25 indoor activities for bad weather days

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Bad weather got you down? Check out this collection of indoor activities for kids! Whether you’re cooped up with your toddler or preschooler on a wet rainy summer day, or need ideas to keep your little ones occupied when school’s out and they’re threatening to climb the walls, there are heaps of DIY crafts, games, obstacle courses, and scavenger hunts to take the blah out of being stuck at home. Here are 25 of our favorites!

I don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan of summer.

I love spending afternoons at the park with my 3-year-old.

I love blowing bubbles on our terrace after dinner.

I love wearing maxi dresses and flip flops.

I love weekend trips to the beach.

And I love the sound of our local ice cream truck on hot, lazy afternoons.

But I do not love the sound of rain pitter-pattering on our windows between the months of June and September. It just seems so…unfair…after enduring month after month of snow, sleet, freezing rain, colds, and flus, you know?

The good news?

I’ve found some great kids activities books to help me out when my daughter and I are climbing the walls (my faves are [amazon text=101 Kids Activities That Are the Bestest, Funnest Ever!&asin=1624140572, The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments, and 150 Screen-Free Activities for Kids), and I recently discovered HEAPS of indoor activities on Pinterest.

Here are 25 of my favorites.

1. Build an indoor city!

2. Throw the kids in the tub and unleash their inner Picasso with some shaving cream bathtub paint!

3. Make your own snow!

4. Set-up a color scavenger hunt around your house.

5. Go wild and paint the windows!

6. Make pasta jewelry, like these adorable caterpillar necklaces or these cute dinosaur necklaces!

7. Play some pop bottle bowling.

8. Get out a tupperware bowl, add some water and dish soap, grab a couple of straws and have a bubble blowing contest!

9. Make an alphabet sensory bin.

10. Put on your rain gear and do some indoor puddle jumping!

11. Paint with marshmallows and, if you used edible paint, eat your creations!

12. Challenge your kids to a game of balloon tennis!

13. Make busy bags!

14. Get your kids in their swim suits and listen to them scream with glee in this shower ball pit!!

15. Spend the afternoon building sand castles with this stick sand dough recipe!

16. Get creative and make a race car play bath.

17. Make a masking tape speedway!

18. Get out the flour and bake a batch of alphabet cookies!

19. Crack open the play doh and print off some of these awesome printable play doh mats!

20. Go alphabet fishing.

21. Make a cardboard tube marble run.

22. Get creative and make some marshmallow and toothpick buildings!

23. Make an indoor obstacle course.

24. Put on your jerseys and play a game of balloon hockey!

25. Play bubble wrap hopscotch!

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Bad weather got you down? Check out this collection of indoor activities for kids! Whether you’re cooped up with your toddler or preschooler on a wet rainy summer day, or need ideas to keep your little ones occupied when school’s out and they’re threatening to climb the walls, there are heaps of DIY crafts, games, obstacle courses, and scavenger hunts to take the blah out of being stuck at home. Here are 25 of our favorites!

And if you’re looking for more ways to have fun with your kids, please follow our Kids board where we share all kinds of great ideas!



Gwen
Gwen
Gwen is a 40-something freelance writer and social media consultant who has an unhealthy love for makeup, hair, and fashion. She lives with her husband and 8-year-old daughter in Toronto, Canada and hopes to move to a warmer climate someday. Preferably tomorrow.