Yesterday it rained. And rained and rained and rained. The weather has gone from “play outside all day” to “hunker down in the house” in a hurry!

And since my kids are home with me all day, this presents a problem. My soccer-loving son can’t kick the ball around. My dog-loving daughter can’t work with the dog on her obedience training. So what do I do with the kids on rainy days? Lots!

Favorite Cheap Rainy Day Activities

Read Together. This is my favorite part of homeschooling. We grab a blanket and snuggle on the couch to read a good book. Then we get lost in worlds far away, as we read old favorites and new adventures. Right now my daughter and I are reading about the adventures of Eric Liddell. And my son is imagining life below sea, as we read Dolphin Adventure.

Watch a Movie. I honestly think the best money I’ve spent this year is a membership to Netflix and a $100 Roku box for the TV. On a rainy day, we don’t even have to leave the house to “rent” a movie. We just add an instant play movie to our Netflix queue, and watch the downloaded movie on our TV, via the Roku player. We’ve paid for the box already, with the number of movies we’ve watched.

This is especially great for rainy days (or even sick days), because we can change our lesson plan and add an educational movie to our day on a moment’s notice. If the weather stays nasty this week, we’ll be ditching the books for an afternoon to watch Chariots of Fire (to tie in with our Eric Liddell book…pretty clever, eh?).

Play Board Games. When the weather gets really nasty, I like to turn off all electronics, so I can hear the storm. So we gather ‘round the table as a family to play a board game. Sorry, Life, and Guess Who? are some of our favorites.

Bake. Have you ever noticed how kids love to help in the kitchen? Especially if it involves making something sweet. Baking on rainy days does triple duty. It provides you with a great snack, gives the kids something to do, and warms up a cold house. That’s why we love it!

What are your favorite rainy day activities?