40 Rainy Day Ideas
Rainy days when your kids are little are going to be the days that you will miss most when they grow older. Days where you could just stay home and enjoy the sweet sound of rain and snuggle without purpose on the couch reading books and watching movies.
Here are forty ideas to make the most of rainy days in Brisbane, at home and out and about.
1 Your library has a mountain of kids activities- and they have books!- time for good old fashioned reading.
2 Head to a local Indoor Playcentre – make sure you take socks.
3 Check out some toddler games on the computer.
4 Head to GOMA (The Gallery of Modern Art)- It’s Free.
5 Museum Visit Visit the QLD Museum- It’s free.
6 Go to the State Library- heaps of kids fun to be had in the Corner.
7 Rent a movie, get some popcorn and make a day of it.
8 Do some collage- Trawl out your old magazines- look for colour themes.
9 Teach your toddler to play Snap or older kids to play Go Fish.
10 Sort through your toy boxes- the kids will play and you can declutter.
11 Toddlers will love Jigsaw time.
12 Make an indoor obstacle course.
13 Build an indoor fort in the lounge room or under the kitchen table.
14 Bake some cupcakes with the kids.
15 Have a lunch picnic on the floor- spread out a blanket for authenticity.
16 Make paper aeroplanes.
17 Playdough Make some playdough- (recipe- Salt 1 1/2 cups/Flour 3 cups/ water 3 cups/cream of tartar 1tb/vege oil tbs/food colour a couple of drops- cook on a medium heat stirring until it all comes together and becomes difficult to move- take off the heat, then knead the pastry 3-4 times- store in air tight container.
18 Have a scavenger hunt in the house, set up some clues, let them lead to a lolly reward.
19 Get some balloons blow them up- kids will make their own fun.
20 Make puppets from old gloves or socks and hold a fun drama performance.
21 Hopscotch if you have concrete- otherwise maybe some indoor hopscotch with washi tape
22 Embrace the rain- jump- play and run in it.
23 Go for a walk under an umbrella.
24 Read books..lots and lots of books.
25 Make slime goop- cornstarch + water + food colouring- watch it go solid when u leave it alone, and melt again by the heat of your hands- Magic.
26 Set up a shop front- a bit of pantry stuff and some coins.
27 Make pikelets.
28 Watch Mister Maker on ABC – and do some of their Arts and Craft.
29 Decorate your child’s room – maybe with some removable stickers.
30 Have a concert – any item can be used for a concert i.e. doing skits/plays, dancing, singing, magic shows, showing off a special talent, telling jokes etc. The kids can practice their talent and could even make tickets and programmes.
31 Become storytellers by making up your own stories – they could even be spooky stories for a rainy, gloomy day! You could even record a child’s storytelling on tape so it can be played back to them another day.
32 Put on music (old records would be good) and dance in many different ways i.e. disco, tribal, crazy contemporary! – Or choose one song and choreograph a dance.
34 Create your own indoor garden by making plants/flowers out of different materials and plant them in ice cream containers filled with dirt or sand or rocks.
35 Make robots/monsters/box people out of old boxes or suitable throw-away items and paint them.
36 Make paper mache masks or creatures using balloons, newspaper/scrap paper, flour and water – paint when dry.
37 Write a letter to Grandma, Grandad or any beloved relative or friend and post it to them
38 As it gets closer to Christmas – make your own decorations or even X-mas wrapping paper – this can also be used at Easter, Halloween etc.
39 Decorate blown eggs – blowing the white and yolk out of an egg can take a long time for a child!! This will keep them occupied for a while!
40 Make instruments out of household objects and JAM – this could be an item to do in your concert!! (Rubberbands are great for guitar strings stretched over different objects to create different sounds, different levels of water in glass containers make great notes, rice or grains in containers for shakers – use your imagination and anything can be an instrument!
41 Make boats out of alfoil and race them down the flowing gutters on the street – or on the way to the street, find a great boat-shaped leaf and race it against the alfoil boat!
42 Put different sized containers out in the rain and have the kids try and think about which one will fill first- prizes for the winner.. and everybody.
43 Make mudpies and sell them in a shop- fill disposable containers with mud, decorate them with leaves, flowers and nuts and then sell them in an outdoor shop.
44 Go indoor bowling – Brisbane has several locations!