As a parent, there is nothing worse than a rainy day. Where are you supposed to go? How on earth are you going to keep your toddler entertained whilst stuck inside all day? Have no fear. I’m going to be sharing 10 different rainy day activities for toddlers. Living in the UK means that you need to have some inspiration on keeping the little ones busy when it’s raining. There is always the option of braving the elements and getting wet, but if you prefer to stay indoors during a downpour, then let me share with you some of the ways that I keep my little Austin entertained.
Rainy Day Activities For Toddlers
Austin loves to colour. When we are stuck inside, we usually get the pencil crayons and the colouring books out and have a scribble. I’m trying to teach him how to stay inside the lines but we haven’t had any success with this yet. You can buy colouring books and pencils really cheap from B&M. They only cost a few pound and they will keep your child entertained for hours. Colouring is something that you can do alongside your child. You’d be surprised how much of a stress reliever it can be.
This is a really fun activity that you can do with your child when you need to stay indoors. Get in that kitchen, pull up a chair for your child and get baking! You don’t need to use loads of ingredients for this. Let’s face it, you aren’t going to be heading off to the Great British Bake Off with what you and your toddler are about to produce. There is a high chance that what you make will not be edible at the end, so keep it simple and just have fun in the process.
Austin and I recently made some Peppa Pig cupcakes that we really had fun with. We picked up the cake mix from Tesco, which again was really cheap. Austin was able to do some of the mixing and the pouring, which he seemed to enjoy.
Making A Den
As a child, I always used to enjoy making dens with my brother. We used to gather all the big cushions from the sofas, and arrange them so that we had a little place to hide away. We would spend hours playing our video games in there. It might not the tidiest of games to play, but den building will certainly provide you, as a parent, with some valuable free time. Also, once the den has been built, they will refuse you entry which will give you no choice but to put your feet up elsewhere. Providing you can find a chair that still has a cushion on it.
Playing With Cardboard Boxes
If you have a good imagination, and a spare cardboard box lying around, then this could be a real hit! Rather than throwing a box out, use it to make a cardboard house, or a little car for your toddler to ride in. You can even decorate it using felt tips or paint. This rainy day activity is one that could potentially keep the little ones entertained for hours. It’s amazing what you can make with things that are just lying around the house.
One of Austin’s favourite activities to do inside is read his books. He really likes to look at the books with the flaps that he can open and close. That’s before he decided to rip all the flaps out. We also read a lot of books that have animals in it. Austin loves to tell me what the animals are and then what noises they make too. Reading with your toddler is so important, and should be done daily. Even if this means just looking at the pictures and talking to them about what they can see. I used to love reading books as a child, so I’m very happy that Austin loves them too.
Arts and Crafts
There are lots of different crafty activities you can do with your child inside. There will always be random stuff lying around that you can use. A really fun activity you can do is making space rockets out of empty toilet roll tubes. All you need is a toilet roll tube, some paint, a brush, a bit of cellotape and some card. It’s a really quick and easy craft to make and it gets rid of some of your rubbish in your house at the same time. If space rockets aren’t your thing, then try making a castle out of an empty cardboard box. Or a crown out of paper. The possibilities are endless.
Watch a Movie
This is something that I haven’t tried yet with Austin. The main reason being that he never keeps still long enough to watch an hour and a half long film. If your child can sit still, then this is a really good way to keep them entertained. Grab a bag of popcorn, get them a drink, and they will be quite content. I used to love watching movies when I was little. We used to look through the old video cassettes trying to find something to watch. Kids these days will never understand the struggles!
I have recently purchased a tuff tray from Amazon which has been a life saver so far. It’s the perfect thing to have when you are stuck inside on a rainy day. For those who don’t know, a tuff tray is just a big colourful tray that you can use to fill with absolutely anything! I plan to write a seperate post on some tuff tray ideas in the coming weeks. I filled this tray up with all of Austin’s favourite things, like letters, stacking blocks, balls, animals. This kept him entertained for a long time!
I hope you have found some inspiration for the next time you are stuck inside on a rainy day. There are endless amounts of activities you can do with toddlers, you just need to be creative. If anyone has any different ways that you keep your children entertained then let me know, I’m always looking for new ideas.