Rainy day activities don’t have to be inside, send the kids OUTSIDE with any of the play ideas in this collection of 20 fun things to do on a rainy day!
This list of rainy day activities for kids is filled with fun things to do on a rainy day OUTSIDE. While indoor rainy day activities are awesome, so is playing in the rain!
The best part about these outdoor rain play ideas… Is that most of them are FREE rainy day activities! Learn how to dress properly for the rain, and, get the kids outside with this list of outdoor activities in the rain.
If you are wondering what to do on a rainy day, or how to play in the rain… children from toddlers to teens love to get outside to explore the wet earth, jump in puddles, and play in the mud.
There are countless learning opportunities and fun ways to play in the rain outside. Make music, art, engage the senses, practice gross motor and fine motor skills, study nature, and so much more!
Find fun things to do in the rain outside with these great ideas to get you started!
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Best Things to do on a Rainy Day
Wondering what to do on a rainy day? One of the best things to do on a rainy day with kids is to get OUTSIDE!
Of course, it’s a lot of fun to play board games, pop on a FREE yoga video, design paper airplanes, play with play dough, and make arts and crafts on a rainy day. However, getting outside for AT LEAST 15 minutes, even when it’s pouring is a must!
There are lots of fun ways to play in the rain and lots of learning opportunities available outside on rainy days.
When I lived in Vancouver, BC while attending graduate school (one of the rainiest places in the world) I worked as a nanny. The kids and I used to have fun bundling up in proper rain gear to get outside to play in the rain.
Outdoor rainy day activities were our favorite things to do on a rainy day. Getting outside to play in the rain was much more fun than staying inside for weeks on end during the rainy months.
We have listed all of the best screen-free rainy day activities for kids below.
The Best Rain Gear for Kids
Rain paints with a bib and straps that wrap under rain boots are the best for when kids get really wet and muddy, otherwise, rain boots are likely to fill up with rainwater no matter what you do.
When children wear a wool base layer, they are less likely to complain about feeling cold even when they get a little wet!
Rainy Day Activities for Kids: 20 Fun Things to do in the Rain
Rainy day activities for toddlers don’t have to be inside, consider these 20 OUTDOOR rain activities for kids!
There is lots of stuff to do on a rainy day outside! Give any of these rainy day play ideas a try with your children the next time it rains.
While indoor rainy day activities for kids are great, children need to get outside and move their bodies every single day. When it rains, outdoor activities in the rain make it fun to get outside to play.
There are lots of fun things to do on a rainy day… Try any of the 20 outdoor rainy day activities listed below to get started!
1. Sing and Dance in the Rain
Who doesn’t love singing in the rain?
Get outside to sing and dance in the rain just like Gene Kelly. “I’m singing in the rain, I’m singing in the rain! What a glorious feeling I’m happy again!”
Don’t forget your umbrella to get yourself in the mood.
2. Play with Water Toys in Puddles
Get the kids outside playing in the rain with some of their favorite pool or bath toys. Bath toys are fun for kids to play with in puddles outside on a rainy day.
My daughter has an aquabot fish that she loves to take outside in the rain to go swimming. It really is cute to watch it swim around in puddles that are deep enough.
3. Catch Rain Drops on Your Tounge
Sometimes the simple pleasures are the best. Simply invite children to try to catch raindrops on their tongue for this fun rainy day activity.
I’ve never met any kids playing the rain, who haven’t loved trying to catch raindrops on their tongue!
4. Rescue Worms
The lifeguard in me loves this activity. Whenever you see a worm in a puddle place it back on the earth.
Once the rain stops and the earth is dry, rescue the worms by taking them off the sidewalk or street and placing them back in the moist earth.
Only hold on to worms for as long as you need to move them. Worms will die if held for too long. For more about worms see Investigate Worms.
5. Make Mud Pies in the Rain
A super fun rainy day activity is Rainy days is making mud pies. The earth gets nice and soft when it rains so that it’s easy to dig.
Don’t forget to decorate your mud pies with flowers, leaves, sticks, rocks, etc. Check out Mud Pie Nature Art for more ideas!
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Fun Things to do in the Rain: Rainy Day STEM Activities
6. Become a Scientist and Use Your Senses
Take a few moments to observe the rain. Notice everything about it–the sights, sounds, smells, feel, taste, etc.
Record your observations in your Nature Journal.
7. Build a Dam
Use stones, rocks, mud, sandbags or anything else you have to create a damn wherever water is flowing. This is a wonderful STEM activity for kids.
When building a dam, make sure you don’t hurt the inhabitants of the area or the surrounding ecology. Do not block off an entire waterway, and make sure the water is flowing normally before you leave.
8. Race Leaves or Boats in Rain Gutters and Creeks
Making and racing boats is another fantastic STEM activity. Racing leaves or boats down a rushing creek or in overflowing gutters is always fun.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy boat to make click on the link. The peg doll on top is optional.
9. Measure the Rain
Children love to measure the amount that it rained.
Measuring rainfall, and taking rainfall measurements over time, is a fun rainy day STEM activity for kids.
How much did it rain in an hour? In a day? In a week?
Keep a rain journal to check your measurements against those in your local newspaper or favorite weather website.
10. Make Rain Art on a Rainy Day
Making rain art is a fun rainy day activity for kids.
Draw on paper with washable markers then put it out in the rain to watch what happens.
Hop over to have a look at Rainbow Rainy Day Art for more information.
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11. Take Pictures
Another fun rainy day activity is to grab a waterproof camera and go outside and take pictures in the rain.
It’s fun to take pictures of friends and family playing outside without worrying about your camera getting wet. It’s also fun to photograph nature in the rain. Everything looks so lovely with drops of rain on it when photographed.
We love and use THIS waterproof camera. It takes a licking and keeps on clicking! My husband and I are surprised that ours still works we’ve dropped it so many times.
12. Go for a Nature Walk
Going for a nature walk is one of my favorite things to do in the rain.
When I lived in Vancouver, BC I was often asked by my Southern California family if I got SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) from all the rain. Going for nature walks in the proper rain gear was all I needed to keep the dreary wearies away.
Today I share this rainy day activity with my daughter who loves it as much as I do.
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13. Create an Invitation to Play
Another fun thing to do in the rain is to set up and an invitation to play.
Just like we create invitations to play inside, we can also create an invitation to play outside in the rain. Set up a rainy day play activity and invite the kids to give it a try.
14. Have a Water War
Having a water war in the rain is a great way to get the kids outside to burn off some excess energy. Especially if they’ve been cooped up for a while.
Gear up, and get out there!
15. Paint with Mud
Painting with mud is one of my daughter’s favorite things to do in the rain.
Grab a stick or some leaves and dip them in the mud. Then paint your driveway or sidewalk with the mud and watch it melt away in the rain.
16. Play in the Sandbox
Playing in the sandbox is a fun rainy day activity. The rain makes it so easy to mold the sand in whatever way you choose.
Just make sure you remove clothing before going into the house if at all possible. Rain and sand make for quite a mess!
17. Make Rain Music
Put out pots, pans, bowls, tin foil or anything else you think might make a nice sound when raindrops hit it. You can even put out a xylophone as long as you don’t mind it getting wet.
Enjoy the sound of rain music, “Tip, tip, tap, tip, tap, ting!”
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18. Body Board Down Small Grassy Hills
This was one of my favorite rainy day activities when I lived on the rainy island of Kauai, HI.
It needs to rain a lot to do this activity because the ground has to be saturated with water for it to work. Grab a body-board and make for the hills!
Think of it like tobogganing in the rain!
19. Feel the Soggy Earth
If it’s not too cold out, take off your rain shoes and feel the soggy earth under your feet. This is a wonderful activity for sensory development.
20. Jump in Puddles
Last, but not least, everyone’s favorite rainy day activity… Jump in puddles!
I like to save this rainy day activity for last because even with proper gear on, you can get really wet.
What to do on a Rainy Day: The Best Rainy Day Activities for Kids
Rainy day activities don’t have to be inside, send the kids outside to play in the rain… There are lots of fun things to do on a rainy day!
We hope you enjoy these rainy day activities for kids and fun ways to play in the rain outside as much as we do!
When you’re all done having fun outside in the rain, go inside for a warm bath and some hot tea or cocoa.
Curl up with a soft wool blanket, light a fire in the fireplace (if you have one) and enjoy how great it feels to be warm and dry after a day of fun in the rain.
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Best Rainy Day Art and Craft Activities for Kids
Creating arts and crafts is another fun thing to do on a rainy day… Try any of the art projects for kids listed below.
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- Christmas Art Projects for Kids
- Flower Art Projects
- Fingerprint Art Magnets
- Easter Art Ideas for Kids
- Nature Crafts and Art Activities
- Best Fall Art Projects
- Fall Nature Craft Ideas
- Halloween Art Ideas Kids Will LOVE
Bucket Lists of Fun Activities and Things to do
For more fun ideas check out our seasonal bucket lists. They are filled with a lot of fun activities that children will love!
- Autumn Bucket List of Fun Fall Activities
- Winter Bucket List of Fun Spring Activities to do with Kids
- Spring Bucket List of Fun Activities
- Summer Bucket List of Activities for Kids
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