Energy-Burning Fun Rainy Day Activities for Kids

Looking for some indoor activities for kids? Being stuck indoors on a rainy day shouldn’t stop you from getting the kids active, and having fun. Here’s 10 Energy-Burning Fun Rainy day Activities for Kids, guaranteed to have them bouncing off the couch(not literally!).

Energy-Burning Fun Rainy Day Activities

#1. Animal Impersonations

Animal FacepaintWrite down some animal names on pieces of paper, fold them over and put them in a bowl. Everyone gets a turn to pick a slip and they have to do the actions and sounds of that animal until someone guesses which one it is!

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#2. Sort the Laundry!

This fun “game” also gets the kids helping with the household chores. Put each child’s clothes into piles on the kitchen table. They can only take one item at a time and run to their bedroom to put them away. First one finished gets to pick the next game.

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#3. Simon Says

Kids ExercisingPick a leader and get them to come up with Simon Says activities. They could do 10 Star Jumps or hop for 1 minute, do 10 squats, touch your toes 10 times…you get the idea.

  • The leader must say Simon Says before the activity.
  • If they don’t, anyone who goes ahead and does it, is out of the game.
  • The last one left in the game wins and becomes the next leader.

#4. Pillow Fight

Get the pillows or cushions out for a good old fashioned pillow fight.

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#5. Indoor Hop-Scotch

HopscotchGet out the masking tape and create your indoor hop-scotch grid.

  • Use a beanbag or rolled up socks to throw.
  • Each child throws onto the grid starting with square one.
  • They then hop to 10 and back again, avoiding the square the maker is on, and picking up the marker on the way back.
  • The winner is the first one to complete all 10 squares.

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#6. Jump Elastics

This schoolyard activity is a great indoor game, and can also be played by just one person by using the legs of 2 chairs to hold the elastic apart. You just need a long length of elastic and follow the simple rhyme – Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, inside, outside, step on the rails!

  • For each country you must jump over one line of elastic
  • Inside: jump until both feet are inside the elastics
  • Outside: place your feet either side and
  • On the rails: place one foot on each piece of elastic.

Keep raising the level until you can no longer jump!

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#7. Make a playlist and have a disco

DiscoOn iTunes, SpotifyAudiolizer or we7,  create your own playlists of your favourite songs.

Why not pick 5 songs each that you all like, to add to your playlist, then put it on shuffle and have a Mini Disco in the house. Move back the furniture, and get dancing – have a best and worst dancer competitions, and get everyone to try the Can Can and limbo dancing ?

#8. Balloon Volleyball

Use a sweeping brush laid across two chairs as a net, and play volleyball with a balloon or soft beach ball. Make sure it doesn’t hit the ground! Balloon ping pong can be another variation, using wooden spoons to hit the balloon over the “net”.

#9. A to Z

A to ZSee if you can come up with an exercise for each letter of the alphabet that you can do indoors!

To get you started A is for Animal Moves, B is for Bend and touch your toes, C is for Carry clothes upstairs, D is for Dance around the room, E is for Exercise…show us your best exercise move, G is for Grab your toes…see what others you can come up with.

#10. Indoor Obstacle Course

Create an indoor obstacle course with plenty of climbing, crawling, hopping, jumping, falling on cushions/mattresses and let the kids have fun trying to beat each other’s times round the course.

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Over to you! Have you got suggestions for keeping kids active on a rainy day?Let us know in the comment box below!

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