Rainy days are great for settling our bodies down and getting your crafting muscles working. Here are 10 rainy day craft ideas for you and your children to try. Whether you visit the “Creation Station” at the Baraboo Children’s Museum or stay home it’s a good idea to have an Art Supplies Box, that you keep stocked for rainy days, filled with glitter, glue, pom-poms, stickers, pipe cleaners, and let your Children get creative. If they don’t know what to make/draw/paint here are some ideas to give them to get them started.
Use a Pom Pom and clothes pin for a brush and paint your favorite thing. Many seasonal ideas can be found to keep your creations current.
2. Create sock puppets
Everyone has a miss matched sock drawer, why not admit that those socks are hopeless to find their partners and better suited to become sock puppets. Gather up some items for eyes, mouths, and noses, to make some sock puppets. If your kids can sew, they can add the decorating with needle and thread, but for younger kids use glue. You could create a puppet theater in a cardboard box (see building a cardboard city), and let the kids put on a puppet show for you – be sure to record it. (see making a home video) For a less mess option consider making brown paper bag puppets.
Using some painters tape, create a track for trains or cars to travel around the house. By using two pieces of parallel tape you have track to help kids keep their train side the lines. You can buy pre-made road tape here. But a role of painters tape will do the job just as well.
4. Design jewelry
Use beads and string to design jewelry that matches your outfit. You can also use bake-able clay to create your own beads. If you don’t have jewelry crafts at home, you can use everyday items, like pasta, noodles, beads, paint, string, to make fashionable works of art. Stringing beads or noodles onto a string is a great way to build fine motor skills.
5. Make tie-dye clothes
If your child is tired of their boring white socks, why not have a tie dye day? You will need white clothing, bucket, water, various dyes, rubber bands, rubber gloves to protect your hands. How you fold and secure with rubber bands, helps determine the pattern that results. It is best to start with lightest color, if using more than one, and follow dye instructions on the packaging carefully.
There are plenty of businesses that will supply you with origami paper, but standard printer paper, construction paper, or scrap booking paper will work once it is cut into a square. Whether your child wants to make a hat, boat, airplane, or a more difficult pattern like a crane you can find designs here. I tend to be more visual, so watching YouTube videos will be a valued resource as well. (see how to make a paper air planes).
7. Make your own play dough
Children will adore making play dough and they will have fun exploring different food colorings to give the dough that lovely vibrant color. Non-toxic, cheap and easy. recipe to make play dough here.
Cover the table with butch paper and get out the poster paints or watercolors and some paper and have an art session at the kitchen table.
Marble painting is also great fun. All you need is a plastic holder/tray or square basin, add your sheet of paper. 2/3 colors of paint, and a marble. Allow the kids to move the box around to create their designs.
9. Life sized drawings
Get a large roll of butcher paper, and trace your children’s outline on the paper. They can then color in, adding features, clothes etc. This is also a great opportunities for large group parties.
10. Make a hats
All you need is 3 sheets of black construction paper and glue or scotch tape.
- Cut one sheet in an oval allowing for as much of paper to be used as possible. Measure in an inch or two to cut the center of the oval out. (this will create the top of the top hat as well as the brim.
- Roll the other two sheets into a cylinder to match the inside of the brim and the outside of the top of the hat, then glue them together.
- Use colored paper to accentuate the hat as desired.
All you need is 1 single use table cloths from any big supermarket, (Plastic table clothes are easy to cut, but also easy to stick with regular scotch tape.
- Cut one strip for the bottom, twice as thick a you want the band to be, and slightly longer than the width of the intended child’s forehead. Fold it over, and put aside.
- Cut out another strip as tall as you would like hat to be. This strip needs to be much longer than the width of the band.
- Fold it over itself on the bottom edge every half inch or so. Glue this bottom edge, slot it into the band, then glue them together.
- They are very easy to personalize, but learn from others mistakes and write the child’s name on the band BEFORE you glue it all together, it’s MUCH easier that way!
There you go! Have you got suggestions for craft ideas a rainy day? Let us know in the comment box below!