Fun activities for the kids on rainy days
Kids are home and it's raining - EEEK!
School holidays are here and the weather has turned!
The moaning, the groaning, the squabbling and the endless noise of kids stuck inside on rainy days! No need to tear your hair out - we've got 4 amazing indoor activities to do with the kids, that won't cost a bomb and keep them happy and content.
1. Papier Mache:
- you will need:
- old newspaper torn in strips
- old toilet/hand-towel rolls or small boxes
- glue - (1 part water mixed with 1 part flour works just fine)
- some tissue/toilet/hand-towel paper for the final layer
- paint to decorate it
Don't be too ambitious - join some toilet rolls with tape to a box - the dog mailbox one in photo below is one Michael made - he used a box for the base, a long roll for the neck and another light box for the head! Then wet the strips of newspaper in the glue and start sticking it on! Pay particular attention to the joins to make them strong. When it gets a bit too wet they will have to put it too one side to dry and finish the next day. Once the basic shape is finished, put a smooth coat on top with the tissue/toilet or hand-towel paper. Let it dry thoroughly then paint it. Michael worked on his over 4 days as he had a BIG plan, so it had a bit of drying time between coats but go smaller and you could finish it in a day!
2. Make a volcano!
- First make a papier mache volano shape using a drink bottle inserted into a box for the base then papier mach over it and paint it to look like a volcano!
NB cut the top of the bottle down a little and leave it open to pour the lava in!
Then for the lava -
- Bicarbonate of soda (also known as "baking soda"; not "baking powder")
- Red food colouring (optional)
- A funnel or rolled up paper
Using the funnel add two or three tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda to the bottle in the centre of the volcano.
Next, add a couple of drops of red food colouring.
Finally – get ready for your volcano to erupt – and add the white vinegar!
images source: https://www.persil.com/uk/home.html
3. Playdough fun!
No need to go out to buy some - get the kids on board to help out (but be very careful as this gets very hot!)
What you need:
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup salt
- 2 cups water
- 2 tsps cream of tartar (I have left this out when there has been none in the house)
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil
- 2 - 5 tsps food colour
Mix the dry ingredients in large pot, add the water, food colouring and oil. Cook on a low heat, stirring all the time, until dough is rubbery and forming a large ball. Remove from pot and knead a little and once it's cool start playing!
Grab some cookie cutters or some blunt knifes and they can cut shapes then have a pretend tea party with cups and plates and playdough food.
(Image source: Pinterest)
4. Make a crown
For serious Princesses and princes!
You will need:
- thin cardboard (poster board or old cereal boxes are fine)
- paper or gift-wrap to cover the card if it's not plain
- paint, crayons, or felt-tip pens
- if you have them - stickers, markers, glitter, beads or buttons
Cut a strip of cardboard long enough to go around your head and overlap slightly - if necessary just staple two pieces together to make it long enough.
The strip should be about 12 - 13 cm wide and long enough to go around the head
If necessary glue some plain paper over the top ready for decoration.
Cut zigzags around the top
Let their imaginations go wild with decoration using markers, glitter or stickers
Staple together to fit the head and make a crown - (adult assistance required for this step).
(Image source: Pinterest)
2. Make a volcano