Four Fun Things to Do With Kids at Home When It’s Raining Outside

mother and her toddler having fun at home

When it’s warm and sunny outside, the best thing to do is take out your family and enjoy the great outdoors. However, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows, and you need to have a backup plan for the rainy days. Fortunately for you and your kids, there are many fun activities you can do at home when it starts raining outside. Here are a few ideas!

Read Out Loud

mother and her toddler reading
It’s easy to put on a cartoon and let your toddlers have fun on their own. However, a much more entertaining and educational thing you can try is to read out loud to them. No matter how old they get, many kids love the coziness of having something read to them. Maybe that applies to yours, too! Give it a try and see how they respond. In time, you may even teach them how to read, and the roles will be reversed. They’ll be reading to you!

Kids Love Board Games!

a young family of four playing board games
The best thing about board games is that everyone loves them. At least, everyone can have fun playing them. Plus, it’s a niche way to give your (and your children’s) eyes a break from staring at a screen every day. Whether you go for an old-fashioned Monopoly game or something new that your kids are into, it’s a fantastic way to spend some quality time with your family.

Bake Cookies Together

kids shaping cookies out of cookie dough
When it’s dark and gloomy outside, there’s nothing more comforting than baking delicious cookies and enjoying them with hot chocolate. Instead of getting storebought cookies, however, you can whip them up at home and ask your kids to help! Sure, it will get a little messier than usual, but it’ll be worth the cleanup. You can also make cupcakes and ask them to help you decorate. It’s an amazing opportunity to let your children use their creativity and imagination.

Do a Learning Activity

a mother and her son playing a game of cubes
Why not use the opportunity to try out some hands-on learning activities while you’re “trapped” at home by bad weather? It doesn’t matter if you have a one-year-old, a toddler, a preschooler, or even an elementary school student — these are always fun and engaging for kids. It will help them develop their social, math, and reading skills in a seamless way. The best thing is, you can use virtually any type of material, from puzzles and legos to writing things on paper. In other words, it’s things you already have lying around the house.