Rainy Day Indoor Toddler Activities

Rain rain go away, or give us some really fun ways to play!  Btw, the plan was to try 5 episodes and land on our toddlers’ 3 favorite for the episode, but then… they absolutely loved them all.  So, here ya go.  Special thanks to Tess’ cousins for braving the storm and hangin’ with us! 

1.  Light Up Finger Painting

Drop a few blobs of paint into a plastic bag (two colors works great).  And the key it to hang it on a window so the light shines though.  It made the coolest, stained-glass effect.  Up the game with a few q-tips and they can practice mixing the colors, identifying shapes, even writing letters.  (I’m just kidding, Tess does not know her letters.) The best part– zero mess.  Marinate on that… paint without the cleanup. 

2.  Balloon on a String

This one is as straightforward as it sounds.  You just hang a ballon & string onto your ceiling and let the kids have at it.   Because of the materials, you’ll (obviously) need to supervise this, but it’s a pretty epic way of getting energy out. 

3.  Busy Mailroom

This is so cute and will totally make you look like a semi-overachieving mom on your next play date.  Start by stapling together some construction paper pockets.  Gather your old scrapbook paper, stickers and markers-  photos are a nice touch.  Our toddlers kept themselves so busy making, sending and receiving mail! 

4.  Color Sorting

Match the colored pom poms to the painted egg cartoon.  So simple, yet so impressive to a toddler. 

5.  Toilet Paper Threading

  • Straws
  • Empty toilet paper roll

I love this because it takes 2 minutes to set up. Just punch holes in a toilet paper roll, hand the kids some straws and let them go! This is great fine motor practice.  I now keep a bag of this under my bathroom sink for when I need to occupy Tess when I’m trying to get ready! 



Elle Walker is a co-founder at What's Up Moms and the mom to three kids (7, 4, 2). In her spare time, she loves testing out kids activities (often muttering, "Pinterest, you lie"), to find the best play that minimize set-up, reduce costs, and uses stuff up around the house.