Do you struggle to keep your little ones occupied on rainy days? If the answer is yes, then this is the place for you. Here is my list of toddler approved rainy day activities with a twist.
Let’s kick off with a classic rainy day activity.
Most kids love to paint but it can be difficult to keep them engaged for more than 10 minutes. Why not make fireworks pictures using toilet/kitchen roll tubes? Or collect some leaves and sticks between showers to paint?
You could also make use of kitchen utensils or any toys that could be easily cleaned to print shapes on paper.
This is a big favourite with ragamuffin right now. I fill the sink with water using baby bubble bath to make bubbles. Give your little ones spoons, jugs, colanders and sieves and let them explore. You could also make ice cubes using food colouring to change the colour of the water.
You will want to have a towel and a mop close to hand during this activity.
Colouring can become repetitive so mix it up by using coloured paper, tracing leaves or drawing around toys, hands and feet.
I’ve stocked up on coloured paper ready for the summer holidays for ragamuffin to experiment with different colour crayons and pencils on coloured paper. A work colleague said recently that she saves big boxes for her toddler to get inside and draw on the sides.
Cooking and baking with children has the added bonus that your kids are more likely to eat food that they have helped prepare. Cbeebies have some great recipes and tips aimed at parents cooking with young children. One of our favourite recipes is this fruity flapjack recipe. It’s fun and easy to make with lots of mixing and squashing involved and ragamuffin looks forward to eating it once ready.
This one is not only fun, but it burns energy too! You might find that your ragamuffins sleep better after they’ve had a good boogie around the living room. You can find lots of kid friendly playlists on youTube for your children to choose from.
Beware that you may find that your little cherubs may request a single song on repeat. We go through phases of having Bare Necessities from The Jungle Book or I Just Can’t Wait To Be King from the Lion King on repeat.
Another classic rainy day activity. A friend from work swears by this recipe for homemade play-doh. Use forks, potato mashers & other household objects to make shapes.
1 cup plain flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tbsp cream of tartar
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup water
1 tsp vanilla essence
Put all ingredients in a pan and stir.
Puddle Jumping (The Best of all Rainy Day Activities!)
Channel your inner Peppa once the rain has stopped and get your wellies and waterproofs and go make a splash. What child doesn’t love jumping in puddles?
I’d love to hear your go-to rainy day activities. Leave me a comment below or get in touch on social media. I’d love to see pictures of what your ragamuffins get up to on rainy day!