let the kids put on a puppet show for you – be sure to record it though. 38. Make Play Dough

If your child is tired of their boring white socks, why not have a tie dye day? You will need white clothing, bucket, water, various dyes, rubber bands, rubber gloves to protect your hands. How you fold and secure with rubber bands, helps determine the pattern that results.

Set up a little grocery/mini supermarket with tins and packets. If you have a play till set up a checkout table and they can take it in turns to be the checkout person or the shopper. The ironing board made a great checkout in my youth! Have some bags ready to put the purchases in.

Not all outdoor games can move inside, and swingball is best left outside, but can easily play skittles in the hall, or hold hula-hoop competitions. Can setup indoor hopscotch with masking tape and a beanbag as your “stone”. Here are Ingenious Ideas for Indoor Games for Kids.

Take a large jar/ cut the top off a large plastic water bottle and put outside in the rain. At regular intervals or when the rain has stopped, measure the height of the rain that day or hour and make a chart of the rainfall over time. 47. Life sized drawings on large sheets