Rainy day activities for toddlers  

March 23, 2017

When I see a week with numerous rainy days I have to admit I panic slightly. I’m not very good at just staying in the house and I need to have an activity planned otherwise they (and I) go a bit mad!

This week I thought I would try some new rainy day activities; using inspiration from Instagram, Pinterest and local activities I’ve seen and heard about… Here’s what we’ve tried.

Sunday – Playdoh 

We decided to have a creative afternoon with play doh and colouring. You really don’t need much for this and it kept Amelie amused for AGES.

What you need:

  • A few colours of play doh, I think the smaller tubs great as Amelie (me) always leaves it out for too long and it goes hard, so I feel less bad when its a smaller tub
  • A cutter (you could also use a knife)
  • A roller (you could use one from your kitchen if you don’t have a play doh one)


We decided to make a rainbow with the different colours of play doh and we also made plates with ‘sausages’ on (at Amelie’s request). It’s such a great activity to spark their imagination.


Monday morning – Children’s centre 

We probably did the most today and Amelie was shattered! I had heard that our local children’s centre had an open play morning on Monday morning and they did an arts and crafts activity every week. We love the sensory room there so we thought we’d go there as well.

Planting flowers for Mother’s Day

The arts and crafts activity for this week was decorating a plant pot and then potting a plant.

What you need:

  • Plant pots (lots of garden centres give away the ones they don’t use for free so have a look)
  • Some soil
  • A couple of cheap plants from the supermarket
  • Prit Stick
  • A few sequins to stick onto the pot



Amelie absolutely loved doing this. I don’t know why we haven’t tried this at home as we really didn’t need much and it kept her amused for ages! She really enjoyed spooning the soil into the pot and watering her plant. It was great as she could do it all on her own and she was very proud of her creation.

Sensory room

We go to the sensory room lots as both Amelie and Evie love it there.

They both like to watch all the lights and bubbles and there are lots of toys for them both to play with.


Amelie was so shattered after our morning of fun she slept for two and a half hours! It just goes to show that being mentally stimulated can wear them out as well!

Monday afternoon – Pasta & rice play

What you need:

Anything from your store cupboard! We used:

  • Pasta
  • Risotto rice
  • Quinoa
  • Spagetti
  • Tupperware
  • And a big bowl


I’ve seen this idea on Instagram so thought I would try it with Amelie as she loves to bake and is very precise so I thought she would enjoy spooning risotto and pasta into various bowls.

I left it to her to see what she would do, this is what she did…

Firstly she spooned each ‘ingredient’ into the bowl and created layers.


Then she started to pick up the dropped quinoa one by one and kept saying ‘My pick up tiny balls’. This burned about 15 minutes ?


She then turned her creation into a man with pasta hair! She also described it as flowers which I think was also a fairly ‘accurate’ description!


And finally with a little help from me we put all of the left overs into a big bowl and Amelie had fun stirring it all up and mixing it together.


This was such a cheap, easy activity and used everything I had in the store cupboards so I didn’t need to buy anything or leave the house to get it set up.


We love reading books and Amelie was quite tired so we had a good half an hour reading in her room, this is a perfect activity for tired toddlers.

What you need:

  • Amelie is very lucky to have a well stocked bookshelf but you only need a few books…


Her favourites at the moment are; Princess Polly Potty, the Little Miss books and anything Peppa Pig!


Evie watched either from her jumperoo or had a lie down next to Amelie.


Thursday – Baking

We love baking in this house and our favourite things to bake are little fairy cakes and shortbread. We chose shortbread as Amelie likes to cut out the biscuits with playdoh cutters 🙂

What you need:

  • Pastry or play doh cutters
  • Rolling pin
  • 4oz butter
  • 2oz caster sugar
  • 6oz plain flour
  • 1/4 of a bag of chocolate chips (or in our case whatever Amelie wants to put in)


First we lay out all the ingredients, Amelie is only happy when she is doing something or helping.

Then we mix the butter and sugar together.


Once thats stirred (with a little help from me) we stir in the flour and add chocolate chips – individually 🙂


Then we roll out the pastry and Amelie gets cutting.


I bake them in a 190C oven for about 20 minutes, then we eat them!



I was really pleased with how well these toddler activities went down with both girls. Amelie loves being creative so these were perfect rainy day activities for her.

What do you do on rainy days?

Sarah xx

rainy day activities for toddlers

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  • Reply stressymama March 27, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Brilliant ideas. I hate staying in too so love having activities planned in advance. The day can seem really long otherwise haha. Loveky photos x #MarvMondays

  • Reply Intrepid Bebe March 27, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Some great suggestions-where is the lovely bookshelf from? #marvmondays

  • Reply babiesbiscuitsandbooze March 29, 2017 at 9:39 am

    These are great ideas! We often get playdoh or paints out when it’s raining. My little one is just 16 months so he’s still not great at baking and stuff. We love reading too so that’s always a good activity! #FamilyFun

  • Reply Angela Watling March 30, 2017 at 6:29 am

    Some great ideas! I must try the bowls of pasta etc for mixing together. I fear the mess but think my daughter would love it! We’ve baked together once before but hope to try that more over the next few months as she gets older too. Great tips! #FamilyFun

    • Reply sarahsurreymama April 4, 2017 at 8:39 pm

      Thanks for reading! Yes there was quite a lot of mess but she really
      Loved it! X

  • Reply Alana - Burnished Chaos March 30, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    Lots of great ideas and even more fantastic pictures. Looks like you had a really fun week x

  • Reply My Petit Canard March 31, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Wow! So many fun activities for little ones. With half term starting for us today, I dont think this post could be any more perfectly timed. I’m sure we’ll have lots of rainy days over the holidays so this will be a great post to come back to for some ideas 🙂 Fab post, thanks for sharing it on #MarvMondays. Emily

    • Reply sarahsurreymama April 4, 2017 at 8:38 pm

      Thanks! Hope you’re having a good half term so far x

  • Reply The Queen of Collage April 1, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Wow you’ve done so many lovely activities together. #FamilyFun

  • Reply Rainy day activities for toddlers #2 May 4, 2017 at 2:10 pm

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  • Reply Lorraine Foster July 10, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Fab post, some great ideas xx

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