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Rainy Day Roundup: 10 Kids Crafts

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04.29.15

It’s raining, it’s pouring and your kids need something to do! Puddle-jumping aside, keeping your little ones busy when it’s raining cats and dogs can be tricky. Instead of turning the afternoon into a movie-thon, try one of these craft ideas. They’re easy, inexpensive and – most importantly – fun!

Check out these ten boredom-busters the next time you have a rainy day:

1. Glow Slime

If you’re not afraid to get a little messy, you can make your very own gooey glow slime! Head over to Sweet Paul for the instructions and a step-by-step video.

Photo: Susanna Blavarg | Sweet Paul Magazine

2. Rainbow Crayons

If you have a spare muffin tin, you can upcycle your old crayons into a rainbow of new ones! Let your kids choose their favorite color combinations and maybe even add glitter.

3. Alien Spaceship

Inspire endless imagination by making these adorable alien spaceships from Pink and Green Mama. These googly-eyed aliens and their spaceships are made from pom-poms, plastic cups and paper plates.

4. Play Dough

The sky’s the limit with do-it-yourself sculpting clay. You don’t need to run to the store to get crafting – you can make it yourself with a little flour, salt, water and vegetable oil.

Photo: AllSewnUp | Etsy

5. Marshmallow Catapult

Kim from The TomKat Studio knows that the simplest toys are sometimes the best. And she couldn’t be more right with this marshmallow catapult craft!

Photo: The TomKat Studio | DIY Network

6. Paper Plate Baskets

Did you know that food-safe food coloring can turn ordinary paper plates into something incredibly fun? Great for picnics or as a homemade gift, this paper plate basket DIY from Design Mom is one project we can’t wait to try.

Photo: Design Mom

7. Gum-Drop Building

Construct your child’s creative thinking and innovation with this engineering craft from Modern Parents Messy Kids. This simple and fun activity will give your kids the opportunity to practice color sorting, pattern making and building all at once.

8. Paper Bag Animal Puppets

What would a rainy day be without a paper bag puppet show? We like this basic tutorial from 86 Lemons because it includes a template of shapes to work with if your kids aren’t old enough to cut the shapes themselves.

Photo: 86 Lemons

9. Watercolor Bubble Art

We found this bubbly art project thanks to Prudent Baby. To make watercolor bubble art, simply mix your ingredients together, blow bubbles onto the paper and watch all the colors splatter!

10. Window Painting

This mess-free art is sure to keep your younger ones entertained! We especially love this idea because it’s easy to clean up and can be done rain or shine.

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