10 of the best rainy day activities to do with kids

Child in the rain holding an umbrella

Yes, it is possible to have fun on the soggiest days of the great British summer. These ideas from Mumsnetters will turn the merriment up – even when it's tipping it down

1. Relish the rain and get stuck in the mud

1. Relish the rain and get stuck in the mud

“Puddle-jump in raincoats and wellies.”

“Thrill your children with a 'muddy walk'. Put on old clothes and waterproofs, jump in all the mud and get as dirty as possible. Hose down afterwards if necessary.”

2. Make a scrapbook

2. Make a scrapbook

“Make a scrapbook and stick in photos, tickets, drawings and mementoes of all the places you visit over the summer.”

3. Have a movie day

3. Have a movie day

“Drag the duvet downstairs, pick a couple of films and sit and relax in front of the TV all day.”

4. Sharpen your card skills

4. Sharpen your card skills

“Play cards. Snap for littlies, UNO for middlies – and everything from Rummy to Beat Your Neighbour for older children. Or play a family game of Cheat: children love the idea of having to cheat – and catching Mum or Dad red-handed.”

5. All aboard

5. All aboard

“Just go for a ride on a local train, or take a bus trip – smaller kids love it.”

6. Hit the pool

6. Hit the pool

“Find your local (indoor) pool. It wears them out like nothing else – and also doubles as a good wash.”

7. Get the glitter out

7. Get the glitter out

“Let them scribble. Stick up as large an expanse of blank paper as possible and turn it into a 'graffiti wall'.”

8. Imagination stations

8. Imagination stations

“Raid the dressing-up box and help them put on a play. Older children can write the play themselves, make tickets, even film it; little ones can act to you reading out a favourite book.”

9. Ready, steady, cook

9. Ready, steady, cook

“Start cooking – cake, biscuits, Rice Krispies cakes, pizzas – it keeps them entertained and you get to gorge it all later.”

10. Still going? Time to burn off that energy

10. Still going? Time to burn off that energy

“Make an obstacle course – sofa cushions to climb over, a blanket to scramble under, something to jump across, a tower of bricks to build… We used to drape a blanket over an old-fashioned wooden clothes horse and it became a tunnel to wriggle through! All great fun.”