Rainy Day Activities: 50 Fun Games to Play With Kids

Rain, rain, go away! It can be hard to think of rainy day activities with your kids when you are stuck inside on those rainy days! If you are looking for cheap indoor activities, then here are some great fun games you can play inside!

When it’s a rainy day, and you can’t go outside for fun with the children, then these fun games are a great way to keep you and your children from going crazy!

If you’re not sure which games to play, these are 50 fantastic options worth considering.

50 Rainy Day Activities to Play With Kids

 

  1. Hide and Seek

 

You can’t go wrong with a good game of hiding and seek. First, everyone finds a perfect place to hide, such as in the basement, under the kitchen table, or even behind the couch, and then have the “seeker” come and find you!

 

  1. Indoor Scavenger Hunt

Create an indoor scavenger hunt. Place items in different spots and see who can find each of these items first. Download the free indoor scavenger hunt printable now and get started!

 

  1. Tic-Tac-Toe

 

Grab a sheet of paper, a pen, and some markers and start playing a good old-fashioned game of Tic-Tac-Toe. It’s fun, easy to do without any equipment, and perfect for children of all ages.

 

  1. Charades

 

Have fun showing activities without saying what they are while everyone else tries to guess. A good game of charades lasts for hours and leaves the whole room smiling from ear to ear.

 

  1. Simon Says

 

Why not play a good ol’ game of Simon Says? Let each person in the household take turns being Simon to make things more exciting for everyone.

 

  1. Duck, Duck, Goose

 

Bring out your inner child with a traditional game of Duck, Duck, Goose. It’s easy for even young children to understand the rules.

 

  1. Connect Four

 

Even if you don’t have the gameboard, you can still play a good game of Connect Four with the family. See who can connect four colored dots in a row first.

 

  1. Jenga

 

Bring out the box of Jenga and start stacking those bricks. It’s a fun and simple game that keeps families occupied for hours.

 

  1. Homemade Obstacle Course

 

Set up a homemade obstacle course in the house. Of course, make sure it’s a safe one so that the kids can test their skills while having a genuinely good time.

 

  1. Dots and Boxes

 

Play a game of dots and boxes. All you need to play this game is a sheet of paper, some pencils, and markers. It’s that simple.

 

  1. Balloon Toss

 

Enjoy a game of balloon toss. Blow up a balloon and then play with it like it’s a hot potato, pausing the music at specific times. Whoever is still holding the balloon when the music shuts off is out of the game.

 

  1. Musical Chairs

 

Do you remember when you were in school, and you’d play musical chairs? Now you can do the same thing at home with your kiddos.

 

  1. Twister

 

Who doesn’t enjoy a good game of Twister? If you own the game, place it on the floor of your living room or dining room and have a fun time with the family. If you don’t, you can make your own with some construction paper!

 

  1. Chess

 

Play a strategy game with your kids! Who doesn’t love the game of Chess. If you have multiple boards, you can have different people in the household playing together and make a mini tournament.

 

  1. Checkers

 

Like Chess but even more straightforward, checkers is another fun game to play inside on rainy days when you want to keep your children entertained.

 

  1. Pin the Tail on the Donkey

 

Who says pin the tail on the donkey is only for birthday parties? You can set one up in the house, blindfold everyone, and see who makes it closest to the tail.

 

  1. Laser Tag

 

If you have kid-friendly laser guns at home, turn off the lights, close the blinds, and enjoy a good game of laser tag. If you don’t have laser guns, then just grab some flashlights!

 

  1. Nerf Gun Battle

 

Load the nerf guns with bullets and get into the battle of a lifetime. It’s a fun way to spend an hour or more running around with the kids.

 

  1. Mini Basketball

 

Grab a mini basketball and mini hoop and play in an area in the house, such as the playroom or the garage. If you don’t have a mini hoop, then use a laundry basket or similar!

 

  1. Indoor Bowling

 

Get ready for some indoor bowling. You can use plastic bottles as the bowling pins and use a pair of rolled-up socks at the bowling ball.

 

  1. Ring Toss

 

Keep busy with a good game of ring toss. See who can get the most rings on the bottles to win a small prize. Make your own ring toss game with some bottles and a cardboard ring.

 

  1. Candyland

 

Candyland is a top-rated board game for a reason. Children love it! So, if you have it at home, pull it out and get ready to have some fun. This is one of the best board games for really young children because no reading is involved!

 

  1. Mini Air Hockey Table

 

Play some air hockey with the kids on a mini air hockey table. Things can get competitive rather quickly!

 

  1. Darts

 

Enjoy a competition that involves throwing darts on a dartboard to see who can hit the target the most. It’s entertaining!

 

  1. Bean Bag Toss

 

If you have some mini bean bags at home, set up target areas with tape on the floor and aim your bags to those areas. See how many points each person can get.

 

  1. Hopscotch with Tape

 

Create hopscotch using tape instead of chalk. It’s a fun way to keep the kids active, even on a rainy, dull day.

 

  1. Hamper Toss

 

Put a hamper or laundry basket on one side of the room and see how many shots each person can make using a small ball or rolled-up pair of socks.

 

  1. Monopoly

 

Another great game to play on a rainy day; Monopoly never gets old. You might even have a few different versions of the game that you’d like to play with the family.

 

  1. Clue

 

Bring the suspense and mystery to your home with Clue. So if you have the board game at home, pull it out and get to playing!

 

  1. Ping Pong

 

Enjoy a ping pong battle that tests your speed and endurance. You’ll have the kids tired in no time when they’re playing this game.

 

  1. I Spy

 

Keep it simple with a quick game of I Spy. See what things you notice and vice versa insideyour house.

 

  1. Tag

 

If you don’t mind running around in the home, a game of tag is a great option. Be sure to let the kid take turns when it comes to who is “it: and who isn’t “it.”

 

  1. Block Building Competition

 

Have a block-building competition with your kids. Find out who can get as creative as possible using the blocks to build something unique or time them to see who can build a tower the fastest.

 

  1. Plastic Horseshoes

 

Play with plastic horseshoes inside the home. It’s as fun as the original game and safer for children because the horseshoes aren’t so heavy.

 

  1. Red Light, Green Light

 

Get the kids moving around and laughing with a good game of Red Light, Green Light. Children love this game!

 

  1. Tea Party

 

Okay, it’s not as much of a game as it is a relaxing thing to do, but having a tea party is a great way to spend a rainy day. It’s fun and can keep your little ones entertained even longer. Make some mini sandwiches and you don’t need to make dinner tonight!

 

  1. Cops and Robbers

 

Did you play cops and robbers as a kid? If so, show your children what it was like. They’ll probably love the game as much as you do.

 

  1. Wrestling Competition

 

Consider having a wrestling competition if your children love to wrestle. Be sure to set the rules in advance and create a safe space- visiting the hospital is not a rainy day activity I recommend!

 

  1. Ninja Skills

 

Play games that enhance ninja skills, such as indoor climbing and swinging. Use chairs and other furniture to have your kids show off their skills.

 

  1. Keep it Up

 

Toss the balloon in the air and do what you can to keep it from falling to the ground. The person who drops it is out of the game.

 

  1. Animal Hopping Game

 

Have your children hop like animals from one side of the room to the next. It’s a great way to get them moving around and having a good time while sharing lots of laughs.

 

  1. Balloon Volleyball

 

Play volleyball with a balloon, bouncing it from one side to the next. It’s a lot safer to use a balloon when playing volleyball in the house.

 

  1. Indoor Hockey

 

Use a plastic puck and sticks to play a game of indoor hockey. Instead of skates, you’ll wear socks and glide around the room.

 

  1. Balloon Hockey

 

Yep, you can even play hockey with a balloon. It will be more of a challenge, but that makes it fun and exciting, too.

 

  1. Floor Is Lava

 

Kids love playing Floor Is Lava. Make it fun by putting different obstacles around on the floor for them to jump from one spot to the next.

 

  1. Letter Learning Game

 

Place letters on the floor and have your children jump or do different movements to get to each one. This game is fun for younger children learning to recognize letters.

 

  1. Go Fish

 

Bring out the cards and play a game of Go Fish. It’s been around for decades for a reason!

 

  1. Speed Card Game

 

Teach your children how to play Speed, a classic card game. It can keep them entertained for hours.

 

  1. Sensory Bucket Game

 

Fill a bucket with sand and toys, and then have your children dig through the bucket to see what they can find. The sensory bucket is fun and improves fine motor skills.

 

  1. Sock Toss

 

Don’t forget about the sock toss! Roll your socks up and aim them at a basket or specific spot on the floor.

 

Rainy days can get tedious and it certainly is hard entertaining your kids all day long! With games like these, you don’t have to worry about feeling bored on a rainy day with the family! No more begging for the rain to go away with these great rainy day activities!

 

Hi! I am a millennial mom with a passion for personal finance. I have always been “into” personal finance but got inspired to start my blog after a period of extended unemployment. That experience really changed the way I viewed my relationship with money and the importance of accessible personal finance education.

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