10 Fun Indoor Activities for Kids To Do On A Rainy Day (For All Ages)

10 Fun Indoor Activities for Kids To Do On A Rainy Day (For All Ages)

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Key points

  • Arrange Skittles in a circle, pour hot water; a captivating rainbow appears.
  • Conduct easy experiments with toothpicks, cocoa powder, and milk to explore hydrophobic properties.
  • Engage in educational Poppit Games, arranging letters or numbers, fostering learning on rainy days.
  • Create forts using furniture or kits, promoting creativity and imaginative play.
  • Enjoy making shadow puppets in a dark room with a torch, encouraging creativity and storytelling.
  • Grow a glowing rainbow with water, washable marker pens, and a paper towel.
  • Explore KiwiCo's educational subscription box for diverse, expert-tested projects for kids.
  • Bake with kids, making cakes or muffins for a sweet and enjoyable indoor activity.
  • Play balloon tennis using balloons and homemade rackets for a fun and entertaining game.
  • Set up a tape assault course with scotch wall-safe tape, challenging kids to navigate without touching.

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CREATE A SKITTLE RAINBOW

CREATE EASY EXPERIMENTS

PLAY POPPIT GAMES

MAKE A FORT

PLAY WITH SHADOW PUPPETS

 

 

If you’re already on this page, I thank you for your time to read through. In this article I’m going to share with you 10 Fun Indoor Activities you could do with your kids on a Rainy Day to entertain them when it has all gotten wet and cold outside (For All Ages). 


These are activities that have helped me carry through and not only on a Rainy Day but also whenever stuck indoors with my kids waiting for delivery or pick up from the house.

 

CREATE A SKITTLE RAINBOW

skittle rainbow

The first activity is Skittle Rainbow and this is simple to do, all you need to get started is some skittles, hot water and a curvy plate that can hold the water. So you pour the skittles in the middle of the plate and get the kids to arrange them in to a circle but there’s need to ensure the skittles are touchy (no gaps between them in a circle). Then boil some hot water in a kettle and pour in the center of the circle. It will start to glow and turn into that cool rainbow after a few seconds and the glowing continues to keep your kids attention on that for a while. Kids really love it so much to an extent that some could mouth some of the skittles. 

 

CREATE EASY EXPERIMENTS

kids experiment

The second activity is called Easy Experiment and all you need is a toothpick, cocoa powder and milk. So you want to fill up your cup with milk and then get your spoonful of cocoa powder and then put it in the milk until it is all wet on top and then get it out and get a kid to pick it with a toothpick and all the wet top of cocoa powder will suddenly become dry and you can do this again and again and it's so fascinating and you could whisper a little scientific fact behind it to your kids that cocoa powder has hydrophobic quality so water doesn’t pass through effectively that’s why is behaves like that.

 

PLAY POPPIT GAMES

poppit games

This is the third activity and it is so liked by the kids and very educational at the same time. You could get them kids arrange alphabetical letters or numbers in proper order and then ask them constructive educative questions like “show me where letter (E) is in the poppit game?” or “ Can you form this word (Kitten) or even a  number (Two hundred) in the poppit game?”. You can as well ask them to spell words for you or show you where old or even numbers are. Kids love it and it’s a great activity to see you through when stuck indoors with your children especially on rainy days. 

 

MAKE A FORT

make fort

The forth activity is such a classic and you could make this with furniture at home or buy a Fort  making kit on AMAZON. So this comes with all you need to make a really cool FORT  and kids love it very much to build houses, towers and so on and they put sheets on what they have built to turn it into a proper Fort. 

 

PLAY WITH SHADOW PUPPETS

kids playing with shadow puppets

The fifth activity is perfect for a dark and gleamy day and it’s Shadow Puppets. It sounds simple but kids genuinely  love this. Get a dark room and torch and you can create different shapes with your hands like a bird, dog or people chatting with one another and you can look up ONLINE for more information about how you can create the best Shadow Puppets in a dark room.

 

GROW A RAINBOW

kids making a rainbow

Next activity still under indoor activities you could do with your kids on a rainy day or so is to glow a rainbow. It’s such a cool one and all you need is two glasses of water, some colouring pens (Must be washable marker) and a paper towel. So first off get your paper towel folded in to half and cut one end because you don't want it to be too long because we need water to travel along. So get your kids to draw the rainbows at two opposite extreme ends of the paper towel and then dip the ends into two glasses of water at the same time and leave the experiment to settle for a few seconds. As the paper towel soaks up water from the glasses, it glows into a rainbow and the colors of the rainbow form in the middle of the paper towel as well and it looks so cool.

 

TAKE PART IN KIWICO ACTIVITIES

kiwico activities for kids

This seventh activity is very attractive to mostly the boys for the longest time and it's entertaining and educational as well. As long as they see KIWICO package, kids feel like getting started already and it could save you a whole lot on a rainy day and you could get them HERE and they have a subscription box available for kids of all ages and arrives on your door containing awesome objects and toys your kids could love the most having been tested by experts, teachers and kids day-care specialists and the instructions are very kid friendly to help them accomplish small tasks on projects. The good news is they can ship to your door.

 

BAKE FUN STUFF WITH YOUR KIDS

a mother baking with her kids

Something else cool to be an activity is to bake. Kids love very much to bake and most of them love making cakes or muffins which is just as easy as adding baking ingredients to mix and bake on your shopping list and if you don’t have any baking experience you can get a book on baking with kids on AMAZON  and you can engage your kids by adding say eggs and sugar to the mixture and letting your kids mix it up. It tastes really sweet and your kids will really love it.

 

LET THEM PLAY BALLOON TENNIS

two young kids playing balloon tennis inside

This is one of the funniest, best and entertaining activities indoors especially on a rainy day. All you need is balloons to blow in air and some rackets or if you don’t have one you could create a homemade racket with paper plates from recent home birthday parties and glue them or cellotape them with long wooden spoons behind them and the kids could pump this amongst themselves and have a little balloon tennis match in a room or in any safe space in the house that’s notion the kitchen to avoid issues rising such as a kid running in to a pan of hot boiling water to spoil your day.

 

CREATE A TAPE ASSAULT COURSE

a young kid trying to get through a tape assault course created inside the house

This is perfect to play with scotch wall - safe tape because it doesn’t pull off your wall paint. So just put some of this tape just across the whole way through in all different types of ways and get the kids to climb through without touching it and try to time them to see who is the quickest and it’s actually quite a lot of fun and kids really enjoy them.



That’s it for now. Thanks for your time reading through this article up to this point. Let me know below in the comments section which one is best for your kids and why you say so and also if you feel there’s an interesting activity that works perfectly well for your kids and I have not covered it above, feel free to let me know in the comments section. 


See you around on the next blog post. Stay Fly.

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