We receive a lot of inquiries about things to do as a rainy day kids fun activity. When I was younger my mother purchased me a kid’s craft book. I remember it clearly. There was a sock puppet on the cover and the entire book was filled with children’s crafts (as opposed to adult’s crafts that kids can help with). This thing had everything in it: how to make kites, sock puppets (of course), origami, how to grow a crystal garden out of sugars and salts—I mean, EVERYTHING. If we were ever treated to a rainy day my mother would pull the book out and she and I would find something in it to make. We went through a lot of projects together using that book—I wish I still had it to share with my kids. My favorite, however, was the crystal garden. If you’re looking for one of those kids fun projects that you can start on a rainy day and keep up over time, I absolutely recommend the crystal garden.
Kids Fun: Crystal Garden
All you need to get started is:
• ¼ cup ammonia
• ¼ cup non-iodized salt
• ¼ cup water
• ¼ cup liquid bluing (they sell Mrs. Stewarts at most grocery stores and Wal-Mart in the detergent section)
• A few pieces of sponge or charcoal
• Food coloring
Find a glass or see-through dish and place the charcoal or sponge on it in any formation or arrangement you want. Take all of the other ingredients except food coloring and mix together. Once they are thoroughly mixed pour over the dish. Drop food coloring on the dish in whatever pattern you like and wait for crystals to appear. This will usually happen overnight. My mother and I would keep adding to our garden a little at a time.
This one of those kids fun projects that is great for a rainy day. It’s fun, it’s messy, and it’s educational. What could be better? Sure, you can buy grow your own crystal kits in stores (and I’m sure they turn out a heck of a lot prettier), but in a pinch…you can always make your own rainy day crystal garden.
Use a pencil to poke a hole in the bottom of a six-inch plastic foam star. Insert a generous amount of glue into the hole and then insert a wood dowel. Cover the star with a generous amount of crafts glue and help your child sprinkle glitter onto the front and back of the star. Place the wand in a heavy glass jar to let the top dry.
Decorate by using peel-and-stick sparkly rhinestones and pretty jewels to stick on the star. To finish, cut gold ribbon into three 1-yard pieces, tying the pieces together with a knot at the center. Glue the knot to the bottom of the star and trim the ribbons to different lengths. Add peel-and-stick jewels to the ends of the ribbons, and you’ve just made a beautiful magic wand!
For educational kids arts and crafts, don’t forget the power of reading. We have great ideas on how to create your next kids art project that is sure to be fun and educational. It is always nice to read a book to a child. What about having your child create their own book?
Kids Art Project
Begin this kids craft by having your child draw a picture. Ask him or her to begin telling a story. Have him draw pictures for each part of the story. To make it more authentic have him draw the picture and run the picture through your printer using a word document for formatting the words for the picture. It is easy to do if you put it at the top or bottom of the page.
When this kids arts and crafts book is complete, you can use your imagination and paper found around the house to make a cover. There is not a limit as to how you decide to finish this kids art project. You can keep it simple by hole punching the sides and running yarn through the holes. Or, you can visit your local office supply store. They have the equipment to make a spiral notebook out of this treasure.
If you have a group of kids, these kids crafts will be so much fun to create together. You can have each child draw a picture and tell a story. Group them together to make the story flow as one or have each story stand on its own. The kids will think it is pretty neat to have a published book.
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Looking for some arts and crafts for kids for the next rainy day? This craft for kids is so much fun to create and can be done right at home. Weather your child is into finger painting or using a brush we have a great craft for kids for your child�s next Picasso. This will not only keep it safe, it will be a wonderful way to present it as a gift.
Arts and Crafts for Kids
Take an empty paper towel tube. Have your child decorate it anyway they desire. Once again, use craft supplies from around the house. When she has completed her work of art, roll it up and place it safely in the newly designed carrying case. Now it can be transported without worry of ruining the art work. This makes a great gift for a grandparent, aunt or uncle. They are getting a work of art all rolled up in its own gift wrap!
Another use for that paper towel tube is a rainmaker. You may also decorate the outside. Cover one end of the tube with waxed paper and secure it with a rubber band. Drop dried beans or split peas into the tube. Secure the other end as you did the first. Take toothpicks and punch them into the tube at different locations. When your child turns the tube upside down it will have a great rain sound.
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By using kids arts and crafts, your child can create very thoughtful kids gifts for their father. This wonderful kids craft will make a memorable gift for dad this year that he will enjoy for years to follow. We are going to show you just how easy it is to create a photo flip book that is customized just for Dad.
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Kids Craft Projects
To start, you will need eight sheets of construction paper. Six will be for the inside of the flip book and two for the front and back cover. You can improvise this any way that you would like to make it more unique or durable.
On the first page cut out a stencil of the letter F or draw one yourself. Have your child come up with an adjective for F such as friendly. Have your child write a sentence on how dad is friendly.
If you want to make this a more memorable project, pull out the photo albums and look through pictures. Find pictures of dad that might show him helping a neighbor or socializing with the family. Add that to the page to make it more like a scrapbook. This will add another dimension to this project.
There are countless ways you can customize this project to create a real work of art as well as a treasured memory.