10 ideas to entertain the kids on rainy days

by admin on January 15, 2010

It’s been pretty grim outside! If you can’t face the thought of leaving your warm house, here’s some ideas of what to do at home to entertain your children on rainy days and stop you climbing the walls.

  1. Colouring or Painting: magic painting books are great if you don’t want too much mess.
  2. Messy play: mix some cornflour and water (2 part cornflour, 1 parts water) in a bowl and let them stick their fingers in. It very strange stuff, as it goes hard when picked up, then turns into liquid.
  3. Fill up the sink with water: put in toys, bottles or fill up balloons and let them have a splash.
  4. Play Hide and Seek: my two year old absolutely loves this game. Or use up less energy by playing Hide the teddy!
  5. Have a pretend picnic/tea party : invite dolls and teddies too.
  6. Sing songs: put on their favourite nursery rhyme CD and sing songs, use shakers, bells or tambourines if they have them.
  7. Get a wiggle on: turn up the radio/music TV/Ipod, get the disco lights going if you have them, and DANCE!
  8. Do some baking: Here’s recipes for Rice Krispie cakes, Teddy Bear Fairy Cakes, Banana Cake or biscuits – let them play with the mixture and cut out shapes (obviously make sure they stay well away from the oven and anything hot).
  9. Cuddle up on the sofa: with a book or look at a family photo album.
  10. Watch their favourite DVD: my daughter loves Peppa Pig. I try to avoid putting the TV on during the day, but if it’s horrible outside, I do sometimes as a special treat.

What other good ideas do you have for keeping your kids entertained at home?


Cathy at nurturestore January 15, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Dancing round the kitchen always livens my kids up on a cold and rainy day too – can’t beat a bit of ABBA! My blog is dedicated to having fun through play so there are lots of ideas on there about keeping kids entertained when you’re stuck in: make a sofa pirate ship, create a life-size picture of your kids or build your own cardboard city are a few you might like.

Crystal Jigsaw January 15, 2010 at 8:29 pm

These are great ideas and bring back lovely memories when my daughter was younger.

CJ xx

MumOf2 January 15, 2010 at 10:34 pm

I LOVE this blog! Great articles and love the links too. Baby friendly boltholes is definitely going to become my holiday bible!

eveysey January 16, 2010 at 11:33 pm

Love the cornflour idea.my little one loves mixing.we often make scones,fairy cakes,biscuits etc but sometimes require a quick fix activity so sure cornflour will work!

21stcenturymum January 18, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Thanks for the great comments x

angelsandurchinsblog January 19, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Great tips, and I’ve just tried the cornflour one. They loved it, as did I until they put a sticky hand in my hair! I often take off one of the largest sofa cushions, put it on the floor and let them have a bounce. And we all love creating sofa dens using sheets. I used to have a house, I now have a creche…!

scribblingmum January 20, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Some lovely ideas – I have my own further Top 3 that I needed when we were snowed in recently, you can add them to your fab list next time you need them !


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