Make any rainy/snowy day fun with these fun activities that will make your home sweet home a virtual kid museum.
1. Sensory Activity
Easy activity to engage the senses. Make each one of these in a disposable Ziploc container and keep them in the cupboard for a sensory extravaganza hour.
A. Play dough:
2 cups plain flour, 1 cup plain salt, 1 tablespoon mineral oil, 1 cup cold water and 2 drops of food coloring of choice. No cook, just mix well and store in sandwich sized Ziploc bags inside your Ziploc container. Use plastic knives, garlic press, cookie cutters and small rolling pin and your imagination.
¾ cup cold water, 1 cup Elmer’s glue, 2 drops liquid food coloring, ½ cup hot water and 1 teaspoon Borax. Mix and store in Ziploc container.2.Sand or rice box:
Fill your disposable Ziploc container with lid with rice or play sand and add small fun items like a super ball, marble, Legos, tinker toy, mini figurines, jacks, paperclips, marshmallows, coins or anything small and unusual. Cut a hand sized hole in the lid and duct tape the lid down to container. Perfect activity for small hands to guess what they are touching!
2 cups baking soda, 1 cup baking powder, 1 cup dish washing liquid, 3 drops liquid food coloring. Mix and add more baking powder if too wet. Knead until perfect consistency. Store in Ziploc container with lid on.
2. Make tie-dye t-shirts, bags, hats, socks, ties, pillowcases, scarves…
Find a 100% cotton white t shirt. Purchase either single dye packets from Rit and mix them in dollar store ketchup/mustard bottles or buy a dye kit at the hobby/craft store. Purchase a bag of thick rubber bands. You will need latex or nitrile gloves, a 12 inch dowel, paper towels, a large Ziploc bag and hanger to dry the shirt on. Soak your t-shirt in ½ gallon hot water and ½ cup baking soda before you begin, wring out shirt. Lay shirt out flat and then begin in the middle of the shirt and twist and spiral it until it is coiled. Spread dye in bands and hang shirt by rubber band until dry. Take off bands and see what you have created. Try different patterns and color combinations.
Origami is really fun and there are easy to difficult projects you can try out. Your local Hobby/craft store will have instruction books, or you can try here for some simple ideas. Buy a lot of paper, pull out your scissors and go to town! Origami will provide hours of entertainment for you and the kids.