The best 50 things activities to do when it’s raining

Don't let the rain stop you getting outside and completing more of the 50 things challenges. We've put together a list of activities that are great to do when the sun isn't shining.

Children walking in the rain

No.6 run around in the rain

All you'll need for this challenge is a rainy day and yourself! Running around in the rain might seem crazy when you start, but you'll soon be splishing and splashing around like a fish.

A close up of a snail race at Ickworth

No.17 set up a snail race

You'll have to find some snails for this, then just mark out a short track in chalk - don't make it too long though, snails move super slowly. Your racing snails will be happier if the track is somewhere shady, as they don't like being out in the sun! It's best to pop them back where you found them after their race, and wash your own hands too.

Mysterious cave opening at Alderley Edge

No.29 explore a cave

Wonderful wildlife, slimy green weeds, or things that make noises in the dark - who knows what you’ll discover? Caves are perfect places to explore whatever the weather, whether you're looking for caves in sea cliffs, or impressive natural caves inland. Don't forget your torch!

Girl walking through the mud in her wellies

No.13 make a mud pie

Put on your wellies and find a muddy spot. Stones, leaves and twigs are great for decorating, but remember, a mud pie never tastes as good as it looks.

Boy kicking and splashing while laying in the sea

No.42 go swimming in the sea

Is there anything more inviting than the big blue sea on a hot summer day? We look after lots of brilliant beaches all around the UK coastline, so you're sure to find somewhere perfect for a dip.

Boys and dad damming a stream with rocks

No.14 dam a stream

You can use all sorts of natural things to try and dam a stream, twigs, branches, stones and rocks. You can also try all sorts of designs, but you'll need to work quickly to stop your dam getting washed away. And when you've built it, local wildlife will be happier if you remember to knock it down afterwards.

Girl jumping over waves

No.20 jump over waves

Beaches serve up a never-ending supply of waves: big or small, all of them are fun to jump over. Who can leap the highest?

Children building a raft from barrels and string

No.43 build a raft

If you want to be the ultimate coastal adventurist, there’s only one thing for it. Gather anything that floats such as driftwood, and then tie it together with string to become the captain of your very own Jolly Roger. Ahoy!