• Education Fair 2024
  • Sunshine Coast Libraries banner ad - Kids on the Coast Magazine

5 rainy day activities for kids

Make & Create

Rainy days? Bored kids? Here are our top 5 rainy day activities for kids to wash even the glummest of rain clouds away.

If you find yourself crawling the walls trying to keep the kids entertained, here are a few simple rainy-day activities to keep little minds busy until the storm clouds clear.

5 rainy day activities for kids


1. Hold a declutter fashion show

Why not make the most of the time indoors and get the kids involved in an exciting declutter fashion show?! Set up a catwalk in the hall using lamps, put some pop music on the stereo and have the family strut their stuff in their old clothes. The audience cheering on from the sidelines can help to decide if the item is a keeper, needs mending, a hand-me-down, or ready for the op-shop. For kids that love to dress up, it is also a great opportunity to create costumes from pre-loved clothing. With a bit of TLC and creative decoration the dress-up box can soon be overflowing once more.


2. Toothpick and marshmallow sculptures

A craft that you can eat AND play with? Brilliant! With a bag of marshmallows and a box of toothpicks, you can have hours of fun together, building towers, sculptures and 3D artworks. The afternoon might get a little sticky and we can’t be blamed for those creations that inadvertently collapse when the base ends up in a little one’s tummy! But this activity is always a sure-fire hit in any rainy day household. You can find full instructions here.


3. Contact window art

Another easy, yet ingenious rainy day activity that keeps little ones busy, simply tape some clear contact onto the window, with the sticky side facing out. Then give your child matchsticks, buttons, sequins, toothpicks, or whatever you can find, and they can create all manner of pictures on the window. Older kids can create stained glass windows with cut up pieces of coloured cellophane or crepe paper.


4. Indoor tennis

For any kids that have energy to burn, clear some space and set up a game of indoor tennis using a couple of flyswatters and a balloon. Lots of fun and a great for the more rambunctious little ones who need to run around.


5. Make your own puffy paint

Admittedly it’s very messy, but it’s incredibly popular and also easy to clean up. Mix together: 3 tbsp flour, 1 tbsp cornstarch, 2 tbsp water, 1 tsp salt, until it has a consistency similar to cake batter. Split evenly in a muffin tin and add food colouring to each batch to make different colours. Paint onto paper using cotton buds or brushes, then when the artwork is done, pop into the microwave for 10 seconds and the paint will puff up! See here for full instructions.

Crayola free preschool activities

What are your favourite activities for kids on rainy days?

Related Stories

3 easy craft activities to take away those rainy day blues
Kids craft ideas for the non-crafty parent

Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids events, attractions & things to do with kids, schools and education, school holiday guides, health & wellbeing for families, parenting and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.



Search tags: Activities | Craft
By Claire Gilligan
WITH A FIFO HUSBAND WHO WORKS AWAY WEEKS AT A TIME, CLAIRE ENJOYS FINDING FUN, LOCAL THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO VISIT TO OCCUPY HER AND HER TWO GIRLS' TIME. ORIGINALLY FROM SYDNEY, CLAIRE AND HER FAMILY LOVE ALL THE THINGS THE SUNSHINE COAST HAS TO OFFER AND ENJOY SHOWING IT OFF TO VISITING FAMILY AND FRIENDS. Kids on the Coast is a free family magazine whats on guide for Kids: things to do, school holiday fun and free activities for kids... Fun attractions, family food & travel, kids health & wellbeing, kids parties venues, parenting, pregnancy & babies, guide for parents. Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids things to do with kids, schools and education and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.

You might also like…