Blog Post

Rainy Day Ideas for Little Ones

welliesInspired by the rainy weather we’ve had here over half term, we’ve come up with a few ideas to help keep little ones entertained when the weather is rubbish outside…

Unless, there’s a torrential downpour, kids are often happy to go out as long as they dressed up properly in waterproofs and wellies.  I can remember many times when I was close to losing it inside with my little ones on a rainy day… We dressed up and went out in the rain, they loved it and I calmed down, happy to watch them splashing about in puddles or squelching around in mud.


  • Puddle jumping – put on raincoats and wellies and find some puddles to jump and splash about in – my children absolutely loved doing this when they were little (and still do it sometimes nowadays…)
  • Muddy walk – again dress up in raincoats and wellies and find a muddy path to squelch around in – allowing children to get as muddy as they want.  If you’re driving home, it’s worth putting some extra clothes in or a few towels to avoid too much mud in the car
  • Let them go out in the garden in the rain.  In the summer months, it’s generally not that cold outside when it’s raining.  My children have been known to strip down to their underwear and run around outside in the rain.  Again, lots of giggling involved and it helps burn off some energy.  Just have some towels close to hand for when they’re dripping and suddenly decide they’ve had enough.
  • Have a water fight in the rain – again, better in the summer when little ones won’t get too cold.  Running a warm bath for them to jump into afterwards helps warm them up afterwards.


  • An indoor den – hanging sheets or blankets over a table or between some chairs.  As with outdoor dens, children love making them and usually enjoy playing in them / eating tea in them afterwards.
  • Washing dolls / dolls clothes / trucks .  Fill the bath and let them have fun washing their dolls  / trucks – they / the bathroom may get wet but a quick wipe with the towel should sort things out.
  • Rainbow spaghetti – cook a packet of spaghetti, divide into separate containers – one for each colour you want to make.  Add some food colouring and a little cooking oil to stop the spaghetti sticking and mix together.  Little ones will love helping to colour the spaghetti and have lots of fun playing with it afterwards.  For more details see Rainbow Spaghetti 
  • Use some recycling items to make models – cereal boxes, plastic bottles, other shaped containers. Children can glue bits together and then paint
  • Baking and decorating biscuits or cupcakes – something my children always pester me to do with them over half terms or holidays.  Our aprons and tunic bibs can help protect budding chefs when cooking.
  • Some great messy play ideas – our mats and oilcloth will help protect tables and floors during these activities:
    • Play with gloop – mixing cornflour and water together.  Messy but lots of fun
    • Painting
      • Hands / feet was a particular messy favourite with my children.  We used to paint hands and feet, print them on paper and they could make other pictures using the hand or foot print as the starting point
      • Cut fruit and vegetables into different shapes and print
      • Self portraits
      • Paint using different cutlery – spoons, forks etc and other kitchen utensils
    • Make and play with play dough.  Here’s a recipe which has worked well for us  – Playdough
    • Make jelly and let little ones play with it afterwards – again, messy but lots of fun

Hope these ideas help make rainy days more fun with little ones!  Let us know of any other rainy day ideas which have worked for you – the messier the better!


Leave a Reply

Related Posts

Messy Mealtimes – Eating Outdoors in the Summer

Summer is a great time to let little ones get a little bit messier

fathers day craft
5 Fun Father’s Day Craft Ideas

Father’s Day is coming up soon – on June 16th this year.  Here are

10 Tips For Happy Weaning

There is sooo much information available now for weaning little ones – it can

easter tree
Easter Craft Ideas for Little Ones

Hot on the heels of Mother’s Day, comes Easter – another great opportunity for

Mother's Day heart print
Mother’s Day Craft Ideas

Mother’s Day is fast approaching (next weekend Dads!)… One thing that always goes down

messy me messy eating
Getting started with weaning – the different approaches explained

Like every aspect of raising a child, there are different ways to approach weaning.

Ideas for Pancake Day fun

I love Pancake Day – I have very happy memories of it as a

cooking with toddlers baking box
Cooking with Toddlers – 10 Fun and EASY Ideas

Cooking with toddlers can be fun.  It can also be stressful, chaotic and very

Valentine’s Day Crafts

Looking for some Valentine’s Day craft and baking inspiration for toddlers? Here’s our round up

choosing high chair
High Chairs – our tips for choosing the right one for you

There are hundreds of different high chairs available for weaning nowadays – with so

navy mat
Craft & Baking Ideas for Toddlers – January

January can be a difficult month with toddlers – the cold, short days make

ikea cushion and mat
Weaning little ones over Christmas

Whether you’re at home or away visiting friends and family, here are a few

Autumn Messy Play Ideas

It’s a beautiful, crisp, sunny autumnal day here at Messy Me HQ, which has

small business happy dance
My highs and lows of running a business

There are many mums out there successfully running their own businesses around their families.

picnic mat
9 ideas for summer fun with toddlers

We’ve had some gorgeous sunny days here at  Messy Me HQ, which has inspired

fathers day
Father’s Day Craft Inspiration with Messy Me

Father’s Day is coming up soon – on Sunday June 17th… Surprise Dad this Father’s

outdoor play mat
10 uses for our Messy Mats

A recent testimonial about our Messy Mats said “You don’t need to use the mat

navy mat baking
Our 9 Tips and Tricks for Happy Cooking with Kids

Cooking with Kids – Part II Last week, we talked about all the benefits of

7 reasons why it’s great to cook with your children

Cooking with children… Just the words can often conjure up a variety of different images

tunic bib and oilcloth by the metre
Home Made Easter Cards Ideas

With Easter fast approaching, we thought we’d share some ideas for home made Easter

Mother's Day craft
Mother’s Day Craft Ideas with Messy Me

Mother’s Day is fast approaching – often sending Dads and Husbands into a panic

Florence weaning
7 Things I wish I’d known about Weaning…

For those of you just embarking on the weaning journey, it can be both

Valentine’s Day Biscuits

Here’s a lovely recipe for delicious biscuits – with a Valentine’s Day theme –

tunic bib
Making pizzas with little ones

Pizza Fun with Messy MeIt’s National Pizza Day on Friday – which sounds like

ikea cushion insert
Why we love our new Mini Cushions for the Ikea Antilop

Our new Mini Cushion Inserts – designed for the Ikea Antilop are the most

ikea antilop cushion pastel roses
Common Weaning Myths

There is so much conflicting advice about weaning nowadays – so many different sources

navy oilcloth by the metre christmas
5 ways Messy Me can help this Christmas

Whilst Christmas with little ones can be a magical time – watching their little

Our Top Ten Items for Easy Weaning

Starting the weaning journey can be a daunting process – with so many different

Messy Trays & Sensory Boxes – Why We Love Them & Lots of Ideas

Here at Messy Me, we know how important it is to let little ones

Festive Red Stars Range – 15% off all orders

We’re starting to feel Christmassy here at Messy Me and our festive Red Stars

Messy Play Ideas for Rainy Days

We don’t need convincing that mess is lots of fun and so important for

Seasonal Superfoods for Summer

Eating foods with are seasonally available is a great way to get the nutrients

Messy Summer Outdoor Fun

We love mess!  In fact, we firmly believe that more mess equals more fun

british flag
Buying British

Here at Messy-Me, we are proud to exclusively manufacture in Britain.  This is something

grey oilcloth
Five reasons why our Oilcloth makes a great tablecloth

One of the things I love about summer is the chances to eat outside

Five things we love about our new High Chair Inserts

We’re really excited about our new High Chair Inserts which have arrived and are

Removing Stains from Oilcloth

What’s the best way to get rid of stains on oilcloth is a question

prima baby awards logo
High Chair Cushions & Clutch Bags shortlisted by Prima Baby Awards

prima baby awards logo We are thrilled that both our High Chair Cushions and Clutch

Sugar and Sugary Snacks for Little Ones

With sugar and sugary drinks featuring in the news so much this week, here

baby led weaning
Baby Led Weaning – Staying Relaxed in the Early Months

I have recently listened to a really great podcast interview with Tracey Murkett, co-author

mealtime mess
Managing the Mess at Mealtimes

Allowing children to be messy at mealtimes can send a shiver through even the

autumn leaves
Boosting your child’s immunity this Autumn

At this time of year – as the nights start drawing in, the days