Free things for children to do on a rainy day

Sometimes you just need a way to entertain the children at home without any expense, preparation or mess.

Here are some easy ideas for fun activities kids can do on a rainy day which don’t require you to spend any money or take hours planning or clearing up. Why not bookmark this page for when you hear those dreaded words “I’m bored! What can we do?”

Let’s dress up Mum & Dad
Open your wardrobe door and let your children choose any of your clothes and dress you up! If you’re feeling really brave you can go one further and get out your make up & nail varnish!

Home picnic & camping 
Put a  picnic rug on the living room floor and serve up a packed lunch!  Make it realistic by wrapping the sandwiches in foil and pouring hot chocolate from a flask. Hang an old sheet over furniture to make a tent. Add a torch and a sleeping bag and let the kids sleep there overnight!

Easy iced biscuits
Make some small bowls of  runny icing in different colours. Put a selection of cake sprinkles and sweets on a tray. Open a packet of plain biscuits such as digestives and let the kids decorate the biscuits as their imagination dictates. (You can make your own biscuits or cakes of course but this is the quick and easy version.)

Water bubble fun
Fill a large bowl with water and place it on a towel to soak up spillages and stop it slipping. Blow bubbles in the water with a drinking straw. You don’t even need washing up liquid!

Pass the parcel
Why save it for parties? Pick something simple as the prize – maybe a packet of raisins or a sticker. Let your child do the wrapping up too using sheets of old newspaper.

Junk mail basketball
Here’s a great use for all that annoying junk mail. Screw it up into different sized balls and practise throwing them into an empty wastepaper basket. Once your child has got the hang of it, try moving the bin further away or adding smaller targets such as a saucepans.

Treasure hunt
When your child isn’t looking, hide some toys or sweets around your home. Keep it simple for pre-schoolers but for older children you can make up some clues. Remember that kids love setting the hunts too.

Skinflint cinema
Set up a “cinema” in your living room by rearranging the chairs and closing the curtains. Let your child make the tickets while you prepare snacks.  Maybe older children would like to make a poster or write a review?


But if you really just need to get out of the house, take a look at the rainy day ideas pages for your area: Cheshire, Manchester, Liverpool & Wirral, Flintshire & Wrexham

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