The weather’s so miserable at the moment, that only the most hard-hearted parent could tell their child to go play outside. But sometimes even kids who are usually happy to sit for hours with their books or computer games suddenly attack you with that familiar cry of “I’m bored!” So, I thought I’d make a few suggestions for some easy crafts and activities that you can have up your sleeves for rainy days.
Pom poms have an eternal appeal for kids, it’s maybe to do with their cute fluffiness or the way that you can magically transform a flat piece of cardboard and some wool into bright spheres.
Whichever, you have options here. If your child is patient, they may enjoy making the pom poms from scratch. You need some cardboard, such as an empty cereal packet, scissors, and wool of your choice. Here’s some detailed instructions.
If your little one is not so patient, you can buy the pom poms. Either way, once you have the fluffy balls of wonder, you can glue them together to make creatures or people, add googly eyes from the craft shop, and pipe cleaner arms or legs. Older children might want to decorate their hats and scarves.
You might not know that instead of buying playdough, you can actually make it at home from kitchen cupboard staples. It’s very easy, and it’s nice to know that you know exactly what’s in it, and that the ingredients are non toxic. Kids can enjoy mixing up a batch and then squishing it into the carpet, I mean creating amazing models with the results.
Amy loves anything to do with witches, wizards and magic, and since taking her on the Harry Potter Studio Tour she’s crazy for anything that swings a wand or throws fairy dust. We now often spend time making Cloaks of Invisibility (old sheets) and boarding the train at platform 9 3/4 (the kitchen on an average day). Here’s a really great resource to make your own magic wands if your family is the same.
An oldie but a goody: baking
Kids tend to especially like making biscuits – the type that you roll out and cut with biscuit cutters are most fun. When they are cool they can also decorate them in different coloured icing, with silver balls, hundreds and thousands, etc. And of course, eating the result of all their hard work is always an enjoyable part!
I think most children love snow globes and most kid’s reaction to the news that they can make snow globes themselves is huge excitement and wonder. I really enjoy this craft because anything that uses glitter is incredibly exciting for me too! They are very easy and it’s lovely that you can personalise them, adding your kid’s models, photos and whatever else they like.
Anyway, these are the activities and crafts that are a hit with Amy. What do you turn to when you need to keep the kids entertained?