How to Have Fun on a Rainy Day

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It was a dark and gloomy day. No, really. The skies were filled with clouds, the air cool, and the sounds of the rain hitting the windows of our home was musical. I considered finding a show or movie for the girls to watch on Netflix while I did some house cleaning, but, instead, I chose to do something I had never allowed the girls to do. 

Rain, rain we want to play!

When it comes to playing outside and getting dirty, I am usually the parent who is uptight and would my kids find an alternative way to play. This day, I said, “What the heck!? Let’s learn how to have fun on a rainy day!”, grabbed the girls’ play shoes, opened the garage door and said “Run out there!”. The girls were running in the rain and yelled with excitement every time a raindrop hit their skin. Their dream is to splash in the largest puddle ever and I often have to tug them away from the ones they spot when we are out and about after a rainfall, otherwise, they would almost dive in them! Had I known playing in the rain would make them feel like they were having the time of their life, I would have allowed them the opportunity sooner.

How to Have Fun on A Rainy Day

How to Have Fun on A Rainy Day

What Is It?

I like to turn as many moments of the day as possible into learning time. Once we dried off and and the girls caught their breath, we started discussing what rain is and its origin. We looked at a couple pictures of clouds and I gave my best answers to their questions, but in the end, I leaned on a tool that has never steered me wrong.

Videos that Helped

When in doubt of how something works, look it up! My girls love to watch videos, so I love to find educational and kid-friendly YouTube videos . We used two videos, to help facilitate some fun and a lesson about rain. The second video is one of our favorites and I have used it for learning time for over a year to teach the girls about the weather.

Where Does Rain Come From?–Cine Kids

How’s The Weather?–Super Simple Songs

After running around in the rain and learning a bit about it, it was craft time!

Rainy Day Craft

Supplies We Used

Cupcake Wrappers

Glue Sticks

Cotton Balls


Watercolor Paint

Small Cup of Water

Printer Paper (legal size, but 8.5 X 11 size works just fine)

How to Have Fun on A Rainy Day

What We Did

We took our everyday household supplies and created a rainy day scene. We took our cupcake wrappers and folded them in half and glued them to the paper. What is an umbrella without a handle? I drew umbrella handles and then left the rest of the craft up to the girls. With the cotton balls the girls created a sky similar to the one we had that day. With the q-tips and paint, they finished their craft by adding raindrops.

Rainy Day Crafts

Our afternoon of fun and learning was all created on a whim. What could have been a day to stay inside and possibly go looney with all the energy we had stored up, we decided to have sporadic fun and make the best of the gloomy day. Rain, rain we loved our play! We learned exactly how to have fun on a rainy day.

What is your favorite thing to do with your time (and with kids) on a rainy day?

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  1. With my 5yo son, it’s put on our boots & raincoats to go outside and stomp puddles! We also will pull the car out of the garage and use the space for “dry” play. He and DH like to make their own mini golf in there and practice their putting skills.

  2. What a fun day, MommyWifeLife!! The girls look like they had a blast. Living in Seattle, we have A LOT of experience with rain. Sometimes we sing “Rain Rain Go Away!” and sometimes we put on our boots and go splash in the puddles. 🙂
    Very cute craft idea. We love it.

  3. Thank you! I bet you all do! I may need to invest in rain boots, take a deep breath, and allow the girls to do the same! Thanks for stopping by!