Rainy Day Activities for Toddlers

Rainy Day Activities for Toddlers 

We've had a lot of rain over the past few weeks and I'm sure we're not the only ones starting to get a bit of cabin fever so I've put together this post of fun, rainy day activities to entertain your little one. 

 Masking Tape Roads

Grab a couple of rolls of masking tape and get creative with designing roads all over your lounge. This is a great opportunity to practise prepositions with older preschoolers too e.g. between, over, around, through, under etc. 

Bubble Wrap Road 

Bubble wrap roads make for a fun sensory experience. Simply tape a length of bubble wrap to the floor and add a few cars, trucks or tractors. We went for a farm theme. Visit the full blog post for more 'Wheels Day' inspiration.

Make a Light Box 

Create a simple light box at home out of an old plastic container and a bunch of LED, battery operated lights. My toddler spent ages playing with his different coloured plastic bowls on top. You could also create your own shapes by using coloured cellophane and popsicle sticks. Click here to see image.

Paint in a Bag 

Does your little one love painting, but you don't want all the mess inside on a wet day? Squeeze some large dots of paint onto an A4 piece of paper. Carefully slide into a large zip lock bag and zip shut. Tap it down to a table and let you toddler have lots of fun squishing the paint around in the bag. 


There are so many different things you can do with playdough. Pictured below is a photo of our baking themed playdough day. I gave my little boy cupcake cases, plastic measuring spoons, straws (birthday candles), cookie cutters and sprinkles. We spent the morning having fun while baking birthday cakes and cupcakes. 

Our favourite no cook playdough recipe

2 cups salt
1/4 cup cream of tartar
1/2 cup oil
4 cups boiling water
4-5 cups of flour

Add all ingredients into a bowl, except the flour. Stir the mixture until the salt has completely dissolved. Add four cups of flour and mix well. Continue to carefully add the leftover flour until a desired consistency has been achieved

Build a Hut 

My little boy loves making huts! We read stories together, colour in, draw, eat snacks and play with his toys that either light up or glow in the dark. 

To make our hut we put a sheet over the top of the couch and run it across to the window. We use the windows to hold the sheet, by putting a corner of the sheet out each window and then shutting the window. Once our hut has a roof we put down cuddly blankets and add our cushions. 

A Box of Tissues

You'll be amazed at how long a plain box of tissues can entertain your baby all toddler for. They'll love pulling out the tissues and then throwing them around. It may look messy, but it only takes a couple of minutes to pick them up again. 

 Caterpillars in the Kitchen

Do you still have monarch butterfly caterpillars outside? Bring a piece of your swan plant inside, put it in a mason jar filled with water and observe them. We've had a few in the kitchen over the past week and were even lucky enough to see a caterpillar make its chrysalis. They're lots of fun to watch, especially for older preschoolers. 

Balloon Animals and Flowers

I bought a packet of long balloons from The Warehouse for a couple of dollars, including the balloon pump. There are lots of easy to follow videos on YouTube and children of all ages love balloon animals. The dog is a really easy one to start with. 

Bake Cookies Together 

Spend a morning baking cookies with your little one. Our favourite chocolate chip cookie recipe is Chelsea Winter's. We also love baking gingerbread men, cinnamon scrolls or cheese scones. All of which are easy for your children to help make too. 

Art in a Box 

Grab an old cardboard box out and give your toddler some colourful felts and crayons to draw until their heart is content. Another activity that involves very little mess or clean up on a wet day. 

Play Kitchen 

Toddlers often want your attention when you're cooking a meal, which can make things a little bit hard sometimes. Instead of always trying to get my toddler to stay out of the kitchen I now let him join in with 'helping to cook dinner'. An old potato box, couple of pots, vegetable peelings and a little bit of water can make getting a meal in the oven a lot easier. 

Create Your Own Small World

There are lots of ideas on Pinterest for small world play. We created a small world farm scene using oats, grass and plastic farm animals. Lots of opportunities for role play and oral language. 

Water Play in the Bath

Water play is very popular in our house, but to save him getting wet every time he wants to go outside to play with his water table in the rain we sometimes do it in the bath instead. We had lots of fun building with blocks in the bath. Some of our other favourite bath activities include: adding ball pit balls to the water, creating coloured bath water with a couple of drops of food colouring, making a duck pond by colouring the water blue and adding the rubber ducks or drawing on the side of the tub with bath crayons. You can pick these up for under $10 from Mighty Ape. 

Teddy Bear Picnic

Make teddy bear shaped sandwiches, biscuits and a jug of pink lemonade together. Put down a blanket in the lounge, grab your favourite teddy bears and have your own teddy bear picnic. You could even have your teddy bear picnic in your hut! 

Play in the Rain!! 

Sometimes you just need to get outside with your little one and play in the rain. Jump in the puddles, splash each other or create a mermaid lagoon (as pictured in the photo below). This was in the middle of summer so it wasn't cold, but we will be investing in some Mud Mates this winter so we can still have fun outdoors, even when it's raining. It didn't look overly tempting when my toddler grabbed my hand and started dragging me out into the rain, but we had so much fun together. Sometimes you just need your children to help you to bring out your own inner child x. 

 What are your favourite rainy day activities? Duplo, reading books and doing puzzles have also been very popular here this last week. We'd love to hear what you've been doing. Something on our to do list is also to go to the Mitre 10 Cafe - hot chocolate for me, a fluffy for my little tot and an indoor playground! Hopefully the sunshine will be back soon, but in the meantime make the most the rain too x 

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