It is never fun for young kids (or their parents!)when it gets to the weekend and it is pouring rain!
What’s more, while it can be easier to simply put your children on to a tablet or stick them in front of the TV, there are many fun and affordable things that you can do with them to keep them occupied, give them something to take pride in, and to help you bond.
Don’t worry! The activities aren’t expensive, and here, you will be guided through five fun rainy-day crafts.
1. Stencil Art
Stencils are a fun and easy way for children to create art pieces.
You could purchase pre-made, custom stencils and have the children trace the shapes onto paper. Or why not collect natural materials such as leaves, shells, and rocks and have the children use them to make prints on paper?
You can also cut out simple shapes from plastic sheets and have the children trace around them onto paper. You can use software like Inkscape, Adobe Illustrator, or CorelDraw to create stencils and print them out for children to use.
Regardless of the method you choose, always supervise children when they are using scissors or other cutting tools. Encourage them to be creative and have fun with their stencils!
2. Paper Plate Suncatcher
A paper plate sun catcher is a simple craft project that kids can make using a paper plate and various materials such as tissue paper, sequins, beads, and paint. The idea is to decorate the paper plate with the materials, then punch holes in it to create a design. When hung in a sunny window, the light will shine through the holes and create a colorful display. This craft can be adapted to different themes or seasons, such as making a Christmas tree sun catcher using green tissue paper and ornaments made from beads.
3. Handprint Flowers
This is a great craft for younger kids.
Handprint flowers are a simple craft project that kids can make by using their own hands as the petals of the flower. It can be done by painting the child’s hand with washable paint and then pressing it onto a piece of paper or canvas to create the shape of a flower. You can also use a paintbrush to add the center of the flower and stem. This is a great keepsake for parents and grandparents as it captures the child’s hand size and the small details of their fingerprints. It can be a fun and creative way to celebrate spring, mother’s day, or just a fun way to spend the day with your child.
4. Toilet Paper Roll Animals
Toilet Paper Roll Animals are a simple craft project that kids can make using empty toilet paper rolls and various materials such as paint, paper, pipe cleaners, beads, and googly eyes. The idea is to use the toilet paper rolls as the body of an animal and then add various materials to create the features of the animal, such as the head, legs, tail, and ears.
5. Paper Bag Puppets
These are simple craft projects that kids can make using paper bags and various materials such as construction paper, markers, paint, yarn, buttons, and googly eyes. The idea is to use the paper bags as the body of a puppet and then add various materials to create the features of the puppet, such as the head, arms, legs, and clothing. The children can use their imagination to create different characters, such as animals, monsters, or even people.