A Kids Frugal Guide to Rainy Day Fun: 40 Things To Do

Rainy days can be really boring. And here in the Midwest we’ve certainly had our share lately. In fact, as I write this, the rain is pouring down and the noise is escalated by our wonderful sky lights. Yes, that was a tad bit of sarcasm.

So what can you do to entertain the kids on a rainy day that doesn’t cost a lot? Lots of things! I asked my two eleven year olds to help me brainstorm some ideas. Here’s a nice long list of things to do together when the weather is less the cooperative.

  1. Read a book
  2. Read a book together
  3. Do a science experiment
  4. Learn about a new animal
  5. Learn about different bugs
  6. Cook/Bake (provided there is no interruption in electricity)
  7. Cook/Bake entirely from scratch
  8. Try a new recipe
  9. Put in a funny movie
  10. Put in a funny movie and do voice overs for them
  11. Play a board game
  12. Create your own board game
  13. Play a challenging board game (perhaps one that takes longer to complete)
  14. Do a puzzle
  15. Write a short story
  16. Write a family story (each person write a chapter of the story)
  17. Do mad libs
  18. Draw pictures
  19. Color in a coloring book
  20. Organize your room
  21. Clean the kitchen or a bedroom
  22. Sort through old toys
  23. Play Hide and Seek using the whole house, maybe even with lights off and candles burning
  24. Tell ghost stories by candle light
  25. Play in the rain (please do not do this if it is lightening!)
  26. Dance in the rain
  27. Do some crafts
  28. Learn a new craft medium (try cross-stitch, working with clay, quilting, beading, etc.)
  29. Look at old pictures
  30. Check out the family scrapbooks
  31. Make scrapbook pages together
  32. Try making something new out of an old pair of jeans (ideas: purse, book cover, tote bag, stuffed animal – you can use glue to secure instead of sewing if you don’t know how)
  33. Try the same thing with socks, tshirts and also everyday items around the house
  34. Record family memories in a family journal
  35. Invite a friend to come and play with you
  36. Build a tent in your room and pretend your camping in the rain
  37. Do a word search or cross word puzzle
  38. Make your own crossword puzzle or word search
  39. Sing karaoke
  40. Write your own song and then sing for everyone

Spend time together! No matter what you do, my two eleven year olds suggest spending time together and the one key ingredient to a rainy day. Since on sunny days, with good weather, everyone is always outside or busy with other things.

Nicole Humphrey writes articles for the Scrapbooking Blog and for the Frugal Blog. She also guest blogs on a variety of topics. You can read more of her articles by clicking here.

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