Fresh Ideas for Rainy Day Games

April is known for its showers, and it has inspired the Scout Elves to provide you with great indoor game ideas! When the elves want to have fun indoors, they have several go-to activities that they’ve adapted below so your family can brighten the month ahead. Easy to pull off with items from around the house, these rainy day games will create a full day of indoor fun that the whole family can enjoy.

Fresh Ideas for Rainy Day Games – The Elf on the Shelf

Wacky Photo Booth

Help your kids get outfitted in their dress-up box best and have them pose for the camera! Let children put on hats, eye patches, mustaches, scarves, glasses and other fun props to create quirky photo keepsakes, or use the Scout Elves’ free printable props below! Use a bed sheet as a photo backdrop and play photographer as your kids mix and match looks.

Get Props

What Comes Next?

Bring out your family members’ inner Shakespeare with this fun storytelling game that is sure to end with lots of laughter! Sit in a circle and give everyone a piece of paper. Have everybody write down the first sentence of a story, then ask everyone to pass their paper to the person to their right, who will write the story’s second sentence. The paper should be folded down after each subsequent writer’s turn so that the next person to receive the paper can only see the sentence written just before theirs. Continue until you feel the stories are complete. Unfold the paper and have everyone take turns reading their hilarious, patchwork pieces aloud!

Paper Bag Skits

Pull a variety of items from around the house that can be used as props for an impromptu play. Divide your family into groups and have them open their bags. Give everyone fifteen minutes to a half hour to create a short skit using the props. Then vote for the best one!

A Puzzle to Pass the Time

Put your problem-solving skills to the test with a puzzle. You could pull one out of the closet, or use the Scout Elves’ printable puzzle template to turn any picture you choose into a challenging jigsaw!

Get Puzzle Template

Santa Says

Adapt Simons Says into Santa Says to put a fun twist on a classic game that never goes out of style. Designate one family member to be Santa first. That person will call out actions after first saying the phrase, “Santa Says.” Everyone must copy Santa’s actions (touching their toes, striking a pose, marching in place, etc.). If Santa tells the other players to complete an action without first saying “Santa Says,” players should remain still. Anybody who moves or performs an action without “Santa Says” preceding it, will be out! Take turns leading this giggle-worthy game.

Want more ideas to pass the time? Take on one of the fun activities in Scout Elf Craft Corner!