Ideas for rainy days and Mondays

This Summer, from time to time, I’ll be re-running some of my favorite Simple Kids posts.  This post on rainy day fun seems perfect for the streak of Summer thunderstorms we”ve been having lately.  It originally appeared in April of 2012. Enjoy! – Kara

I don”t know what this time of year has looked like so far in your neck of the woods, but where we live the weather has been teasing us.  One week we”ll have gorgeous, sunny, blue skies with warm temperatures and the next week the skies will open up and pour freezing rain down upon us for three days straight.

This week is one of those cold, rainy, and gray ones so I”m digging up some of my best ideas for rainy days and Mondays – determined that they will not get us down!

I”m rounding up good ideas for indoor play and busting boredom on these rainy days and pinning them on my Rainy Days and Mondays Pinterest board.

Here are a few of our kid-tested favorites:

Ideas for rainy days and Mondays

  • Newspaper Acting ::: A Magical Childhood (just grab a newspaper and dive right in)
  • Paper Cities ::: Made by Joel (free printables with a variety of themes)
  • Secret Messages ::: (use pictures for younger kids, written messages for older, you could even try codes for an added element of fun)
  • Paint Chip Mosaics ::: Chica and Jo (don”t stop at paint chips – what else could you recycle into mosaic art?)
  • Story Stones ::: Fairy Dust Teaching (both the creating and the playing with the stones is fun)
  • Make Molly”s Friendship Bracelets ::: The Purl Bee (a terrific idea for older kids, one that takes me right back to my own childhood)

There are some terrific indoor fun ideas in the Simple Kids archives, too including:

Fancy and fun food

One of the best ideas for rainy days and the Mondays blahs is building a blanket fort in the living room.  We also recently had a movie marathon of our favorites.

Rainy days are also good for brewing some tea, baking cookies, and curling up on the sofa with your kids and a pile of favorite books.  That may be my favorite way of all to pass a dreary day.

What about you and your kids? What are your favorite rainy day activities?

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at

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  1. It’s grey and raining here today, Kara, and I’ve got all three kids at home. How did you know I needed this post! What a fun list of activities. Thanks!
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  2. My kids like to be ACTIVE. So they really like indoor skating (using cereal bags).

    Here’s how we do it:
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  3. My two-year old likes to take long baths on rainy days. We also will pull out extra blankets and make forts to read and play in.
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  4. Love your fun collection of ideas for rainy days… We are such readers and had two rainy days last week. Suddenly I am seeing a lot more trips to the library during the looming winter months!!! I’ve always wanted to keep outdoors and walking – this may indeed be our winter for walking to the library in the rain a couple of times a week!!!
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  5. That apple something or other your girls made looks delicious – and they look so proud.
    Julia I love your trick for indoor skating.
    Here are some other active indoor ideas – including indoor volleyball:
    Just because you’re indoors doesn’t mean you can’t jump around!
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