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Splashing in puddles and catching raindrops on your tongue is what rainy days are all about, but what about when you have to move the party indoors? Build a doorway puppet theater out of a sheet and work with the kids on writing a play. Start a jam band, complete with rainbow xylophone. Check out these ideas and more in these 25 Rainy Day Activities for Kids…


  • Architecture at its Finest 1 of 25
    Architecture at its Finest
    Build towers with toothpicks and marshmallows.
    Find out more at The Idea Room.
  • Balloon Table Tennis 2 of 25
    Balloon Table Tennis
    Get into a heated game of balloon table tennis without breaking furniture.
    Find out more at Plum Adorable.
  • Ring Toss 3 of 25
    Ring Toss
    Play a fun game of ring toss with paper plates.
    Find out more at A Little Learning for Two.
  • Marshmallow Shooters 4 of 25
    Marshmallow Shooters
    Have a blast playing with marshmallow shooters.
    Find out more at Real Simple.
  • PVC Pipe Fort 5 of 25
    PVC Pipe Fort
    Make a fort frame out of PVC pipe and then cover with blankets.
    Find out more at Angry Julie Monday.
  • Dancing Oobleck 6 of 25
    Dancing Oobleck
    Enjoy a really cool activity that is also educational.
    Find out more at Housing a Forest.
  • Build a Parking Deck 7 of 25
    Build a Parking Deck
    Plan out and build a parking deck for cars to drive around.
    Find out more at Kinderpendent.
  • Tic-Tac-Toe 8 of 25
    Tic-Tac-Toe
    Make a tic-tac-toe board on the floor.
    Find out more at What to Expect.
  • Make a Terrarium 9 of 25
    Make a Terrarium
    Bring nature indoors by making terrariums.
    Find out more at Martha Stewart.
  • Hula Hoop Rug 10 of 25
    Hula Hoop Rug
    It may take some time, but it will definitely be worth it.
    Find out more at Family Fun Go.
  • Geometric Puzzles 11 of 25
    Geometric Puzzles
    Paint triangles on wood squares and then use them to construct unique puzzle art.
    Find out more at Mer Mag.
  • Glow Jars 12 of 25
    Glow Jars
    Make glow jars during the day and then turn off the lights when it gets dark.
    Find out more at Intimate Weddings.
  • Toy Parachute 13 of 25
    Toy Parachute
    Send your Legos gliding through the air with a parachute.
    Find out more at Zakka Life.
  • Guess Who – Family Edition 14 of 25
    Guess Who - Family Edition
    Print out pictures of friends and family to customize your Guess Who playing board.
    Find out more at Counting Coconuts.
  • Scrap Busting Concentration 15 of 25
    Scrap Busting Concentration
    Use fabric scraps to make a concentration game.
    Find out more at Prudent Baby.
  • Animal Masks 16 of 25
    Animal Masks
    Play dress-up by using the free template to print out fun animal masks you can cut out from felt and decorate.
    Find out more at Prudent Baby.
  • Cool Scavenger Hunt 17 of 25
    Cool Scavenger Hunt
    Set objects inside water and freeze it into a block of ice. Then, have a blast chiseling them out.
    Find out more at Prudent Baby.
  • Doorway Puppet Theater 18 of 25
    Doorway Puppet Theater
    Set up a doorway puppet theater to put on a show.
    Find out more at Country Living.
  • Custom Crayons 19 of 25
    Custom Crayons
    Melt all those bits and pieces of crayons into custom crayons.
    Find out more at Prudent Baby.
  • Painted Ornaments 20 of 25
    Painted Ornaments
    With the holidays coming up, get a head start on presents by having a day of making painted ornaments.
    Find out more at Prudent Baby.
  • Indoor Hopscotch 21 of 25
    Indoor Hopscotch
    Make a no-sew indoor hopscotch mat.
    Find out more at A Girl & A Glue Gun.
  • Science Fun 22 of 25
    Science Fun
    Follow this science experiment to learn how to make bouncy balls.
    Find out more at About.
  • Hot Air Balloons 23 of 25
    Hot Air Balloons
    Cut and sew felt hot air balloons to hang around the house.
    Find out more at Prudent Baby.
  • Rainbow Xylophone 24 of 25
    Rainbow Xylophone
    Start a band with homemade instruments like this rainbow xylophone.
    Find out more at Meet the Dubiens.
  • Beans and Rice Art 25 of 25
    Beans and Rice Art
    Use beans, popcorn kernels and rice to make art, like a Thanksgiving Day turkey.
    Find out more at The Idea Room.

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Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the bestselling book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman), and follow up fill-in journal My Prudent Advice, and founding co-editor at Prudent Baby, the premier DIY destination for crafty moms seeking ways to make their lives even more stylish and beautiful.

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