Rainy Day Crafts

When there is nothing to do on a rainy day and you have nowhere to go, try out these fun and simple crafts by yourself or with the kids.

1.) Build your Own Chia Pet and Watch it Grow!

Grab some old tights and fill the toe with grass seed. After you add the seed, add soil. Moisture control potting mix works best. When you are finished, tie it off, give it a face and stick it in a decorated yogurt container. Make sure there is a little water in the container and after 10 days that little guy will need a haircut and your children will be excited.

2.) Create a Magic Bottle

First you need to gather the ingredients. You will need a clear, empty bottle (One with a cork or lid works well), distilled water, glycerin (You can get this at a local pharmacy), glitter flakes, sequins, light plastic beads and anything that sparkles and is light. Last, you need pretty twine to wrap around the neck of the bottle. Mix it all together, shake it up and you have your very own magic bottle!

3.) Monster Pet Rocks

Gather pebbles and rocks with the kids and turn them into monsters! After you have the rocks, paint them all over one side at a time, leaving them to thoroughly dry. Then when you know the paint has dried, use a fine paintbrush to make the details of the face. Acrylic paints work best. Make sure to glue on those google eyes to complete the funny faces.

4.) Monster Magical Slime Fun

What you need is 1 teaspoon of Borax powder, 1 ½ c. water, 4 oz. (or ½ cup) Elmers glue (It’s best to use clear glue) food coloring. Readers say they had trouble with blue food coloring. Last, you need glitter, the secret ingredient to making it magical. Mix it all together and watch it begin to solidify!

5.) Fun with Science

For this project you will need baking soda, vinegar, plastic bottle, balloon and two funnels. Using your funnel, pour vinegar into your bottle filling only about 1/3 of the bottle. Using another dry funnel, pour baking soda into the balloon and fill the balloon approximately ½ way. Cover the top of the bottle with your balloon and make sure you don’t let the baking soda spill into the bottle too early. When you are ready, lift your balloon allowing the baking soda to fall into the vinegar. Finally, watch the mixture as it fizzes, bubbles and expands your balloon! This will allow you to discuss how baking soda and vinegar produce a gas which fills the balloon.

By Brittany Cassidy