Rainy Day Games

We always used to look forward to rainy afternoons as children, as they meant a great excuse to get out the board games and settle down for a long family session of Monopoly, Life or Ulcers! You don't need to have board games to make the most of those rainy days, though. We have some specific suggestions here, but you will find many more ideas in our Games section if you want more variety.

Anagram Challenge

Anagram Challenge

This is a very adaptable game, which can be fun at a party, mixed age gathering, a rainy afternoon or a plane journey! It takes a little preparation.

Age: 6+

Beanbag Toss

Beanbag Toss

If you really want to keep the kids busy, why not get them to make their own beanbags first by sewing two small rectangles of scrap fabric together before stuffing with dried beans or lentils!

Blow Football

Blow Football

This is a very simple game for two or four players suitable for children as young as 4. You can set it up anywhere and it should keep the kids amused for a while!

Guess The Petals

Guess The Petals

This is an excellent game for concentration, quiet, and learning about nature - although you don't have to tell the children that is what they are doing! Perhaps you could find a selection of flowers and compare the results? Play it on your own at home, or make it a party game.

Make A Beanbag Tossing Game

Make A Beanbag Tossing Game

This project is an excellent way for bored children to pass some time, as the planning and preparation of the game will take a while, and the game itself can be played on many different levels and stored easily for the future.

Marble Drop

Marble Drop

Making the "board" will keep the kids occupied for a while; and so will playing the game. Siblings of different ages can play this with each other quite happily.

Soap Bubble Contest

Soap Bubble Contest

Sometimes a bubble-blowing session can be just the thing - especially on a rainy day! We have lots of ideas here, including one for turning bubble blowing into a team event.

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