Kids Fun: Rainy Day Activities
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.
For other kids fun ideas on crafts for a rainy day see our post on How to Make a Magic Wand.
How to Make a Magic Wand
How to make a magic wand from a few simple materials? Learn how to make a magic wand with these easy instructions. Your fairy princess will love this magic wand for her playtime activities.
Magic Wand Materials:
Foam Star, Dowel, gold ribbon, glitter, glue, peel-and-stick rhinestones or jewels
Directions For Making A Magic Wand:
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!
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Have fun making this magic wand for your fairy princess. Have you and your child ever made wizard wands in the past? How did our magic wand instructions compare to the ones you worked with before?
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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Kids Party Invitations: A Golden Idea
Buying many kids party invitations can be quite costly and can be so much more fun to create with your child�s help. Treasure Box Kids blog will give you great ideas on kids crafts as well as kids parties. Today we will show you how to create beautiful kids party invitations that can be used for any kids parties.
Kids Party Invitations
Why not use materials from around the house? There are some supplies that you may need to purchase but here is a kids craft idea that will be creative and fun for you and your child. Visit www.treasureboxkids.com to find beautiful girl�s birthday dresses as well as children�s clothing that would be great for birthday gifts.
Take index cards and lay them on a flat protected surface. Spray paint them with gold spray paint. When they have dried, you can use the lined side for all the party information. You can decorate the kids party invitations using stickers or puffy paint, the possibilities are endless. The size is still perfect for envelopes that you can purchase at any discount store. You have saved so much that you can splurge a little on envelopes or spray paint them as well!
Easy Kids Crafts-Homemade Crafts
Some fun easy kids crafts can be done right at home. Homemade crafts are so much fun to do with your child especially on a rainy day. Look to Treasure Box Kids blog weekly to get inspirational ideas on more easy kids crafts as well as kids activities. Visit www.treasureboxkids.com to find adorable summer boys and girls outfits. We are going to show you how to make a homemade aquarium. You probably have these items in the house.
Easy Kids Crafts
Take two large plastic disposable bowls and cut a large hole in the middle of one of the bowls. Take the other and cover or color the inside of the bowl blue. Glue cracker goldfish on the inside bowl. You can get very creative when designing this craft. For instance you can use pieces of silk greenery and rocks to line the bottom of the bowl. This will give the likeness to an actual aquarium. When you are done with the inside of the aquarium attach the bowl that has the large hole over the other bowl so that they form a �ball.�
Pull a string through the top of the connected bowls if you would like to hang this new fish tank craft in your child�s room. Now you have your very own aquarium!
Tie die-butterflies: Most of us have at some time tie dyed shirts. It is fun activity for kids. Here is a tie dye idea that does not take a hot stove to create.
Take paper coffee filters and fold them in half. Dip them into different colors of kool-aide. The colors will naturally run and create a beautiful design. Or you can use colored markers to color the coffee filters. Then, dip them into water and let the colors run. When you open the dried coffee filters you will have beautiful butterflies.