Fun artsy things to do with the kids when it’s raining
I know not all kids are into creative activities but I’ve learned that most are willing to give it a try. Especially if parents let them try everything themselves and don’t worry about them getting dirty (just put them in old clothes for God’s sake!). My daughter is very creative and likes everything from drawing, painting, playing with PlayDoh, cutting and pasting things and other arts-and-craft projects. My son isn’t (yet) that much into it. But he does give it a try if I sit with him. Here are some craft ideas to do with small kids (mainly toddlers I would say).
One very easy craft project is to make pasta necklaces. I happened to have penne pasta and kitchen string so we used that. You could also use other kinds of pasta like big macaroni. Just make sure you can get the string trough the hole 🙂
Start by tying one pasta at the end of the rope so the next ones won’t fall off right away. If you do the same with the last pasta you don’t need to attach both sides. You can close the ends by twisting them around eachother. That way it’s also easy to take them off again (without pulling it over the child’s head).
All kids I know like to use stamps. So isn’t it even cooler if you can make your own stamps?
I had some zucchini I used for dinner that night and decided to make stamps from the ends of it. You could also use potatoes (most common to use for this purpose), carrot (careful since it’s hard, and it will also stain on it’s own) or any other hard vegetable with a smooth surface.
It’s wise to use finger paint or any easy to clean paint as it will probably be messy 🙂
Painting on cardboard
You don’t need official painting paper to paint on. If you have a cardboard box lying around it’s perfect. Just cut it open and use the panels as your painting canvas. It’s easier with kids as it can hold/retain a lot more water so it doesn’t crinkle when to much water is used.
With all painting activities I would advice using a special big apron to protect the clothing as much as possible. Because even though you don’t mind the kids getting dirty, it would be nice if they’re not totally covered in paint right?
Helping in the kitchen
Whenever possible the kids can help me in the kitchen. I often don’t want them to though as it’s much quicker without them. So I regularly let them help with specific tasks.
Catoo is good at making pesto, guacamole and pancake batter and can really help with many more tasks. Jip feels really proud when he gets to use a knife to butter his bread or help stir something. But he’s still mainly interested in the tasting part of cooking 🙂
It is so easy making kids feel proud of something they have done. It can be as simple as cutting something with a ‘real knife’ (use a normal dinner knife) on their own.
Other arts and craft projects
At the preschool my kids attend they do a lot of great arts and craft projects with the kids. These are examples of the things they do that you can easily do at home.
I hope you find these tips useful and that you will make lots of nice things with your kids. But ofcourse ideally they would do it all themselves without you having to help 🙂