70 Fun Indoor Activities for Kids to Do on a Rainy Day

These sixty-five indoor rainy day activities for kids provide hours of independent play ideas.

kids tracing and drawing shapes - one of the many rainy day activities for kids

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Just yesterday the sun was shining and the kids were fully occupied –running around the backyard, climbing trees, splashing through sprinklers, and drawing with chalk.

But today the clouds moved in and there’s nothing but solid rain predicted all day long.

So now what?

It’s easy to keep most kids entertained outside with so many things to do, see and explore. But inside can be a different story with cramped quarters and little space to move.

Not to fear…the sixty-five indoor activities for kids listed below are the perfect remedy to a snowy or rainy day. They generally use common materials found in most family homes and kids ages 6+ should be able to do the majority of these activities independently with little or no help from you.

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65 Indoor Activities Kids Can Do Independently on Rainy Days

Click on the links below to see suggestions, resources, and ideas for each activity.

  1. Create an indoor obstacle course
  2. Plan an indoor scavenger hunt
  3. Write letters to family or friends
  4. Design cards for your friends
  5. Make your own play dough
  6. Make play dough sculptures
  7. Make slime
  8. Make a necklace out of beads or pasta
  9. Write in a journal
  10. Choreograph a dance
  11. Plan and perform a play
  12. Play a card game
  13. Play a board game
  14. Have paper airplane races
  15. Make shadow puppets
  16. Line up dominos and watch them fall
  17. Play with shaving cream and food coloring
  18. Create a sculpture from recycled materials
  19. Play string games (Cats in the Cradle)
  20. Build a fort with couch cushions, blankets, and pillows
  21. Create a design with popsicle sticks and glue
  22. Bake a snack
  23. Make ice cream
  24. Make popsicles
  25. Cook a meal
  26. Leave friendly notes or gifts in neighbor’s mailboxes
  27. Do a blind taste test of different foods or drinks
  28. Solve a crossword puzzle
  29. Make an eruption with baking soda and vinegar
  30. Create and bury a time capsule
  31. Paint rocks
  32. Put a puzzle together
  33. Play 20 questions
  34. Create something from a large box
  35. Design your own cardboard toys
  36. Design your own board game and play it
  37. Create a book nook with cardboard boxes
  38. Have an indoor treasure hunt
  39. Make paper airplanes
  40. Create your own bowling alley
  41. Build with blocks
  42. Create an art gallery featuring your artwork
  43. Read a book 
  44. Read a magazine
  45. Create a secret code
  46. Play with Legos
  47. Make a collage
  48. Sew something with fabric
  49. Create a giant paper airplane
  50. Play dress up
  51. Do a random act of kindness to a family member
  52. Turn on music and have a dance party
  53. Stack cups and knock them down
  54. Play family
  55. Tell or write a story 
  56. Make sock puppets
  57. Write a poem
  58. Take photos 
  59. Record a video
  60. Play farm
  61. Paint with sponges
  62. Build a structure with playing cards
  63. Use craft supplies to create animals
  64. Draw a picture of a person
  65. Cut out paper snowflakes
  66. Play school
  67. Put on a puppet show
  68. Play zoo
  69. Make something with pipe cleaners
  70. Make bookmarks

Tired of hearing your kids say “There’s nothing to do!”? These printable 101+ Boredom Buster Cards can help. Each card contains a suggested activity kids ages 6+ can do with little or no guidance from you. And they use materials found in most family homes. Click here to learn more and get your own.

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About Kerry Flatley

Hi! I’m Kerry, the mother of two girls and a certified parent educator. I believe it is possible for parents to have a supportive, loving, and warm relationship with their kids while raising them to be independent and ultimately self-sufficient. Over the years, I’ve read numerous books and articles that support this belief and I’ve put these ideas into practice with my own kids. Read more about me and Self-Sufficient Kids here.