Rainy Day Fun – Indoor Gross Motor Activities

active rainy day activities It’s been raining like crazy all weekend. When it gets like that even here in the Pacific North West  where kids are accustomed to it they get antsy. Antsy kids get into trouble real fast… so keep them busy and learning with these fun indoor gross motor activities. As I was compiling this collection I started noticing how many of the ideas came from Jamie over at Hands On As We Grow instead of just listing her blog over and over I decided to do a round up featuring her work with some of our old favorites thrown in. Pop over to her blog for even more ideas to keep your kids moving and learning  Hands On As We Grow .

 

Obstacle Courses

Learning Obstacle Course
Simple Obstacle Course For Crawlers
Activity Course with Balloons

Scavenger Hunts

hands on as we grow scavenger hunt for kids
Indoor Bug Hunt
Book Hunt
Spy Game Scavenger Hunt    (pictured above)
Rainy Day Puzzle Hunt
Rhyming Scavenger Hunt

Target Practice, Balance, and Concentration

balance activities

Walk The Line
Newspaper Throwing
Move & Learn Shape Recognition
Color Toss

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Throw paper at A Sticky Spider Web ( this is one pictured above is one of my favorite posts of all time, anywhere!)
DIY Balance Beam
Spider Web Walking
Family Bowling

Letters, Numbers, and Movement Oh My!

gross motor letter game for kids

Move and Groove Letter Recognition Game
Sight Word Treasure Map
ABC Tape Maze
Word Scavenger Hunt

word hunt hunting for letters
Sight Word Match
Indoor Gross Motor Reading Game
Number Maze Inside!
Counting Around The House
How far can you jump? Movement and math!

Rainy Day Activity For Kids { Puzzle Hunt }

summer activities for kids insideRainy days at our house always start with happy play but by early afternoon my kids have used up their patience with each other and mine isn’t far behind. This puzzle hunt took 2 minutes to set up and they played 3 times. More importantly the bad attitudes we were all developing were stopped in their tracks. It’s the perfect easy rainy day activity for kids. It’s also a great way to use puzzles. We used wooden puzzles but if you have older kids it would be fun to try a jigsaw puzzle instead. Another thing I love about puzzle hunts is you know if you forgot to find a piece because the puzzle won’t be complete.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some puzzles . <— pretty easy right?rainy day puzzle hunt
  2. Pop all the pieces our and start hiding them. rainy day puzzle hunt activity for kidsI send my kids up to the playroom while I hid them. Hide some in tricky places and some in plain sight if you have younger kids.  hidden pieces
  3. Time to search. rainy day puzzle hunt for kidsThey started out trying to beat each other and I reminded them that they are working as a team to beat me.rainy day gross motor If they find all the pieces then they win , if not I win. That did the trick and they were a team from then on. scavenger hunts for kids
  4. They took breaks every now and then to count how many we had already found and how many were still missing. rainy day puzzle hunt for toddlers
  5. Complete! If anything makes a parent burst with happiness it’s an unprompted hug between siblings that isn’t part of an apology. rainy day cooperative play

Other ways to play include having your kids hide the pieces and you find them , take it outside ( you may want to pop the pieces in a Ziploc or 5 ) , and include words on each to create a secret message .

On long summer days especially if you are stuck inside for whatever reason simple play like this goes so far in improving moods, recharging a bad day and getting kids to work together. For more rainy day ideas ( and sunny day ones too )  check out our Pinterest boards !