Don’t you just hate being stuck indoors on a rainy day?

As much as we all love a good duvet day, or a day indoors watching films, sometimes it can get a bit tedious. Nothing beats a bit of fresh air to brighten your spirits. Even if it is a bit blustery or wet.

My little family always tries to embrace the weather and head outdoors regardless of the conditions, but sometimes it’s not easy coming up with activities to do, especially when most attractions close off in Winter.

We’ve made a lot more use of our garden lately so that we’re still close to warmth, but get some valuable outdoors time. We’ve come up with 5 rainy day outdoor activities that will hopefully help you on one of those drizzly days when you need fresh air.

5 Outdoor Rainy Day Activities

All of these activities are inexpensive and for the most part just use things that you’ll have already around the house. All you need to do is wrap up warm and enjoy!


Chalk Puddles

This is the first time we’ve tried adding crushed chalk to puddles. We were so impressed with how vibrant it turned out. There are so many variations that you can try.

You can add multiple colours, add glitter so it sparkles or even add vinegar to make it bubble and explode.

Simply crush up some chalk and add it to the water, then let your child or toddler splash about to mix up the colours.


Mud Pies

Evie loves making mud pies. We got to play with the cutest mudpie station at Godolphin Estate recently and we’ve been desperate to make our own station in the garden but haven’t had time.

Despite not having a ‘state of the art’ mudpie station, Evie was more than happy to use a spoon and cupcake tin to mould some mud cakes. Then she added some ‘sprinkles’, aka ripped grass.

•Warning – We did have to watch her with this activity because she wanted nothing more than to eat the mud.


Musical Pans

This activity is so much more fun when it’s pouring down with rain. The rain tinkles on the metal and makes its own music. Evie loved trying out different sounds with spoons and spatulas, adding to the chimes of the rain.


Mud Painting

All you need is a piece of paper and a brush. Or if you’re feeling brave, just your fingers. Simply get some wet mud and smear it all over the paper. This is a really great sensory play activity, it’s so easy to set up, it’s free and even if you get super messy, it’s kept outdoors so you needn’t worry about your carpets or cleaning up too much!


Chalk Drawings

We bought some large outdoor chalks for £1 from hobby craft in Summer. Evie used to play for hours in summer just drawing on our garden paths.

You can get chalk in almost any supermarket. We’ve only just tried using the chalks outside in the rain. The rain gives it a really great effect and if you use several colours in the same space, the rain merges them together making a great piece of street art.

If you don’t have any outdoor clothing for your little one, be sure to check out ‘Wet Wednesdays‘ where we got Evie’s from. They are brilliant! I have no obligation to say this, we just love them so much!

What do you think of our rainy day activities? Do you go outdoors when it’s raining? What type of activities do you normally do?



  1. December 2, 2015 / 8:47 am

    We’ve never done chalk puddles before. What a great idea. The children love being out in the rain don’t they, and as long as they’re protected with good water proofs I saw why not!

    • December 2, 2015 / 8:28 pm

      The colours are so vibrant! It would be good to try this with lots of different coloured chalks. They really do love being out in the rain. Nothing beats splashing about in puddles. x

  2. December 2, 2015 / 9:09 am

    Love love love all of these ideas, very creative yet simple at the same time!! Love an activity with minimal set up! Those great big chalks are fab we will definitely have to get some of those next time we are in the uk! The chalk puddles are such a good idea!!

    • December 2, 2015 / 8:31 pm

      They’re so simple aren’t they. But hours of fun. I’m glad we finally have some things to do outside. It’s looking like it’ll be rainy for a while. x

  3. December 2, 2015 / 9:53 am

    Mud painting and chalk puddles are ones we haven’t tried – definitely going on the to-do list. We sometimes take bath toys out to play in big puddles with – though it does mean they need a good wash before going back in the bath. #whatevertheweather

    • December 2, 2015 / 8:32 pm

      That’s a great idea though, I’ve not thought of taking bath toys our. That’s being added to the list for sure. x

  4. December 2, 2015 / 10:39 am

    Aw these are such great ideas Chloe! I love the idea of the chalk stations and I think I’d personally quite like to make a mud pie! It’s so much better having messy play outdoors than in – I will definitely be revisiting this post once Taylor’s a little older #whatevertheweather

    • December 2, 2015 / 8:34 pm

      Thank you so much! Messy play is so much better outdoors. All you have to do is strip off the outdoor clothes and there is zero clean up! 😀 x

  5. December 2, 2015 / 1:41 pm

    I never thought of chalk puddles, what a great idea! We get plenty of rainy days here in Ireland in winter and, like you, we try as much as possible not to let them stop us. My kids are actually better than me at that: I get lazy, while they get heir wellies on and have a ball no matter what!

    • December 2, 2015 / 8:40 pm

      It’s so colourful isn’t it!! It’s so hard to think up activities. But it is so much fun getting outside regardless of the weather! x

  6. December 2, 2015 / 5:38 pm

    Never thought of chalk puddles before! Great idea. All of them are great things to do 🙂 x

    • December 2, 2015 / 8:41 pm

      Thank you so much! I hope you get to go out and try some soon. x

  7. December 2, 2015 / 9:37 pm

    Love the concept of chalk puddles! We’re in for a big storm here so I’ll have to get some out!

    • December 5, 2015 / 7:00 pm

      Evie loved them. You can make such fun colours with the chalks too. Perfect for stormy days. x

  8. December 2, 2015 / 10:38 pm

    Some fab fab ideas! I love all of these some of which we haven’t done! We just like you get out and about in all weather and Evie looks like she loves it! Her and Amelia would get on like a house on fire xx (commenting from Love 2 Blog as already commented on the one linked :)) xx

    • December 5, 2015 / 7:06 pm

      Thank you so much! Evie loves being out in the rain! They’d definitely get on. I always think that when I see Amelia running about the beach! I couldn’t imagine living away from the sea now I have a little one. x

  9. December 3, 2015 / 10:59 am

    All really very good ideas, it is sooo hard in the winter isn’t it. Mine don’t want to be thrown out the back quite so much as they used to now!!

  10. December 3, 2015 / 3:10 pm

    So many great ideas… I don’t know where to start! I think these are all terrific. Little button loves splashing about in muddy puddles so I think the chalk puddle idea will go down a treat. Thank you for sharing these #WhateverTheWeather x

    • December 5, 2015 / 7:13 pm

      Thank you so much!! It’s so hard to find outdoor rainy day activities online. I hope this helps. The chalk puddle is so good, especially if you merge together lots of different coloured chalks. It looks so vibrant. x

  11. December 3, 2015 / 5:08 pm

    Great ideas- will definitely be giving these a try. Thanks for sharing #whatevertheweather

    • December 5, 2015 / 7:16 pm

      Thank you so much!! It’s so hard to think of things to do OUTDOORS when it’s raining. But sometimes it’s nice to still go outside despite the weather.x

  12. December 3, 2015 / 10:25 pm

    These sound great Chloe 🙂 I particularly like chalk puddles, and the idea of adding vinegar is brilliant! I will have to try it out next time there’s puddles in the garden 🙂

    • December 5, 2015 / 7:19 pm

      Adding vinegar to chalk and water is so cool! It makes it bubble and explode like a little volcano. It’s definitely worth trying. A fun little experiment! 😀 x

  13. Jenny Eaves
    December 4, 2015 / 5:01 pm

    Great activities! We love using chalk in the rain too, fantastic colours! The mud painting looks great as well, hoping to do that one soon, although might be next year as it’s very chilly here now and not easy to paint with gloves on. We’ve played with pans inside before, but never thought to take them outside, will have to see if I can find some at the charity shop as I only have good pans and plastic co landers. 🙂 x

    • December 5, 2015 / 7:27 pm

      Chalk is so good in the rain isn’t it. It’s so bright and great for puddle jumping. We have pans outside ready for our mudpie station we want to build. I want to put like a little washing up area in the garden so we can make mudpies all year round. It’s such a fun little activity. x

  14. December 5, 2015 / 11:26 pm

    I love these! Thanks for the ideas. I am so bad with cold weather. I love the idea of mud painting, and chalk drawing. We used to do it at Forest Kids when we lived in Hackney. Evie looks so cute with that massive chalk in her hand! haha I am liking the idea of chalk puddle too – awesome! I will brave the cold soon – promised! 😉 xx Thanks for hosting. x

    • December 7, 2015 / 5:51 pm

      Thank you so much! Mud painting is so much fun. It isn’t as cold down here as the rest of the country, we’re quite lucky in that way. I’m always so impressed when I see people hanging out in the snow. xx

  15. December 6, 2015 / 2:21 am

    Chalk puddles sound fun. We rain paint with drops of food coloring on white paper. Kids really like it.

    • December 7, 2015 / 5:58 pm

      They are so much fun. That’s a brilliant idea! I’ve never though of rain painting before. I’m definitely going to try that soon. x

  16. December 6, 2015 / 7:44 am

    Great ideas! I’ll definitely be crushing some chalk up next time we’re stuck for something to do. We tried mud painting at an event over the summer, we did it onto paper. This wasn’t my cup of tea but as you say, it’s all outdoors and easy to clean away afterwards. With so much rain, we may be needing a row boat to get out in our garden soon! #whatevertheweather

    • December 7, 2015 / 5:59 pm

      Thank you so much! Chalk puddles are brilliant fun. Haha it has been so rainy. A boat is a must with this weather at the moment! It gets so boggy in the garden.x

  17. Cat - Squidge & Boo
    January 15, 2017 / 10:39 pm

    Some great ideas! Powder paint is another great way to colour up your puddles, we love making soggy rainbows. We haven’t done so for a while, you’ve given me a good reminder. We’ll definitely try some mud painting too 🙂 xx

  18. January 10, 2018 / 6:24 pm

    They’re all fab ideas. We don’t get much rain here in Portugal but I’d love to try the chalk puddles!

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