The weather doesn’t seem to appreciate that some of us have children to entertain. In neighbourhoods all over the country, breaks in the clouds can be like a starter’s pistol to parents pushing buggies and adolescents who wish to see their friends to race to park and enjoy the dry spell while it lasts.
Considerations over how to keep children entertained can be made all the more prominent where a child has a learning disability or a physical disability that means activities may be restricted (here’s where you can get a Cerebral Palsy lawyer in Detroit if your child has been affected). What we need is a backup plan. What we need, stowed away in a kitchen draw or strewn across a wardrobe floor, are crafts options to help pass the hours.
The only problem is that spending money on arts and crafts can sometimes seem like you may as well have bought an original Da Vinci rather than supply your kids with the materials to have a go at making their own. I’m serious. Have you visited crafts shops recently? Your child’s pocket money will be spent by the time they’ve chosen a packet of fanned out paint brushes and a single artist’s pad on which to scrawl their colourful nonsense.
It seems that in the same way cinema chains have realised we are captive audiences and charge us through the roof for stale popcorn and syrupy drinks that taste ballpark accurate, craft shops have opened their eyes to the fact that kids love crafts and that rainy days will force us to pay huge amounts for something to keep the children quiet while the grey clouds pass. That’s why we’re going to look at rainy day crafts that won’t break the bank.
Finger painting (with marbles)
- You most likely have a baking tray. Yes? Good. Now all you need is some printer paper, some acrylic paints, and a bag of cheap marbles. I think you can see where this is going.
Simply place the paper inside the baking tray and put blobs of paint wherever you like on the paper. Using four or five marbles to run through the paint, tip the tray slowly and watch as the marbles start to create a colourful mess. You can create themed messes to use as backgrounds – use greens and browns to create a background for painting lions and tigers, or you could choose blues with greens at the bottom to create a watery world that could be under the sea or inside a fishbowl. Whatever you choose, kids will love the marble rolling part!
Cardboard box theatre
For this you need one large (ish) cardboard box, some paper, scissors, sticky tape, and colouring pencils. Create the red curtains out of paper and stick them onto the opening in the box. Design characters and cut them out (see inspiration), sticking them to pencils with tape. And voila. Your cardboard box theatre awaits – the story is up to you. Encourage your kids to put on silly voices for extra comedy value.