Rainy Day Fun - Crafts For Kids
Rainy days can be so boring for a child and just as hard on
moms. So we give some ideas to brighten your day and chase their
rainy day blues away!
In a room that is fairly dark set up a flash light so it is
facing a wall. Have the children make hand shadows?If they get
really good at them they could even put on a little play.
My box home
As a little girl some of my best times were spent making
Barbie homes out of medium card board boxes. Paints, markers,
crayons, fabric scraps, glue, and so on were used to fashion wall
paper curtains and the like. The ideas and possibilities are
Little boys can make garages for there cars as well.
Take ten pieces of paper. Staple them together. Have you child
go threw a magazine and pick out 10 pictures to cut out. Tell
him/her to paste one on each page. Now what ever order they are
in the must right a story, the story should have some thing to do
with the pictures on each page. This can be a real challenge but
is endless fun and giggles.
Have you child search for a few pictures they like in an old
magazine. Paste these pictures onto heavy cardboard. With a paint
brush, brush on a coat of clear drying glue such as Elmer's glue.
Let them completely dry. Once they are dry cut them up into
different shaped pieces. Now you have a puzzle for this rainy day
and rainy days to come! Store in zip lock bags.
Bean Bag Pals
You will need a 10x10 square of felt, thread, needle, a parent
to sew, beans or rice, tacky glue and scraps of different color
felts to decorate with. Mom or Dad should sew the squares
together all the way around, all but about 2 inches. Turn the
square inside right. Fill with the beans or rice and sew closed.
It can be decorated with the scarps of felt to make animals.
Googly eyes are fun to add as well but are not recommended for
children under four.
A Gift of Comfort.
Not long ago when I was in the hospital having my son, I was
given a special heat pack for my back. It was very simple and
would be a great project for children to help with. My suggestion
is have your child make about 30 and donate then to a labor and
Rice Sock Heat Packs
You will need white men's tube socks ones that have no
preformed heal medium is a good size.
You will need uncooked white rice (not minute)
You will need ribbon any color or colors you like.
Gift tags that tie on.
Fill each sock two inches from the top.
Tie a length of ribbon tightly in a knot attach the gift card
and then make a bow.
On the gift tag write the instructions for use (you could make
gift tags on your computer and print them all out) Microwave on
high for 2 minutes or until it reaches the desired warmth.
These work great, stay warm for a long time. If your child
makes them to give away it is an added bonus of pride!
My children have a tote full of dress up clothing. I did it
inexpensively threw yard sales, Dollar Stores, Halloween
clearances and Good Will. I pick up things such as jewelry, hats,
sun glasses, badges, fancy dresses, costumes and other articles
of interest. Many times I save new things to add on a rainy day
or another day they have nothing to do. It generates new interest
and hours of play. One reader even mentioned the idea of theme
boxes. Such as a fairy box if that was what your little girl was
into or a princess or a firemen ect. I think that is a good idea
for but also I believe a good mix of things inspires imagination
A huge poster board or cardboard is great to let your little
one paint roads on for his cars In fact I bought my sons a light
colors rug remnant (it was cheap) about 4x5 .It can be any size
you like. My sons used fabric paints on the rug. They painted
lakes, roads, airports trees and so on. If you decided to do the
poster board you can use crayons or markers as well. They had a
really great time making this one rainy day and still enjoy it to
this day. When they are done they just roll it up and put it
away. Card board milk cartons can be saved and painted to make
little decorative houses and stores as well as stores to place on
their car mat. Be sure to wash them well, dry them and staple
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