Rainy Day Crafts to Entertain Your ChildrenThose pesky rainy days can throw a loop in daily plans, especially when it comes to keeping the youngsters calm and engaged while they’re stuck indoors. Fortunately, with a few standard household devices and tools, parents and caretakers can have the kiddos busy and entertained for hours as Mother Nature drizzles her glory. Here are eight easy indoor crafts for children to help pass the time.

1. Decorated Metal Boxes

What you’ll need:

  • Lunch boxes or old gift tins
  • Permanent markers
  • Paint
  • Stickers
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Glitter

Scout the house for any metal containers that can be spared, such as lunch boxes or old gift tins. Let the kids decorate with them using permanent markers, paints, stickers, 3-D household items or encourage them to glue on construction paper cutouts.

2. Pencil Toppers

What you’ll need:

  • Number 2 Pencils
  • Feathers
  • Fake fur
  • Ribbons
  • Construction Paper

Give those No. 2 pencils some pizazz by adding feathers, fur, a bow, ribbons or custom shaped cutouts to the top of the pencil. Depending on the material used, consider employing glue or florists tape to secure the topper.

3. Friendship Bracelets

What you’ll need:

  • Thread
  • Buttons
  • Beads
  • Plastic Cords
  • Ribbon

Break out some fishing line or thread and a box of buttons to allow the youngsters to piece together some bracelets. Another option is to use some colorful embroidery threads or plastic cords that can be braided to create lovely wrist adornments. Because these tasks can often require more than two hands, these projects could promote interaction and teamwork skills, too.

4. Magnetic Attractions

What you’ll need:

  • Magnets
  • Hot Glue
  • Bottle Caps
  • Construction Paper

Pick up a bag of magnets at a hobby shop or craft store. Gather the youngsters around the table and let them use hot glue to attach them to objects such as bottle caps, photos or their own clever creations. These make excellent keepsakes and can even be used as gifts for family and friends.

5. Tissue Box Treasures

What you’ll need:

  • Tissue boxes
  • Construction Paper
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Markers

Turn an everyday tissue holder into a cool treasure box by adorning its exterior with clever decorations. This colorful indoor craft for kids can be transformed into a keeper of secret treasures by simply tucking goodies into the box and then using a piece of cardboard or paper to create a covering flap.

6. Decorative Flowerpots

What you’ll need:

  • Flowerpots
  • Small Tiles
  • Beads
  • Glass
  • Paint
  • Markers

Let the kids get creative by decorating small flowerpots with small tiles, beads, glass, paint or permanent markers. Once these masterpieces have set or dried, wait for a sunny day to take the children to a garden store to pick out plants. Take them home and enjoy some time outdoors by having a planting workshop using the decorative pots.

7. Funky Art Frames

What you’ll need:

  • Picture Frames
  • Glitter
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Construction Paper
  • Markers

Any child’s latest creation can always be on display when you let them get wild and creative with some wooden or plastic frames, which can typically be purchased at a local dollar store. Glue items on, adorn it with some glitter, paint it like Picasso, and then find the perfect frame filler to complete the project.

8. Pet Rocks

  • Glue
  • Googly Eyes
  • Pipe Cleaners and Pom-Poms
  • Varnish

Unless some pre-planning is involved, the kids may need to put on a raincoat and chase down the perfect rock to make their pet from. Gather them around the table and let those imaginations flourish as they create a new ‘friend’ with their findings. To ensure a long-lasting friendship, apply a few coats of quick-drying spray varnish to the completed pet rocks.

Looking for more creative ideas to keep children entertained on rainy days? Contact us today to talk to one of our experienced hobbyists.