Rainy Day Games For Toddlers

It’s been raining a bit here in Phuket, so we have not done much in the last few days. Well, except keep our daughter, Zoë, occupied as best we can. I decided to write about how I have been keeping her entertained lately. Maybe some of these games will seem fun to you and your little ones and you can spend massive amounts of time playing them like we do. I love my kid more than my own life, but playing with a 3-year-old 10-12 hours a day… well, what can I say, it can be a bit tough.

So without further hesitation, here are the

Rainy Day Games that Zoë and I Are Playing This Week:

1. Sleeping Booty

Named for the adorable way that Z says Sleeping Beauty, this game merely consists of us taking turns being Sleeping Beauty or Prince Charming. Prince Charming wears a dish towel cape and runs around the house while Sleeping Booty lays in my (usually freshly made) bed and “sleeps.” Then Prince Charming kisses Sleeping Booty on the hand and she wakes up. We switch characters and do this over and over and over… again. And each time I am the lucky one that gets to lay in bed and “act” like I’m sleeping I am told that her name is Sleeping Booty, not Aurora, she tells me this each time we switch characters. She must really think I did lose half my brain when I had her.

2. Shopper/Shopkeeper

In this game, we pick different types of toys and household items to sell to each other. One of us will be the shopkeeper and the other will be the shopper-shopper (she doubles words for labels most of the time, cat cat, etc.).  The shopper-shopper has to count out the correct amount of coins to pay for the goods that she is buying. We take turns being the shopkeeper and shopper. Oh, and you must have one bag for each item bought. That is Z’s rule for the game.

This game is actually an excellent way to enhance a toddlers ability to count . Zoë is 3 years old and we are working on some very basic addition and subtraction using the counting of the coins to pay.


3. Superhero

This involves one person (usually me) in some sort of life-threatening peril (like my leg falling off the chair or something) and calling for help from the “Superhero”. To be the superhero you MUST wear a dish towel cape and cry out, “I will rescue you!” when the yell for help is heard.

4. Time for The Show!

Zoë is a natural little actress and a director as well. She loves to be the center of attention and loves to tell one how to put on a show. This game consists of us taking turns being the dancer/actor/storyteller and the other being the wildly applauding  crowd.  The only rules are that the “Crowd” must clap and cheer, and the dancer/actor/storyteller must start the show with an introduction. The louder all of this is, the better.


What games do you play on rainy days with your toddler?  Leave a comment and let me know so I can steal the games and widen Z and I’s creative play time. 🙂 Thanks!



  27 comments for “Rainy Day Games For Toddlers

  1. Mom
    August 6, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Such fun games. She is one very fortunate little girl to have such wonderful parents.

    • andthreetogo
      August 6, 2014 at 11:18 pm

      We are fortunate to have her 🙂 she keeps us laughing and playing

  2. Nomibug
    August 6, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    I love Superhero. Great idea for when my little boy’s a bit older. 🙂 Our favorite rainy day game is ‘pillow stacks’ where you run around the house and find every pillow (and sometimes even every stuffed toy) you can find and make a big pile out of them on the floor. Then you roll around in them, hide in them and hit each other with them. Oh, and building ‘forts’ out of chairs and couches and blankets and having picnics in them is a good one too. Enjoy the many long hours of fun 😉

    • andthreetogo
      August 6, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      Oh yes! Those are great ideas! I’m so glad you commented! Thanks!

      • Nomibug
        August 7, 2014 at 6:46 am

        That’s ok… I know just how many games it takes to fill in rainy days! Lol. I’ll tuck your ideas away for layer too 🙂

  3. Bronwyn Joy @ Journeys Of The Fabulist
    August 6, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Love these ideas. All very theatrical.

    Be honest, though – being the Sleeping Beauty is obviously restful for a few minutes, but how often do you skive off to check twitter when you’re the Handsome Prince?

    • andthreetogo
      August 6, 2014 at 11:10 pm

      My lips are sealed on that one. Haha.
      I actually prefer to be sleeping beauty… Rest!

      • Bronwyn Joy @ Journeys Of The Fabulist
        August 6, 2014 at 11:10 pm

        I hear that.

  4. expatlingo
    August 7, 2014 at 10:49 am

    I have a great, easy, inside game: get a big plastic container, put a bunch of plastic figures inside (like animals, dinosaurs, Playmobil people, etc), fill with water and freeze. Slowly excavating the frozen toys out of the hunk of melting ice takes a long time and is a lot of fun.

    • andthreetogo
      August 7, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      Oh my goodness! That is an amazing idea! Especially on our hot day here! Putting toys in water in the freezer now! 🙂

      • expatlingo
        August 7, 2014 at 9:11 pm


  5. Yvon
    August 7, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Great fun! Playing with playdough always keeps Charlize busy for a while. And the possibilities are endless. Today we added some google eyes and made funny faces. She also loves to make cupcakes with playdough.
    Another favourite at the moment is zoo pretend play, where we gather all our stuffed animals and put them in plastic baskets.

    • andthreetogo
      August 7, 2014 at 7:15 pm

      Those are all fantastic ideas! Z also likes to play with playdough. 🙂 thanks for commenting! I hope Australia is treating you guys well!

  6. theblackberryboys
    August 7, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    These are great. We have been having like a monsoon summer, lots of rain, really humid. i should try some of these. We do the shopping, shopper game and we build forts out of chairs, pillows, blankets and we play lego.

    • andthreetogo
      August 8, 2014 at 9:56 am

      Aw yes, Legos! We have some of the big ones for z but she rarely wants to play with them. She would much rather tell me what to do. Lol

  7. shelahmoss
    August 18, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    These are great ideas. I particularly like “Time for the Show” when I want to sit for a bit.

    • andthreetogo
      August 18, 2014 at 11:16 pm

      It is great to be able to rest, until it’s your turn of course. haha

  8. Erica Buteau
    August 18, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    These games are too cute! I don’t have toddlers anymore but I am going to pass this along!

    • andthreetogo
      August 19, 2014 at 6:28 am

      Thank you! And thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  9. maggiemaysgifts
    August 19, 2014 at 1:46 am

    Very creative ideas! I’m sure the kids love them all!

    • andthreetogo
      August 19, 2014 at 6:49 am

      Z sure does… And I like them the first few times. Thirty times later I am begging for a new game. 🙂 I love the way toddlers find enjoyment in anything, even when they have done it numerous times before. I wish I was more like that sometimes.

  10. melissajane01
    August 19, 2014 at 6:43 am

    Wonderful games, I especially like Sleeping Booty! I like to put the kids on a blanket and play train! We don’t have hardly any carpet so it’s easy to go through the entire house.

    • andthreetogo
      August 19, 2014 at 6:54 am

      Oh good idea! Our house has smooth tile floors and that would be perfect for that game. Also it could be a good work out! 🙂

  11. Alana
    August 19, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Sleeping Booty made me laugh. The store merchant/ customer game, I’m going to try for sure!

    • andthreetogo
      August 19, 2014 at 9:51 am

      These are pretty fun. The shopping one is a great learning experience. Now I have z pay when we get our check at the restaurants and when she wants to spend her “allowance” at the store, with some help from me of course. But she does a pretty good job!

  12. threeboysandamom
    August 19, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    This is just adorable. Very cute ideas I will keep in my back pocket for our next rainy day! Thanks for sharing!!!

    • andthreetogo
      August 19, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      Of course! I hope they come in handy for you 🙂

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