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!
Photo: 86 Lemons
Glow Slime. If you’re not afraid to get a little messy, you can make your very own gooey glow slime! With a little Elmer’s glue, a spare jar, a highlighter and some water you can make some seriously mad scientist slime! Head over to Sweet Paul for the full list of materials and a step-by-step video.
Rainbow crayons. If you have a spare muffin tin, you can upcycle old or broken crayons into a rainbow of new ones! Preheat your oven to 150 degrees and play your crayon parts into each slot of your muffin tin. Let your kids choose their favorite colors and maybe even add glitter. For full instructions, read: Make Heart Shaped Crayons.
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. Add food coloring to dye the play dough a color of your choice.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Window painting. This mess-free art is sure to keep your younger ones entertained! We especially love this idea from Modern Parents Messy Kids because it’s easy to clean up and can be done rain or shine. Simply fill gallon-sized freezer bags with a squirt or two of paint and tightly close the bag. Tip: If you want to be extra safe, seal the bag with painter’s tape.