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.

5 Rainy Day Activities For A Pre-Schooler

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.

5 Rainy Day Activities For A Pre-Schooler

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.

5 Rainy Day Activities For A Pre-Schooler

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.

5 Rainy Day Activities For A Pre-Schooler

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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2. Games

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.

5 Rainy Day Activities For A Pre-Schooler

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.

5 Rainy Day Activities For A Pre-Schooler

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.

5 Rainy Day Activities For A Pre-Schooler

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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3. Playdoh

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.

5 Rainy Day Activities For A Pre-Schooler

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.

5 Rainy Day Activities For A Pre-Schooler

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?).

5 Rainy Day Activities For A Pre-Schooler

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!

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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.

5 Rainy Day Activities For A Pre-Schooler

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.

5 Rainy Day Activities For A Pre-Schooler

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.

5 Rainy Day Activities For A Pre-Schooler

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.

5 Rainy Day Activities For A Pre-Schooler

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.

5 Rainy Day Activities For A Pre-Schooler

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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So that’s our 5 rainy day activities for a pre-schooler. If indoors isn’t your thing though, check out my post ‘5 Outdoor Rainy Day Activities‘ and ‘5 Things To Do Outdoors In Winter

Which of these activities are your favourite? Do you do any already or do you have any other fun suggestions? I’d love to hear them! Let me know below!



  1. January 3, 2018 / 9:31 am

    Thanks for sharing. I love all these ideas. We have lots of orchard toys games too. Play dough is still a firm favourite with my 4 year old.

  2. January 3, 2018 / 5:22 pm

    Baba has one of those cute puzzles and he loved it even if he is not super good yet. He is a bit small. And I am about to buy him some Play Doh. I am now off work and looking after him 6 days a week and it has been so bad so far this month we could not even go for a little walk sometimes. We both had the cabin syndrome and I was so happy when Grumpy Boyfriend came back home! LOL I did not even have wine in the house to relax!

  3. January 3, 2018 / 7:42 pm

    I always end up resorting to Play Doh. It makes such a mess but really keeps my eldest entertained! Some good ideas here. Thanks for sharing with #bloggersbest x

  4. January 3, 2018 / 9:12 pm

    Fantastic inspiration – my daughter loves Orchard Toys games and I can’t wait until she’s old enough for wipeable books too 🙂

  5. January 3, 2018 / 10:00 pm

    The wipe clean books are a great idea, start them young ready for school! My son always loves magazines, I can’t go to a shop wihtout him picking one up.

  6. January 4, 2018 / 6:38 am

    Evie’s Busy Box looks awesome. My preschoolers love to draw and color, so our rainy days usually involve dragging out tons of art supplies and making a big mess at the kitchen table.

  7. lporter586
    January 4, 2018 / 8:33 am

    Great ideas – I am going to start Sophie on the wipe clean books soon, just need to keep an eye on her with the pen lol. She is obsessed with Play-Doh I must get her some more x

  8. January 4, 2018 / 12:07 pm

    I love the ideas here! Especially the wipeable books, puzzle pieces and magazine. I’ll definitely take a look at getting some of those for family members.

  9. January 4, 2018 / 12:28 pm

    I love wipeable books – we have a couple – and Orchard Toys do some really lovely games! Fab tips.

  10. January 4, 2018 / 4:46 pm

    The busy box is always such a fab idea. We used to do that too. Playdough is also a classic, my kids used to love that! I feel a bit old now. Mine are almost 8 and 11!!

  11. January 4, 2018 / 7:09 pm

    Some great ideas which my two would love doing. They got some of the orchard games for Christmas and it’s all they have been playing with! #thursdayteam

  12. January 4, 2018 / 9:18 pm

    Playdoh is the best creation ever! And I’ve never heard of the Busy Box, but it looks great to hone the creative side of pre-schoolers!

  13. January 4, 2018 / 9:58 pm

    My eldest loves play doh so much but we have to restrict it to her little sisters nap time. #BloggerClubUK

  14. January 4, 2018 / 10:58 pm

    Oh we have a Paw Patrol fan here too! Love the busy box. Definitely going to make one.

  15. January 5, 2018 / 11:54 am

    Yes to kids magazines as a treat. Yes they are pricey but they have several different activities such as writing. Colouring in and reading. Plus the toy tat seems to be popular after several months runs, win win X #Thursdayteam

  16. January 6, 2018 / 9:11 pm

    I agree about going out whatever the weather but as you say this wind has been intense! I’m a huge fan of wipeable books, anything that can be used over and over is a winner for me. I’ve never heard of a busy box before but I think it’s pure genius! But colouring is always the best for us. My two will sit and colour for hours some days.
    Thank you for linking up to #ThursdayTeam.

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