Rainy days are an unfortunate part of life, and even more so during winter when it’s chilly and dark. However, when the soggy weather settles in, this doesn’t mean you need to spend all day staring at screens or scrolling through social media.
Here are 11 fun ideas for things to do when it rains for endless entertainment that makes the most of your time!
Fun and fulfilling things to do when it rains without using a screen
When’s the last time you got a little crafty and built something new? See what materials you have lying around the house and start a little project. With a piece of wood, some nails, and some string, you could easily make graphic string art, for example.
If you want to give yourself an extra challenge, try out our 3D Leo series. You can build your own three-dimensional mechanical lion from laser-cut wood pieces, learning about the scientific genius of Leonardo da Vinci at the same time.
You’ll create a machine that moves on its own paws, while going on a journey through your own da Vinci-style workshop!
This is another old-school activity that’s great to do when it’s raining. Dig out a pack of cards and round up your partner, family, or flatmate for some classic games.
You could teach yourselves the classics like bridge or poker, or keep it simple with go-fish. No one to play with? No problem. There are plenty of fun solitaire games — best played off-screen, of course! Learn the rules to the classic solitaire patience game here.
Play board games
Alternatively, you can dust off those board games sitting in the cupboard and play a game of Monopoly or Cluedo.
This one is not a solo activity though, so you’ll need to enlist someone to play with you. Many board games offer hours of fun and this is a great way to spend time with friends and family.
Explore your spirituality
Ever wondered about the power of crystals? Or the mysteries of divination? While the rain beats down outside, you can go on your own exciting and unique journey into other realms.
Betterly’s Power of Divination series lets you explore the past, present, and future, and gain insight to take charge of your destiny. The boxes contain the tools you’ll need as you navigate this new journey, from candles and perfumed salts to protective charms and a dream journal.
Or you could try our Energy of Crystals series to explore the natural and ancient powers of crystals to help you restore balance in your life.
Dancing is not only brilliant fun, but it’s great exercise. Best of all, anyone can dance, whether in a studio or their own living room and you don’t need any special equipment — just your body!
Thanks to modern technology, it’s never been easier to learn to dance, even if you have two left feet. You’ll find plenty of videos online leading you through virtually every style of dance, from salsa and hip hop to belly dance. Look for formal online courses, or check out free videos on YouTube or TikTok.
Write a letter
Resurrect the ancient art of letter writing and pen a note to a friend or family member. It’s a great way to get in touch with someone you haven’t spoken to in a while, or simply show you’re thinking of them.
There are also few things as personal as a written letter, and your recipient will be thrilled to get something in the post that isn’t a bill or junk mail.
What better to do on a rainy day than improve your indoor space? You can take the opportunity of foul weather outside to transform your bedroom or living room, and make it a nicer place to spend time.
Redecorating doesn’t have to be something major like repainting your walls or changing your furniture. Even small changes can make a difference and brighten up a gloomy room. For example, a potted plant, a few pictures, or colourful bunting can do wonders!
Why not double dip and combine decorating your room with a fun crafting activity? For example, try Betterly’s Paper Craft series or Paint and Color series and make beautiful DIY decorations to showcase your personality.
Knitting has seen a resurgence in recent years, and for good reason: it is fun, creative, and at the end of it all you have a cozy knitted item to show for your efforts. It’s even been shown to have a range of benefits for our physical and mental health, from reducing depression and anxiety to lowering blood pressure.
Another plus of this craft is that all you need is a pair of knitting needles and some yarn. You will need to learn a couple of basic stitches — check out this tutorial for complete beginners — and get some practice. In no time, you’ll be whipping up hats, scarves, gloves, and more for yourself or as gifts for your loved ones!
If knitting sounds like too much of a challenge, you could try crochet instead. This craft is easy to learn: you only need to know one basic stitch, and then repeat it over and over.
Similarly, with just a crochet hook, a needle, and a little patience, you can make a range of woollen things, from accessories to home décor items.
Make your own soap
When we think of things to keep kids entertained on a rainy day, we largely think of making stuff, whether with play dough or finger painting. Some of the best things to do on a rainy day for adults involve getting creative too!
Making your own soap is not only a fun activity, but it’s all-natural, sustainable, and zero-waste too! All you’ll need is some coconut oil, olive oil, sodium hydroxide and the essential oils of your choice.
If you struggle to stay on top of your to-do list and have an inbox full of unread emails, now’s your chance to sort it out! This may not sound like the most fun thing to do when it’s raining, but getting your life organised is deeply satisfying.
If you’re not sure where to start, make a good old-fashioned list: write down all the things you need to do, from making that overdue dental appointment to cleaning the oven. Then, start chipping away at it.
If you feel overwhelmed, take it one step at a time. Remember, the way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time!
What are you waiting for?
There are plenty of fun, exciting, and rewarding things to do when it rains. So don’t despair when the showers start, but instead think of this as an opportunity to have fun and maybe even do something creative or productive.
If you’re looking for more ways to spend your time in a rewarding way, check out Betterly’s box plans for a wealth of offline fun.