With the seasons changing and sunny days becoming few and far between, we’ve put together ten ideas for activities to stop the kids (and you) from climbing the walls when it’s too rainy to get out into the great outdoors. Best of all, these indoor activity ideas for children are entirely screen-free.
A rainy day is a perfect excuse to get reading. Choose your favourite books (parents too!), snuggle up on the sofa or, even better, build a reading fort out of blankets and cushions. If your little ones have excess energy, use your imaginations and reenact some of the scenes from your favourite stories together.
Get more tips on how to get kids excited about reading here.
Tune in to an audiobook
Audiobooks aren’t just for car journeys and bedtime. With imaginative sound effects and immersive storytelling from creative narrators, an audiobook is a fantastic way to keep kids of all ages entertained on a rainy day.
See our selection of the best audiobooks for kids (which are all available online) here.
Stick it to the rain
Sticker and activity books are a surefire way to keep even the busiest of little hands occupied on a rainy day, and here are just a few of our favourites for toddlers and children of all ages.
Take a trip to the library
Hide from the downpours at your local library. You’ll find hundreds of children’s books, audiobooks to borrow and free activities for kids, from reading challenges to storytime.
Find your local library in England and Wales here, or in Scotland here.
Stuck for indoor activities to keep the kids occupied on a dreary day? These printable colouring sheets, puzzles and word games all feature characters from much-loved children’s books and will keep kids entertained for a few hours at least.
Get more ideas for downloadable activity sheets for kids here
Capture memories in a scrapbook
Bring blue skies and the summer holiday feeling back with a rainy day craft project for kids. Print photos from a family trip or a day out to make a holiday scrapbook. Younger children will have fun cutting and sticking photos, tickets and other souvenirs and decorating the pages with drawings, while older kids can annotate the pictures and write their memories on the blank pages.
Turn trash into treasure
Spend your rainy day making something out of nothing by getting crafty with your recycling pile. A shoebox can be turned into a house for a favourite toy, a kitchen roll tube and some rice become a rainmaker, and with a few adornments a pair of old socks transforms into hand puppets.
Cook up a storm
Get everyone involved in the kitchen with this recipe for Gruffalo Crumble. Inspired by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s best-loved story, Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes is full of recipes that children can help make. Not only will this activity keep the kids occupied for an hour or two, but you can then feast on the results as a family.
Make your own Gruffalo Crumble.
Challenge the kids (and yourself!)
Board games and jigsaw puzzles are perfect rainy day indoor activities. Set up a games station in your living room for a screen-free afternoon that will provide entertainment for everyone.
If all else fails (and it’s not too chilly), pop on your wellies, grab an umbrella and head out to splash in the puddles. The Gruffalo Autumn and Winter Nature Trail is full of fun activities to enjoy as a family. You can all warm up afterwards with storytime and a hot chocolate.
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