Aren’t rainy days with toddlers just the most fun ever? Well, maybe one rainy day! But a succession of cold, wet days can play havoc with your temper and your toddler’s! Which is why this week, we’ve got a round up of 11 great rainy day activities for toddlers.
None of these activities require much in the way of creativity on your behalf, but I can guarantee they’ll keep your little ones entertained when it’s just too mucky to go out!
This Colour Hunt is so super easy. Just get some coloured sheets of paper, and ask your toddler to collect objects that are the same colour. For slightly older children, you could time them and see how many objects they can collect.
The Photo Scavenger Hunt can be done inside or out, and toddlers can do this one with your phone or perhaps with an iPad. It’s really easy, too. You run around and take photos of shapes you find around the house or garden. Then you hand over the phone to your toddler, and they have to find and photograph the same shapes.
I’m not super keen on the bought playdough, but kids love it. So why not make your own? Homemade Ginger has an easy Perfect Playdough recipe that uses jelly crystals to make it smell great. And possibly taste great, too!
I have such vivid memories of making indoor forts (or cubbies as we used to call them) with my younger brothers. We’d play for hours, sometimes days, in our hideaways. And it couldn’t be easier. All you need to do is rearrange some sheets and cushions!
Balloon tennis. Enough said! My kids love indoor balloon games – balloon soccer, balloon tennis, balloon baseball. Really, if you’ve got balloons, you’ve got toddler entertainment sorted.
Pasta necklaces are another easy peasy rainy day toddler activity classic. Colour the pasta tubes, then thread on to string. And you can make it even more educational by making patterns for your toddler to follow, or learning the colours, and counting.
I’ve done potato shape stamping with my kids, but I never thought of Apple Star Stamping. It’s even easier, as all you have to do is cut the apple in half, dip it in paint, and away you go!
Jelly Sensory Play does require a bit more organisation than most of the activities I’ve included, but not a lot! You’ll need gelatine and you’ll need to prep it the day before. But it’s such a cool idea that I had to include it!
Bring out your kids’ inner engineer with this simple and cheap idea for Newspaper Play Structures. Older children can build this themselves, while parents may be required for younger children.
This Blow Fish Toy activity is another really easy, yet really fun toddler activity. Just cut out the fish shape and run it along some string. Then your toddler blows through a straw to make it move.
I really, really wish I’d thought of this Indoor Race Track for my car crazy youngest son. He would have adored this. All you need is masking tape and a steady hand for hours of car racing fun.
What are your favourite indoor activities for little ones? Share your ideas below!