Rainy day crafts for kids

Here are a selection of rainy day crafts for you to do with your little one when you next having a rainy day in.

Use the horrible wet cold day to snuggle in, put the heating on and get all the best things out of the craft cupboard.

Im definitely going to be trying the sensory bags soon!

Find the instructions for these tootsies art at

projectbalancingact

sensory bags

I really love the idea of these and even as a grown up i cant wait to have a squish!

Here are the instructions for the soapy sensory bag:

sensory bags
To make it, I filled a ziplock bag with one bottle of blue ocean body wash which I purchased at The Dollar Tree.  Then I tossed in a bunch of confetti that we had left over from Jewel’s birthday party.   I reinforced the ziplock bag with clear packaging tape before giving it to the girls.
This sensory bag is so FUN!  The more you handle it the more soapy bubbles you create, and the best part, they sparkle!

I agree these bags look really addictive, to find the instructions for the others check out growingajeweledrose

 

This is another idea i want to try, play dough that can be made in minutes and last 6 months, what is not to like about that? i love that there are as many varieties as you mind can think up, im liking the glitter dough. I can see my little one now squeezing her hands and watching it move!

You need:

  • 2 cups plain flour (all purpose)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • Up to 1.5 cups boiling water (adding in increments until it feels just right)
  • food colouring (optional)
  • few drops glycerine (optional- adds more shine!)

Method:

  • Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
  • Add food colouring TO the boiling water then into the dry ingredients (colour optional)
  • Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough
  • Add the glycerine (optional)
  • Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone. * This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it’s the perfect consistency!*
  • (If it remains a little sticky then add a touch more flour until just right)

Voila!

We use these Wilton Gel colours as they are much more vibrant and take only a tiny amount to colour the dough. We also use them in all our other sensory play activities to and they last for ever!

You can store this play dough in an air tight container for at least 6 months. If you live in a humid climate you might need to store it in the fridge and out of sunlight.

 

Find out more at theimaginationtree.com

Right, these have definitely got me excited for the next rainy day, rain dance anyone? 🙂

Kids crafts trends 2015

Seen it is the New Year and everything, what do you think will be the new crafting trends of 2015? Is there a way of bringing them into kids crafts? Why shouldnt kids be able to be bang on trend with the new trends of the year.

Here is a great article i found today, im really liking foxes, previous history of an owl obsession! I think my little one might grow up not too happy with the amount of owlage in her room!

Lovely article sourced from Indiecrafts

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craft trends

Christmas is almost here and 2015 is just around the corner! Pretty soon we’ll be making new years resolutions, Either towards your life or towards your crafting. I wanted to showcase some of the things I think will be trendy in the craft industry in 2015.

1. Foxes. I’m betting that foxes and other woodland creatures will still be going strong next year. I for one, still love a good fox or owl craft and I think we’ll still be seeing handmade items with a fox doodle, or hedgehog scrapbook paper.

2. Calligraphy. I’ve been seeing more and more calligraphy and hand writing inspiration in my pinterest feed and I think it’s a hobby that more people will be taking up or purchasing more typographic art.

3. Feathers and Flowers.  Feathers have been trendy for a while now, but I don’t think they’re growing old anytime soon. I also think wildflower fabrics and art will be making an appearance in the upcoming Spring season.

4. Recycled/Restyled Projects. I love a restyle project and I know a lot of other people do as well. Turning vintage flea market finds into a personalized piece of furniture is all the rage!

5. Simple Patterns. Chevrons, Herringbone, Scallops, Hearts and Stars as well as any other simple patterns are becoming quite popular. They’re not only easy to doodle (even if you’re not very good a drawing) but they’re also great for tone on tone patterned papers and fabrics that give you print without being overwhelming.

Kids craft New Year resolutions

So its a New Year and a new start, what New Year resolutions have you got? exercise more, eat more healthy?

How about your kids though? shouldn’t they have more New Year fun goals for 2015?

One of my resolutions is to be more organised this year… hopefully lasting longer than February this time! so i would love to be able to schedule some structured time for my little one to do more crafting if its either 10 mins a day or a one off hour when we have more time at the weekend.

I would love if you could pass on any ideas that you have? What quick, easy crafts would be good for the week or what longer crafts are good for trying at the weekend?

As probably anything in life, i have lovely images in my head that rarely come out like that in real life but thats the fun part though isnt it? Nothing beats hearing your little one laughing even if your covered in paint at the time and all you have to show for it is half a footprint off centered on a page!