Rainy Day Activities With Toddlers (that require no planning)
If there is one thing that is the bane of my existence, it’s being stuck inside with the kids. I love them (a lot!) but I’m an active person and my girls go freaking crazy indoors. Which is why, having a stash of rainy day activities is a must (we also rock some outside rainy fun)! Between eight months of winter and two months of rain, it can get a bit stir crazy here- so a mamas gotta be prepared!
The Three Qualities Of Rainy Day Activities
- No preparation
- No money
- Easy to put together
I never really understood why mamas struggled with rainy days before I became a mom myself. But they are terrible.
And It’s not even rain! We live in Canada and have like eight months of winter- so we’re stuck inside a lot! And while I love staying active outdoors, this past year my second babe was a newborn… so she couldn’t really go out in -30!
So, stuck inside with a two-year-old and a newborn. I got why mamas were pulling their hair out.
And so, I came up with a list (because lists are what I do best haha). A list of rainy day activities to keep our sanity.
What I Needed From Rainy Day Activities
A bit of backstory: I suck at being a crafty mom. Seriously, I am horrific. I pretty much just give baby bear a bottle of glue, a piece of paper and macaroni and that’s it. It’s bad.
So we can’t exactly sit around being craftsy all day- who are these moms anyways?! Who always have their sh*t together when it comes to making things- I envy you.
My toddler also won’t sit still for too long (unless it’s to do this animal tape rescue thing from Busy Toddler– seriously, a favorite!). So while we do watch a couple paw patrol episodes (you can learn from paw patrol, I swear!) it doesn’t really break up the day too well (or tire her out!)
Instead these rainy day activities for kids are random as eff, require little to know preparing and at least help keep my sanity when we’re stuck inside.
I’m sure once the girls are older and can rock some puzzles, card games read themselves this won’t be as bad. But a trapped toddler is a crazy toddler my friends- please tell me it gets better?! (pppsst: I have no idea why she has a fishing pole.. crazy my friends, crazy)
Rainy Day Activities: Pillow Forts
This one is pretty much gold- my toddler loves it. Stack pillows, put blankets on them. Tadaa!
We make up imaginative scenarios about the pillow fort (or last time- the space tunnel) and it occupies a good thirty minutes.
It doesn’t have to be fancy, in fact, my fort making skills is kind of crap. But this rainy day game is normally a win.
I’m going to assume that you have tinfoil in your house.
Well, rip off a piece, twist the ends and voila, you have a boat!
The boat can sail in the bathtub or just a bucket of water. Sometimes, our boats carry things. It’s all very exciting stuff.
You know all those cups you have left from kids’ parties (or drinking, let’s be honest). Well, win!
This is essentially just making a giant card house but with cups (easier for little hands and whatnot!)- which means it totally counts in the rainy day games department.
Have contests as to who can build a higher castle. Have fun knocking them over. Get different sizes if you have them and try to match them.
This, is #momlife at it’s finest.
EO Couch Jumps
Okay, this one gets a bit dangerous- I’ll be the first to admit it!
And I’ve no idea why my daughter calls it “EO” but here we are.
Take the cushions off the couch and angle them on the floor and the couch, creating a “slide”. I put mats down at the bottom (I’m fancy).
Then, let your toddler climb, slide and bum bounce down the cushion (carefully! Seriously mamas, supervision is required on this one :P)
Sock Puppet Attacks
Grab a pair of socks, put them on your hands. Name them. Pretend that the sock puppets are tickle monsters and tickle attack each other.
This rainy day game can actually be pretty educational depending on how you swing it.
Grab a piece of paper and draw out lines and circles.
Your toddler has to put the stickers in specific areas (all stickers in a row up the line or getting the sticker into the circle).
Fun With Straws
We always have a bunch of paper straws around for my food photography- and baby bear loves them!
We make swords out of the straws (putting two together) or sometimes we make “straw necklaces” ß they’re beautiful, I promise!
Or, if we have a lot, we play a square stacking game and see how high we can get!
I love cooking on rainy days but the girls are not always overly helpful.
They do however, love to pour!
So instead of letting them help with my recipe, I give them their own. They each get a bowl, then there are three ingredients (all ingredients can be eaten raw lol): oats, nuts and almond flour (or whatever the hell you have on hand).
In each ingredient is a measuring cup or spoon and they must scoop the ingredients into their bowls.
Does this make a huge mess? Yes. It’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make 😛
When they’re done, I normally combine whatever the hell is in their bowls into some sort of cooked oatmeal or smoothie (no waste!)
Tracing is a funny skill, one my three-year-old is just starting to enjoy.
We take random objects and trace them onto paper. Our hands, feet, the baby’s hands, cups. Literally anything. To me, this is a craft 😛
When I’m desperate, I opt for paper airplanes (I suck at making them). We make a bunch, draw a color on them, name them and get flying!
Don’t forget to pin these rainy day activities!
The truth is, nothing has to be complicated with a toddler. My issue with crafts is that they distract my daughters for about eight minutes and then they’re done, and the cleanup is annoying.
Instead, we rock the random activities. The ones that keep them bouncing or entertained. We crawl, climb and go a bit nutty- but that’s part of the fun. Right? RIGHT?!