Rainy day box

Duration: any

Age: toddler, child

Skill for Bub: Just for fun


Create a special box for those rainy days when you need fun things to do.

Rainy Day Box

Even though we all know how desperately we need it to rain for days on end most of us still can’t help but groan when we wake up and see that it is raining. The washing won’t get done, the supermarket trip suddenly became so much more difficult and the kids are going to be bored and cranky all day.

We can’t help you out with the washing or the supermarket but we hope the rainy day surprise box idea will be a hit with the kids. Best of all you can adjust the contents to suit children of all ages and all areas of interest.

Step One

Start by buying a large box. This can be a fruit box salvaged from the fruit market or a plastic tub from a discount store. Cover it with things like coloured paper, glitter, tinsel, paint or anything else the children love to make sure it’s special. Clearly label it as ‘The Rainy Day Surprise Box’ and then store it well out of reach of little fingers.

Step Two

Once the box is complete you will need to fill it. This can be done slowly over time and will remain an eternal work in progress. Below you will find a list of things you might like to include. Most are quite inexpensive and can be found in your local supermarket, variety store or discount shops, etc. If you keep adding to the box slowly it won’t take long to fill it.

Fill the box with things like:

  • Painting clothes and an apron or art smock.

  • Paper towels and Baby Wipes.

  • Pens, pencils, crayons and stamp markers.

  • Kids stamps and non toxic stamp pads.

  • Paints and brushes.

  • Glitter, glue, scissors and sticky tape.

  • Coloured paper, cardboard, cellophane and tissue paper.

  • Cotton wool, straws, paper plates and cups.

  • Tinsel and ribbons.

  • Stickers of all shapes and sizes.

  • Different shape stencils.

  • Large size hole punches to create shapes like teddy bears etc..

  • Household items like egg cartons, milk cartons and bottle tops, toilet rolls, paper towel rolls, used Christmas and Birthday cards, old magazines and newspaper for the floor.

  • A couple of music CDs. Try and include a mixture of children’s music and other family favourites.

Step Three

The key to making the rainy day surprise box a big hit is to only bring it out on rainy days or very special occasions.

Spread the newspaper out on the floor and put on one of the CD’s. Everyone then sits down together and starts creating. Help your child create whatever it is they like with the materials and decorations in the box. Have fun and don’t be afraid to experiment.

When everyone is finished clean the work area and put everything back in its place so the box is ready for next time.