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7 Totally Weatherproof Indoor Games To Play

Written by Louise Winter

It seems as soon as we get excited about the sunshine and make ‘outdoorsy’ plans, the rain clouds arrive! If you’re left wondering what on earth to do with the kids, we’ve come up with some great games to play in the comfort of your own home to keep kids of all ages entertained.

Indoor bowling

Adorable toddler girl playing bowling at home

This game provides hours of fun for children (and adults) and can even be as competitive as you like 😉 You can either buy an indoor bowling set (buy here) or use empty water bottles set up in a line and a soft ball. Don’t forget – place some tape as a starting line so avoid any cheating! 😉

Dressing up stories

playing costumes

Get the kids using their imaginations and write a story – it could simply be their favourite fairy tale changed! They then have to act out their stories complete with costumes and props. Of course, you’ll need to put your acting skills to the test and join in with them!

Alphabet fishing


A fun and easy way to develop letter recognition and early reading skills, and even better its perfect for those rainy days! All you need are some magnetic letters (buy here), sticks or chopsticks, string, and paperclips. Tie the paper clips to your string and then tie (or glue) your string to your stick. Pour the magnetic letters into a big bowl…and let the children start fishing! The ‘catch of the day’ is the kids need to make words with the letters they hook out 😉

Play ‘Sardines’ – a twist on the traditional hide and seek

boy and girl playing hide and seek in closet

You’ll need at least four players for this game with one person hiding and the other players searching for the hider. When a player finds their friend hiding, they then need to hide with that player staying where they are until another player finds them and so on. The fun will continue until the last person finds everyone at which point everyone will be squashed like – sardines!

Board games

board games

Ditch electronic games and play with traditional board games. Snakes and Ladders, Guess Who, Monopoly…which games keep your little ones entertained?

Play ‘Bubbles’!


Playing this game is very simple and loads of fun! All you need is water, washing up liquid, a bowl and some straws! Put some water (about 2cm) in the bowl with some washing up liquid and mix just a little bit until bubbles start forming. Use the straw to gently blow bubbles (avoid drinking – it tastes yuck) and very quickly you’ll start making huge bubbles! You could even add a bit of food colouring to make different coloured bubbles!

Build a den

blanket fort

Drape blankets and sheets over chairs to make a cosy den for the kids. They can read books, play games and even nap (if you’re lucky!) however the challenge may be coaxing them out of their secret fort at teatime!

We hope you enjoy these brilliant boredom busters to keep the little ones busy if it’s miserable outside! Even better, if the sun decides to shine these games can be played in the garden too 🙂

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