The rain here lately has been CRAZY!!!! Even when it's not raining, everything is still too soaked and muddy to really get out and play. We've been filling the time with little crafts and so today I thought I'd share a few easy craft ideas in case you're stuck inside and looking for a little inspiration.
I tend to craft with stuff that I have laying around and a lot of times my plan goes awry. This used to bother me, but now I just roll with. It may end up looking NOTHING like my inspiration picture or how I envisioned it in my head, but as long as the kids are having fun I call it a win.
Yesterday afternoon Mason wanted to make a craft and so I broke out the markers, paper lunch bags, googly eyes and fun scissors to make jellyfish.
They colored the bags with markers (these would be really cute with paint as well if you had a few more minutes).
Then we glued on googly eyes and cut the tentacles with patterned scissors...
They turned out nothing like I had envisioned, but the kids had fun and we have some new fridge art (and yes.... that's a Parks and Rec refrigerator magnet. #bestshowever)
We love making and then creating with play dough and you can read about my favorite AWESOME play dough recipe HERE.
A great craft for a rainy day is to make these fun umbrellas out of paper plates.
And if you bought paper plates to make the umbrellas, you should probably go ahead and make these jellyfish as well :)
These crabs are always a hit with my boys and the mess is "minimal" since you're really only using red paint.
and we turned this craft into a little day of service, by making about 20 of these handprint pictures and delivering them to the memory care unit at a local assisted living center.
This color clip game was a big hit with Luke (note to self... make a set for Mason!)
Speaking of clothes pins, I let Luke "decorate" a bunch of clothes pins and popsicle sticks...
... we turned them into some awesome airplanes (that we launched off our playhouse).
A couple of summers ago I made Luke an alphabet parking garage where I labeled the spots with capital letters and then the cars with lowercase letters and he had to park the lowercase cars in the correct uppercase spot. He LOVED this!
and back when I had WAY more time (and only one kid AND natural wood kitchen cabinets. hahaha) I sewed Luke a fabric alphabet that's magnetic. We actually still have this and all three kids now play with it - time well spent on my part!
If you're looking to entertain yourself on a rainy day, you can read about how to turn a pile of old clothes and/or fabric scraps into a cute headband or funky garland HERE.
And if you're looking for even more inspiration, check out my "kids crafts" board on Pinterest!
Happy Crafting, friends!