When the kids want something a little more structured than the usual free play (which is the norm around here) I sometimes encourage them to do art or a simple craft with me. We aren’t the craftiest of folks but we’ve tried this ideas for easy rainy day crafts and they have all been a success.
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We had a huge rain storm yesterday, so instead of our usual run-around at the park and leisurely walk home from school we ran for cover. While we were running I racked my brain for some rainy day crafts to do with the boys in case they needed some quick and easy entertainment at home.
We ended up working on the science of color experiment from our latest Kiwi Crate. We love KiwiCo crates because they are a craft box for moms like me who “can’t deal with crafts”! (Read my post about our total adoration of Kiwi Crate here.)
However, there are some super easy rainy day crafts that you can keep on your list of last minute ideas for the kids. If you’re inclined to get out the markers, check out 15 of the simplest drawing activities.
1. Make a paper boat. This is perfect for a rainy day because when the rainfall is over, you can sail it in some friendly puddles. When I did this with my son I learned a lot about good techniques for crafty with a non-crafty kid!
2. Make paper dolls. My son turned them into Star Wars clone troopers. How cool is that?
3. Make a simple sail boat, no folding skills necessary. These are different than the paper boats above and even better for younger kids because they don’t involve a lot of folding.
4. Make and fly paper airplanes and design your own landing strips. Make it easy on yourself: we ADORE this paper airplane book which even comes with paper. It has saved many an afternoon. The instructions are so thorough and it has some excellent plane designs.
5. Make and fly indoor paper boomerangs.
Watch some of our favorite easy crafts in action:
6. Make paper building blocks. Babble Dabble Do shows you how.
7. Make straw rockets. The Pleasantest Thing shows you how.
9. My boys love these transforming ninja stars. They do take some patience, but the folding technique is not difficult at all.
10. Turn an old fashioned rainy day craft into a science learning project with this easy and fun thaumatrope.
Do you have any EASY but fun crafts to do on a rainy day with the kids?