I don’t want to tempt fate with this post about Rainy Day Activities for Toddlers as the weather was insanely good yesterday…Reuben and I were at Alnwick Gardens and we could have done with some suncream on!
However, Thursday this week was a wash out! And the first question that popped up on the Mums’ Days Facebook Wall was from Rachel. She said…
“Does anyone have some ideas for rainy day activity for toddlers?”
There were some fabulous responses! I’ve collected them all here in one easy to find place, so next time we’re stuck for something to do, we can just pick one or two of these. Courtesy of the Mums’ Days parents and some visuals on pinterest (go check out my Rainy Day Pinterest Board too)!
10 Rainy Day Activities for Toddlers
1. Cleaning or cooking – your place may end up messier than before but toddlers love to mimic annd Stevie-Lee suggested their own washing up bowl, dusting with a clean cloth, pretend mop and bucket or hoover. Elaine suggests emptying or filling the washing machine with clothes too. You could also bake a cake or ice some biscuits, etc. Reuben has started to help me with the cooking – messy but it’s encouraging him to eat more.
Cooking with toddlers – we made little omelettes with peas and sweetcorn
2. Go out – Andrea says pop on your waterproofs and wellies and go splash in some puddles. Or Victoria suggested good old soft play.
3. Arts and crafts – Victoria suggested painting, play dough, making collages and drawing, and Claire-Louise said potato printing – I remember doing that as a kid! For little ones still putting everything in their mouth, Amanda says try water and a paintbrush on coloured paper. Steph suggested hand prints or toilet roll tube characters. You could also make a head start on homemade Christmas Cards!
I love this idea for Bonfire night from Crafty Morning!
4. Sensory play – a few mums suggested making gloop (cornflower and water) or water play, and Emma said cloud dough (flour and baby oil!). You can also do this with shaving foam or bath foam. If you prefer to try it with dry ingredients, have a look at this sensory box with beans and pasta. Reuben played with it for ages!
5. Movie time – is there anything better than cuddling on the sofa with a few healthy snacks watching a disney classic? I don’t think so!
6. Indoor soft play – make a pillow mountain to climb on
Sensory Pillow Mountain – image courtesy of Your Kids Table
7. Indoor picnic – Louise says have a picnic in their bedroom. Or make a den and eat in there.
One of our magnificent dens!
8. Reading corner – Amanda has a snuggly reading corner, with cushions and blankets, and they will sit and read there for ages.
I love the cosy reading nook in Baby’s big girl toddler room – image courtesy of You Baby Me Mummy
9. Toys – get something out you haven’t played with for a while – train track, ball pit, etc!
Reuben loves his train track and can play for ages if he hasn’t seen it for a while
10. Music and Dancing – pop on their (or your!) favourite music and have a boogie around the living room
What are your favourite rainy day activities for toddlers?!
I’d love to hear all about what you get up to, please feel free to leave suggestions in the comments below. And if you’d like even more ideas, head over to my Rainy Day Pinterest Board and give it a follow. I’ll keep adding ideas as I come across them!