These rainy day toddler activities are perfect to have on hand when bad weather strikes! Many of these toddler activities don’t require you to have any special supplies – some require no supplies at all, just a willing attitude!
What are the best rainy day toddler activities?
When it comes to toddlers, keep it simple! They’re pleased most by a bit of one on one time with mama. Enjoy completing some of these rainy day activities together before lunch (then be sure to try cooking together!) and before you know it… nap time!
Rainy Day Puddle Jumping!
Hands down, the most fun rainy day ever (assuming there’s no lightning!) is PUDDLE JUMPING! I dare you to jump in some puddles too, mom. Say yes to muddy/wet clothes while you’re outside and then put them in the washing machine as soon as you walk back through the door. Make this activity a habit and you’ll all have sweet rainy day memories as the kids grow bigger!
Teach Them A Rainy Day Nursery Rhyme/Silly Song
You already know which songs your child knows – but may I suggest a few rainy day toddler song options?
- It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring, he went to bed and bumped his head and couldn’t get up in the morning!
- I hear thunder!
I hear thunder!
Hark don’t you,
hark don’t you?
Pitter, patter raindrops,
Pitter patter raindrops,
I’m wet through
and so are you!
- Pitter patter, pitter patter,
Listen to the rain!
Pitter patter, pitter patter,
On the window pane.
Dropping, dropping, dropping, dropping,
Dropping on the ground.
Dripping, dripping, dripping, dripping,
Listen to the sound!
Cuddle and Read On A Rainy Day
Grab a blanket and few favorite stories and get cuddling! Rainy days are the perfect excuse to spend extra time cuddling, snuggling, and reading together. I’m already looking forward to the next dark sky and the sound of rain drops on the rooftop…
Paper Chains Toddler Activity
This is such a simple, classic kid project. I used to think they were just for Christmas countdowns, but I’ve learned otherwise! This activity is great for toddlers on a rainy day and if you have older kids, they will enjoy it too. Use a variety of colors and have fun!
Teach The ABCs
Teaching toddlers their letters isn’t a requirement by any means, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how eager my toddlers were to learn them. When the weather is bad, why not make a rainy day a learning day? My favorite way to start teaching the alphabet is with any alphabet book you have around the house and making a habit of going through that same book everyday before nap while we’re cuddled up together – at first we only make it through half! But over time they like sitting for longer and then once they are familiar, you can introduce an activity like this!
Exercise Your Toddler’s Fine Motor Skills
Again – rainy days are perfect for learning something new or reinforcing a skill. What I love about this rainy day activity is that it is fun, keeps a toddler’s attention, and reinforces a healthy pencil grip for when they get a little bigger!
Make & Play With Playdough
This no-cook play dough recipe is a fantastic rainy day toddler activity! Since there’s no time on the stovetop, your toddler can help with all the mixing and then play with their homemade playdough for hours!
Make A Sensory Bag
Sensory bags are fun in any weather, but on a rainy day, it’s the perfect toddler activity to enjoy when you’re all stuck indoors anyways! They are fun for squeezing, patting, poking, and as long as you follow the 5 tips below, you shouldn’t have any bags burst on you. 🙂
Make Your Family Tree
This toddler activity is so sweet! You can’t always be near your family, but you can spend your next rainy day showing your kids family pictures AND making a game out of the faces of people they love.
Color A Printable Coloring Page Together
Channel some sunny vibes with this beach coloring page to help escape the rainy day blues! Coloring is perfect for kids of all ages. Let’s be honest, your toddler is going to scribble all over the page and that is GREAT! I recommend you print out a coloring page for you both because it makes kids feel big to work on the same thing as their mama. It’s about the process with toddlers, NOT making something perfect!
Paint Some Rocks
This rainy day toddler activity is fun for everyone in the family. The link below suggests painting garden markers in which case you could have your toddler be in charge of the solid paint color on each rock and then you or an older child can take care of the details. Feel free to just let your toddler paint some rocks however they want and display them in your yard when the weather clears up! Be sure to check out these painting tips before you get started!
Keep Some Rainy Day Toddler Activity Busy Bags On Hand
Different than a sensory bag, this toddler activity is a little bit more structured. For example, the busy bag featured in the link below helps kids play with pom-poms in a way that also reinforces color practice and pattern practice too through the concept of matching.
Explore Even More Rainy Day Toddler Learning Activities
These indoor learning activities for toddlers all endure you have plenty to do on every rainy day!
Try One Of These Easy Toddler Activities On A Rainy Day
So you still have a lot to get done when it’s raining?! Try this easy toddler activities for keeping your little one occupied while you get stuff done.
Don’t stress when the rain washes away your plans – enjoy doing these activities instead! These toddler activities could also be fun for getting a group of moms together and having a few activities available for them to enjoy with their toddlers. Best play date ever? I think so!
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