Inside Time: 7 Rainy Day Projects that Will Entertain Your Kids

Tis the season for some drizzling! That’s why it’s a really good idea to have some of these boredom busters in your parenting arsenal. So that no one goes stir crazy, gather up some basic household materials and keep them on hand for days when it’s too wet to play.

  1. Straw Rockets! What you’ll need:
  • Straws
  • Printer paper (light-weight paper)
  • Tape (or glue)
  • Scissors
  • Cut your 8 x 11 printer paper into 12 even pieces. Hold the paper so the long sides are on the side and the width is on the top, cut 6 lines across, and then 1 line down the center.  Each piece is about 2″ by 4″. Decorate the paper. We usually use markers, pastels or colored pencils. Roll the paper strip loosely around the straw. Tape the roll along the edge to keep it rolled. Fold the top of the paper tube down and tape it. We just fold it the tube down, but you could also fold the edges in if you wanted it to look a little neater from the front.  Put the paper tube on the straw – and blow!
  1. Indoor Bowling! If you have the presence of mind to save the little cardboard tubes that come out of the toilet paper, they make great bowling pins! Have the kids color and number each one, then set them up in a triangle formation and the kids can take turns trying to knock them over with a tennis ball.
  1. Origami! The great thing about origami is that you can watch a how-to on YouTube and learn to make all kinds of lovely little animals and shapes. All you need is a pack of thin paper.
  1. Pot some succulents! Just because it’s raining doesn’t mean you can’t do a little gardening. Spread out a good strong cloth and newspaper and take some clippings from your succulents, cactus (although watch out for thorns) or other plants in your yard that take to transplanting. Give the kids a bag of soil and let them go to town. You can also score some pretty pebbles, rocks or colored gravel and make some sweet little terrariums. Then after all that, bath time!
  1. Make some clay beads and string necklaces! Sculpy or Femo is easy for kids to roll into balls, poke holes through and cook in the over for a few minutes. Just remember to use a designated pan just for the clay, then tuck it away for future use. Give the kids toothpicks to make little designs and then when the beads cool, they can string them to make necklaces or bracelets.
  1. I Spy Jars! All you need is a clear plastic bottle or mayonnaise jar, some rice or sand (colored is even prettier, and you can get it at the $1 store), and a bunch of small objects like buttons, tiny toys, paper clips, anything you find around your house. Fill the bottle a little more that half way, add in all your objects and seal it up. Then the kids can shake it, set it down, and see how many objects they can find. Make a list of everything you put in the jar, make copies, and then they can check items off as they go. This one is great for little ones.
  1. Wax paper stained glass! What you’ll need:
  • Waxed paper
  • Crayon stubs
  • Crayon sharpener, carrot peeler or grater (depending on your child’s ability level)
  • Iron
  • Newspaper
  • Yarn
  • Hole punch

 

Some old mats from framed photos will work, or you can just cut cardboard into a frame with two planes. Have the kids shave some crayons onto the wax paper, then place another piece on top and iron on low heat. Glue wax paper between the sheets of cardboard or mat and hang it on the window!

Being inside gives kids a chance to really exercise their fine motor skills and follow a process from beginning to end. It’s a great experience for them to have ongoing projects they can add to over the course of days. Then when the sun comes out, they will have some beautiful finished products they can be proud of.

 

 

 

About Susie Almaneih

Susie Almaneih spent several years during her young adulthood teaching children dance at her church group, as well as other cultural-based activities. Susie now spends as much time as she can giving back to the families in her community. Over the years, this love for community has evolved into a deeper love for delivering positive and creative content and awareness to families of all ages.

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