It’s January, it’s dark by 3pm, it’s that time of the week when I highlight 15 fun family rainy day crafts from some of my favourite bloggers!
My kids love playing outdoors and I swear if we lived anywhere else in the world they would be outside most of their lives …but we live in the UK! Where it is perpetually raining, muddy, windy and downright bloody awful – weather wise!
While its flipping awful outside there is nothing to stop the fun inside and here are a run down of some activities to keep your little ones amused this winter! Every Saturday I am going to link up some amazing crafts that will serve as a database for you to come back to in times of need! All you need in one place, (oh and I recommend wine… lots of wine!)
‘Footerflies’ with the lovely We’re Going on an Adventure All you need is some paper, paint and a pen (oh and maybe a little newspaper to cover the floor incase the little terrors try to run away with painted feet)
Beautifully Simple Gift Ideas from The Parent Game Everyone loves handmade gifts, especially if they are made by children and something that is useful too. Here are 4 ideas to keep the little ones busy and bring a smile to someones face too!
Potato Stamps and Hand Painting with Teddybearsandcardigans One thing I can remember loving about crafts when I was little was getting to stamp with vegetables! When mum would let us carve our shapes into potato halves I just knew it was going to get messy…and I loved it! This is something I need to do with the girls so I think tomorrow we will be raiding the veg rack and paints!
How To Make A Rain Gauge by the lovely Nature Mum Blog With the help of a wooden spoon (which would look super cute decorated to look like your child you are crafting with!) and a marker pen you can chart how much rainfall has happened on certain days, weeks, months! Educational and fun!
Melted Pony Bead Jewellery from The Life of Spicers I love this idea as we all have plastic beads the kids have been gifted in those huge sets, my daughters have even received some sets for Christmas, with lots of spares left over after making all of the bracelets she needs!
Bird Seed Decorations by the beautiful Dilan and Me What a lovely idea to teach children that wildlife needs our help in the colder weather by making some of these delicious bird seed decorations to hang in the garden and how nice would it be to watch which birds arrive too! You could make a bird watching chart and keep track of what is eating your work!
Make Your Own Mole House by Living Life Our Way All kids love making houses for their toys from cardboard boxes, based around the Sylvannian families little animals this blog post will show you how to make a one of a kind mole house!
Easy Peasy Pitta Pizza by The UnNatural Mother Kids love getting in the kitchen and tend to eat more if they have had a hand in making lunch themselves. These super easy pizzas made from pitta bread are the right size for little hands!
How to Make an Emoji Stress Ball by Chloe Me Just Me Personally I want all the kids to make me these! How great would these be though to keep little ones calm in times of stress, a couple of balloons and some play dough voila!!
How to Make a Paper Mache Ladybird by The Hectic Diabectic Can you remember being at school and playing with soggy newspaper to make a piggy bank? I can and I loved it! Definitely making this with my girls and super easy to transform it into lots of other animals too – now I’m wondering if we could make a unicorn!
Making Rainbows and Light Clouds with the lovely Five Little Doves How amazing would this look as part of a weather themed bedroom or to teach the children about where rain comes from and how rainbows are formed. My daughters are all about rainbows so this will be something they will have at the top of their list!
An Illusion Craft by Truly Madly Kids Remember those spinners you could buy that you put between your hands, then you would rub your hands together making the image flick from one side to the other – well imagine a bird cage on one side and a bird on the other… the options are endless!
Funky Sand Paint Pictures with Witty Hoots Combine two things that kids love and you have a craft that they will definitely enjoy! Sand and paint mixed will make such an amazing new texture for little ones, even more so once it has dried!
Puffy Planets. A Solar System Space Craft by the fabulous Thimble and Twig If your children are anything like mine then you will have had the whole shaving-foam-all-over-the-bathroom incident too! Why not contain it by adding a little colour to pots of the foam and letting them lose to create their own universes!
Rock Monster Families by Clares Little Tots Little ones love creating new friends and of course collecting stones and shells from the beach or walks in the woods etc. Make a who host of friends or animals with some paint and bits you have collected while out on your travels!
I now have a list of supplies we will pick up in town tomorrow (mainly aprons and paints!) and look forward to creating some new artwork with the girls this coming week. See you next Saturday where I will link up more crafts to keep you and your little ones busy!