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Rainy Day Craft Ideas
for Children

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Even much worse than a storm or a riot,
Is a bunch of kids who are suddenly quiet.
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Bookmarks

Materials:

  • cardboard
  • sequins (optional)
  • lace scraps (optional)
  • marker pens
  • glue
  • clear contact paper
  • yarn pieces
  • hole punch
  • scissors
Procedure
  1. Cut out cardboard approx. 4cm x 15cm
  2. Decorate it with sequins, marker pens, or perhaps lace could be added. Let your child create their own ideas. They often come up better ones.
  3. Cover the decorated paper with the contact paper
  4. Put a hole with the hole punch at the top and in the middle of the bookmark
  5. Tie yarn through the hole to form a tassel
This same project in a smaller size could be used for gift cards.
Tip- Keep a shoe box full of sequins, seed beads, felt, yarn, empty plastic containers and so forth on hand for such rainy day projects.

Bath Salts

Materials
  • 1 cup Epsom salts
  • Measuring cup
  • Lidded jar
  • Liquid Food Color
  • Pretty Container
  • A few drops of your favorite perfume
  • 1/2 yard of 1/2" to 1" wide ribbon
Measure 1/2 cup of Epsom salt into a jar with lid. Add a few drops of food color and shake. (More can be added to get the color you want) Open the jar and let the salts dry overnight. Add a couple of drops of perfume to the bath salts, shake, and pour into a decorative jar. Put on a lid and tie with your pretty ribbon.

Treasure Maps

Let children draw a treaasure map on white paper. Tear the edges to look warn and use a tea bag to age the paper. Once the paper is saturated crumple it and let it dry overnight.

Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments

Materials
  • 4 oz Cinnamon
  • 1 Cup Applesauce
  • 1 TBSP Nutmeg
  • 1 TBSP Ground Cloves
  • 1 TBSP White Glue

Procedure

Mix applesauce with ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and glue to form a stiff dough. Roll out to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutter. Make hole for ribbon hanger. Carefully put on rack to dry. Let air dry several days, turning occasionally. Makes 12 sweet smelling ornaments.

No Cooking Play Dough

Materials

  • 1 Cup Salt
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1 TBSP Salad Oil
  • Food Coloring if desired
  • Water

Gak

Materials

  • 1 Cup White Glue
  • 1 Cup Liquid Starch
  • Food Coloring


Bubble Prints

Materials

  • 1 Cup Water
  • Food Coloring
  • 1/4 Cup Liquid Detergent
  • 1/4 Cup Liquid Starch
  • Straws
  • Paper for printing

Procedure

In a 6" - 8" bowl, mix together water, drops of food coloring, liquid detergent, and liquid starch. Using a straw, blow bubbles into the mixture, until the bubbles form a structure above the rim of the bowl. Make a print by laying a sheet of white paper across the bowl rim, allowing the bubbles to pop against the paper. If the bubbles pop too quickly, add a few tablespoons of sugar to the water. This paper would be nice for stationery or envelopes.

Variation of Bubble Paper
Materials

  • Newspaper or brown craft paper
  • White paper or construction paper
  • Food coloring
  • Plastic drinking straw
Cover a work space with newspapers. Place white paper on newspapers. Put a large drop of food coloring in the center of the white paper. Holding one end of the straw above the drop of food coloring, blow through the other end of the straw. How hard you blow determines how far and how fast the drop of coloring moves. After blowing the 1st drop of coloring as far you want, do the same with more drops of color.

Stepping Stones

Fill a mold with concrete and then add some of the toys your child has outgrown (leggos, barbie accessories, plastic parts and pieces) bits of pottery, rocks, or glass. Your child can add their name and date. For more projects try trivets or hot plates. Your child can even make a stepping stone from a kit A similar project can be this Mosaic Kit

Ideas to Decorate

  • Ideas for a A Nursery
  • Use a small aquarium to do double duty as a night light
  • Using paint markers write a line from a favorite song, book, or nursery rhyme on the wall (Once Upon a Time, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, or ideas from Winnie the Pooh.
  • Paint a Mural

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