5 Fun Rainy Day Learning Activities + Bonus
If you have kids at home, you know rainy summer days are the worst. The kids quickly get bored of their toys, video games, and television. They start driving you crazy because they feel they have nothing to do. Of course, it is only natural to want to find something to keep their attention, but you don’t want their minds to turn to mush. Below you will find 5 of my top rainy day learning activities that the kids will actually ENJOY doing!!!
Make a rain stick
I know this sounds funny if it is actually raining, but this project is super simple and the results will keep them occupied.
- 1 paper towel tube (wrapping paper tube will also work)
- Construction paper
- Uncooked rice
- Tape (any type will work, but I recommend Washi tape or decorative duct tape)
- Crayons, colored pencils, markers, decorative tape (anything to decorate the rain stick)
1. Cut 2 circles out of the construction paper large enough to cover the ends of the paper towel tube with a little left over to fold over
2. Tape 1 circle over 1 end of the tube to create a bottom
3. Pour about a cup of uncooked rice into the tube (2 cups for a wrapping paper tube
4. Cover the other end of the tube with the other circle of construction paper and tape it on
5. Decorate the tube however you want
6. Tip the rain stick and hear the sound of rain as the rice falls down the tube
7. Have fun!
Make a mini tornado
Fun and educational! I had so much fun making these as a kid, and I am sure your kids will feel the same way!
Two 2-liter soda bottles without labels
Enough water to fill 1 bottle halfway up
Food coloring (optional)
1. Fill 1 of the 2-liter bottles up about halfway with water.
2. Put in a few drops of food coloring if you want the water to show more clearly (optional)
3. Put the 2nd 2-liter bottle upside down on top of the 1st bottle with the tops lined up
4. Duct tape the tops together. I recommend several layers of tape to keep the water from seeping out. You can also buy special connectors for the pop bottles for this project.
5. Turn the bottles upside down so the bottle with the water is on top. While holding the pop bottles, make a circular motion like stirring a spoon. The harder you stir, the tighter the tornado
6. Stop the stirring motion and watch the tornado
7. Have Fun!
Home-made play dough
Who doesn’t remember playing with play dough? Did you realize you can easily make it at home? This super easy project will result in fun for the kids (and yourself) for hours!
- Large mixing bowl
- 1 cup water
- 4 cups flour
- 2-4 tablespoons of cooking oil
- 1 ½ cups of salt
- Food coloring
- Glitter (optional)
1. Pour water into a large mixing bowl
2. Add food coloring to create the color you want
3. Add the flour and salt to the mix. You can stir a little to start mixing the ingredients, but it is not necessary.
4. Add between 2 and 4 tablespoons of oil to the mixture. This keeps the playdough soft and not crumbly. If it seems to dry, you can always add more oil.
5. Add glitter if you choose
6. Begin mixing everything together
7. Knead the ingredients together to create a soft dough
Home-made Silly Putty
Everyone loves Silly Putty. Creating air pockets and popping them is just so much fun. Not to mention the ooey gooey fun that is Silly Putty. This is a super easy project that will keep the kids entertained!
- Multipurpose Liquid Glue (like Elmer’s)
- Liquid Starch (I used Sta-Flo)
- Food coloring
1. Mix the glue with the food coloring until the color is even throughout
2. Pour the liquid starch into the colored glue mixture
3. Stir and let sit for 5 minutes
4. Pull the putty out of the mixing bowl and set it on a paper towel
5. Knead the putty in your hands for 5 to 10 minutes
6. Have fun!
Homemade Lava Lamp
Educational AND fun, this project will add flair to any room. Plus, it gives you quality time with your child or children!
- Flask or bottle
- Vegetable Oil
- Food coloring
- Alka Seltzer
1. Fill the flask or bottle most of the way with vegetable oil
2. Fill the rest of the container with water. The water will sink to the bottom, under the oil
3. Add a few drops of your choice of food coloring. Since food coloring is water-based, it will sink to the bottom of the container and color the water.
4. Beak an alka seltzer tablet into a few small pieces and drop them into the container one at a time
5. Watch your lava lamp erupt into activity! As the reaction slows, simply add more Alka-seltzer
Bonus Activity: Rubber Egg
This is a really neat experiment, but since it takes longer for the results, I decided to include it as bonus. Also, did you know you can write a secret message on the egg that will be there at the end? Before starting the experiment, just boil the egg for 10 minutes. Take the egg out and let it cool, then simply write or draw what you want on your egg with a crayon or small candle. Then complete the steps as listed below!
- Uncooked egg still in the shell
- Tall glass
1. Place the egg in a tall glass or jar and cover the egg with vinegar
2. Leave the egg in the vinegar for a full 24 hours (See the bubbles on the egg shell? That means it is working!)
3. Change the vinegar. Carefully pour the old vinegar down the drain and cover the egg with fresh vinegar.
4. Place the glass in a safe place for 7 days. Don’t disturb the egg, but pay close attention to the bubbles on the surface of the remaining shell
5. After the 7 days, pour off the vinegar and carefully rinse the egg with water. The outside shell is gone! The egg should look translucent!
6. You now have a rubber egg! Enjoy!
So, now you have all the fun projects and experiments to enjoy with your child (or children) on rainy days. Or even just on normal days. I hope you have fun and enjoy these moments with you kids. The time really does slip by too fast! Let me know in the comments if you want to see more ideas like this!
*This was a special guest post from Melleigha Nichols.
Melleigha “Mia” Nichols is the owner of Social Media by Mia, a social media management company specializing in helping owners of jewelry making and craft companies with their social media needs. When not working diligently for her clients or writing guest blog posts, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their many fur babies at home in Missouri. She also enjoys crafting and making jewelry in her spare time to keep her hands busy. “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop”. Proverbs 16:27