Kids Fun: Rainy Day Activities

Kids Fun: Rainy Day Activities

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

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.

Kids Fun: Rainy Day Activities

Kids Activities

Kids Activities

Some wonderful kids activities can actually help Mom around the house as well as teach children responsibility. Teaching your children to help around the house can be a kids activity that is taught at a very early age. It can also be fun and not a grueling experience.

Kids Projects

Kids Projects

Children activities can be simple and teach kids as well. You can make your own customized calendar by downloading them from the internet. They are usually blank and therefore ready for you to personalize.

Write down the expectations you have for chores from your children for the coming month. Purchase stick on stars from the dollar store or any teachers� store. For each day that the chores are completed give your child a star. If you have more than one child participating have them pick the color star that will represent them on the calendar.

At the end of the month if all the days have stars it is cause for celebration. These kids projects can be fun and will help you around the house as well. When it comes time for awards you can decide how you want to reward your child. I had told my children we would go shopping for their special prize. I was pleasantly surprised that they picked very inexpensive gifts. It seemed that the self-esteem they accomplished from having a full calendar of stars was very gratifying in itself.

If you feel you need to set limits, do so at the beginning of the month so that there are not any disappointments. This will also encourage them for the coming month. You may also want to take the children out for some kids fun at maybe an arcade or a park.

This and other kids activities can be found monthly by visiting our blog at www.treasureboxkids.com. We also offer brand name children�s clothing at affordable prices.

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