Wow, how crappy has the weather been recently? We’re all for going outdoors rain or shine, but this wind has been so dangerous. In light of stormy season I’ve pulled together 5 rainy day activities for a pre-schooler. If you’re at home with a toddler/pre-schooler, these activities are great to do with them rain or shine. Perfect for regular ‘go to’s or just the occasional ‘we’re bored and we don’t know what to do’ activities.
I always love seeing other peoples suggestions of things they do with their pre-schooler. Sometimes it can be such a struggle to find inspiration of things to do. Do you ever feel like you’re in groundhog day, repeating the same activities day after day? I definitely do and I always love to get new ideas and inspiration of things to do from other parents and Pinterest.
Today I really wanted to share some of the things that I do with my pre-schooler on both rainy days and regular indoors days. I’d also love to hear from you below to find out some more fun, engaging activities.
5 rainy day activities for pre-schooler
1. Wipeable Books
Wipeable books are always our ‘go to’ on rainy indoor days. I love how much they can teach your pre-schooler, but in a fun way. We got out wipeable books from M&S and we also got some wipeable cards from Lidls.
You can get wipeable books on a whole range of subjects. We have books on letters, words, numbers, basic maths and telling the time. They’re great at teaching your pre-schooler key skills, from how to hold a pen, to how to for letter shapes etc.
We bought some of these for Evie when she just turned 2 and she’s been obsessed with them ever since. She’ll spend a good half an hour or so tracing the letters and numbers by herself. Half the time she spends alone with them (with me watching her so she doesn’t draw on everything else in the house) and half the time we sit together and I teach her things from them.
These books have not only taught her so many words but also how to write letters properly, how to write numbers properly and now she’s learning how to tell the time. They are more than worth investing in.
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We have a huge drawer of games! Most of them are ‘Orchard Toys’ games because I think they are absolutely fabulous. What I love is that they have games suitable for every age, from 18 months to 7 year olds.
What’s even better is that they are educational and fun at the same time. I have a post about my favourite Orchard Toys game here. But you really can’t go wrong with any of their products.
Evie has a few of their puzzles which she loves to compete solo. She also has games to play alone and also games we can all play as a family.
They’re perfect for pulling out on rainy days or winter days when we’re cosied up by the fire. It’s a great way to bond as a family and get her involved in a game we can all play together.
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If you’re anything like me, sometimes you really don’t feel in the mood for messy play. Things like painting and baking take a lot of prep and clean up. As much as I love doing them with my daughter (check out 3 Easy Toddler Winter Crafts here), there are some days when I’d really rather not get messy.
I think Playdoh is the perfect activity when you’re feeling like this, but want your kids to do something creative. I really love that Playdoh is so easy to set up and tidy away. Evie’s aunty bought her this box for her 1st birthday and it still gets played with all the time even two years later.
She absolutely loves making shapes and patterns with all the different cutters and stamps, but her favourite thing to do is to make pretend food (future chef maybe?).
We tend to just throw down a mat so Playdoh doesn’t get stomped into anything and its contained to one area. Evie will happily play with this alone for hours!
4. Busy Box
I made Evie this busy box when she was one years old and it is one of the best things I ever did. A busy box is something you can make yourself so easily. If you need ideas, definitely head to Pinterest and have a look. I made Evie’s by throwing lots of bits together from hobby craft and the pound shop.
Another great thing about a busy box is that you can take it out and about with you. We take ours when we’re heading to restaurants or when we’re visiting family so she always has something intricate to play with.
Evie will sit and play with her busy box for hours. Ours contains quite a few activities. Evie can make bracelets and necklaces with pipecleaners, beads and cut up straws. She can count pom poms into the empty painted toilet rolls, or even sort them into colours. There are numbers for her to sort and play with and we like to teach her counting with them and basic maths. There is plasticine and a mould so she can make shapes. She loves making little people! There are lollipop sticks so she can make different shapes, e.g. triangles, squares etc. And lastly there is coloured ‘learning lollipops‘ which she uses for colour recognition (she normally matches them to pom poms) or that she can use for pretend play.
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5. Pre-school magazine
Just like millions of other kids Evie is obsessed with PAW Patrol. Every month we normally pick up the PAW Patrol magazine. Sometimes we do change it up and buy something like the CBeebies one or a Frozen one, but we actually really love everything that is in the PAW Patrol magazine.
I have to say, these types of magazines are BRILLIANT. I never used to realise just how much they contained. They normally have a fun toy for your pre-schooler to play with , but they also have a huge range of learning activities for them throughout the pages.
The PAW Patrol magazine has lots of mazes, to help them practice using a pen. There are letters and numbers to trace. Games to play, like spot the difference.
There are also games you can cut out and play together and there are plenty of opportunities for teaching them to read, write, cut and many other skills. You can find these magazines in most supermarkets and newsagents. A new one is released every month.
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