Many of us are ready for Spring. Even here in Hawaii I can’t wait for Spring and the end of Flu Season. We’ve certainly had our fill of the flu! Although Spring ushers in warm weather and marks the end of flu season it also brings us rain; lots of rain. At our house the kids don’t mind the rain, it just means they can play video games all day. It drives me crazy! I’m always on the look out for rainy day kids’ activities to keep them off the video games and doing something more productive.
Sometimes it’s hard to find kids’ activities that will interest kids of different ages. But I’ve found some rainy days kids’ activities that works for kids of varying ages; particularly activities that involve making stuff. You’d be surprised what holds the interest of older kids! By the way these ideas are for snow days too!
One of the most popular kids’ activities in our house is baking. Kids love to “play” in the kitchen.
Baking cookies, cupcakes or whatever is an activity kids of all ages can do. The older ones can mix ingredients together and put pans in the oven. Younger ones, even toddlers can help decorate or frost the baked goods.
Be prepared for the mess, kids in the kitchen can get pretty messy.
One of the easiest things to bake are Snowball Cookies.
Kids of all ages can roll the dough into balls then later roll the baked cookies in powdered sugar.
Homemade Play Dough
Kids love play dough and there are several versions of homemade play dough. Part of the fun is in the making!
You can also make play dough using flour. Click here for Paging Fun Mums No Cook Playdough Recipe!
Or you can make Jello Playdough! Click here for Modern Parents Messy Kids playdough recipe!
Fluffy slime, stretchy slime, glitter slime, you name it kids love slime.
730 Sage Street has 10 slime recipes to choose from. Make one or make them all, the kids will love it!
Click here for slime recipes!
Pipe Cleaner Crafts
Here’s a classic kids’ activity, Pipe Cleaner Crafts. This has been around for ever, even I remember making all sorts of things from pipe cleaners.
But these days pipe cleaners come in a host of colors!
Click here for In The Playroom’s Pipe Cleaner Animal Crafts!
The kids will love making these adorable bird feeders by Eighteen 25! When their done you can hang them outside and watch the birds they’ll attract!
Click here to for instructions!
Build an Indoor Fort or Tent
Keep kids busy by building and playing in a tent or fort. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, a sheet covering a table is good enough. The kids’ imagination will do the rest!
Click here for indoor fort ideas from KidsActivities.com
Give the kids a list of things they can find around the house and send them on a scavenger hunt. This activity will keep them busy and active for quite a while!
Building sculptures with candies and toothpicks is fun, educational, and creative. Turn sticks, toothpicks, or straws into creative sculptures. You can use any type of soft candies like jujubees or marshmallows to connect the sticks.
Click here for ideas from Kids Craft Room.
Painting – with fingers , brushes, or sponges
Painting is always a fun activity! Save money by making your own paints. It’s easy, the kids can help too!
Click here for paint recipes from DIY Joy.
There are lots of kids’ activities to keep your kids busy on rainy or snowy days. Do you have a favorite indoor activity? Please share it with us!