So, it’s raining and you don’t want to clean up the mess you know they’ll make by letting them play outside. Maybe it’s just too cold to be outside in the rain. Whichever road block has you banning the kids from escaping outside to puddle jump don’t fret because I have 9 fantastic ideas to keep you and the kids from going stir crazy in the house all day.
Bonus they’ll actually be tired at the end of the day too! You need ideas to entertain the kids on a rainy day and I have a few options that my kids absolutely LOVE. Most aren’t very time consuming to set up and can result in hours, yes hours, of fun. There are a couple that require a little bit of extra work but don’t worry those pay off even longer.
Cotton Ball Challenge
Dump a pile of cotton balls on the floor in a room. Place a bowl in another room. Give the children a spoon and tell them to get all the cotton balls to the bowl. Cotton balls don’t have a lot of weight behind them so if the kids move too fast or stumble they could lose their cotton balls. If you have more than one child turn it into relay races giving each child their own setup to race each other.
Sticky Spider web
Using painters tape create a “web” on a doorway. Make sure that the sticky side of the tape is facing towards the children. Make several lines on the floor with the tape different lengths from the web. See how far they can move back and still hit the target. This could also be turned relay race style for another variation.
Paper Airplane challenge
This one can be played two ways. First, you need to make some paper airplanes. Here are some tutorials here, here, and here if you aren’t sure how to make them.
After you’ve got your planes you create several different lines on the floor with painter’s tape or a rolled-up towel to mark finish lines. You’ll also need one on the opposite side of the room for a starting line. Take turns trying to get your planes across the lines. The person with the most points at the end wins. Or the plane that makes it the farthest wins each round of turns.
The second option for this is to get a large poster board, or several sheets of paper. Use these and make different sized holes. Then tape it into a door way. Let the kids take turns trying to get them through the holes on the paper. For a little competitive activity, you could label each hole with a different point. At the end of the game the person with the most points wins.
Glow in the dark scavenger hunt
This one has two different versions. One is Easter themed because it’s almost Easter! For this version, you’re going to need plastic Easter eggs and either led tea light candles or small glow sticks. You fill the eggs with the light of choice and hide the eggs all over the house. Next just turn out the lights and have FUN watching your family run all over trying to get all the eggs.
The second option for this game is to just drop the eggs and hide the lights themselves and follow the same game guidelines as above. But really the eggs could be used year-round.
Nerf Obstacle course
Okay so this one is for the kids that can operate the nerf guns obviously because some of those nerf guns can be hard to get working when your hands are small or not strong enough. Next, you’ll just need some sheets of paper or cardboard pieces. You can draw targets on the material of choice and hang them in different areas of the house.
You could also use dolls and other toys as “pedestrians” or “bad guys” if you wanted to. Give the kids some pillows or use the couch cushions to make an obstacle they must get around or over. Another fun option is to use some painters tape low on the walls in a hallway so they have something they have to crawl under to get to the other side.
This is something you could turn into a relay race for another variation if the kids start to get bored. If you have any cardboard boxes have the kids decorate their own “bunker” and set them up for an option to face each other like in laser tag.
Balloon waddle relay race
Blow up some balloons and have the kids stick them between their knees and have them waddle to the other side. They can take turns for fun, have a race against each other, or even a timed race for the best time. There are so many options available for this one. You could also add in a few “obstacles” if they want more of a challenge.
Grab some painters taper and create a hopscotch board on the floor. Use a quarter or a stuffed animal in place of a rock to find out how far to hopscotch. This one is really simple but you’d be surprised how much time you can usually get out of this one.
Indoor Obstacle Course
Ok, so for this it’s kind of up to you. Grab some pillows, tape, and toys. Create a low crawl area with the tape in the hallway or place it at different heights creating a web of sorts for the kids to climb through to make it to the other side.
You need different “mediums” for this one to stay entertaining. Things to crawl over and under. Something that they can hop over and something they must avoid. Encourage them to use their imaginations for this one they can be spies or at boot camp, honestly the options are endless.
This doesn’t have to be something that devours your whole house but the more you add the longer it will entertain.
You need a balloon and some painters tape. Also, having a sense of humor is a plus here. Blow up your balloon and make a line on the floor, or in the air if that’s what you prefer, to create a net.
Then get on the floor like you’re going to crab walk, remember how I said you need that sense of humor? Using your feet try to keep the balloon from hitting the floor on your side. If it hits on the other teams’ side then you get the point.