Summer days are often spent outdoors going to the zoo, having “fun in the sun” at the park, or playing slip-and-slide in the yard. But, do you have a plan for summer’s unexpected rainy days? Having some crafts in your back pocket will make summer rainy days fun and enjoyable for the whole family.
Check out these simple creative crafts for rainy day ideas to keep your kiddos entertained this summer:
- Bring the sun indoors. Use a paper plate, some paint, construction paper, scissors, and glue sticks to create a fun wall hanging to put up on dreary rainy days. Use yellow paint to cover the back side of a paper plate and set it aside to dry. Then make hand prints to cut out on orange and yellow construction paper (approximately 12, depending on hand size). Once your sun is dry, use a paintbrush and paint on a red smile, then use some black construction paper to fashion sunglasses for the sun. Use a glue stick to stick the hand shaped sun rays to the back of the plate and the sunglasses to the front.
- Make tropical fish out of scissors. You will need white construction paper, Fruit Loops, Elmer’s Glue, and scissors. Find a fish pattern online and cut out several white fish shapes out of the white construction paper. Let the kids spread ample amounts of glue across the fish, and then have them place Fruit Loops to cover the fishes’ skin surface. They can be creative and make patterns or use random placement. Make several fish with the kids and hang them from a string taped to the wall and create your own fish tank.
- Bake cookies. What could be more fun than baking cookies on a cold, rainy day? Use your favorite sugar cookie or shortbread recipe to create dough, then refrigerate the dough until it is firm to handle. Once the dough is cold, roll it out on a lightly flowered countertop. Use cookie cutters to create fun shapes or let the kids use their little fingers to mold the dough into their favorite shapes. Bake and cool, then use royal Icing and sprinkles to decorate the cookies. The house will smell great and the kids will have fun cutting out all of the cookies and decorating them.