Today, I am featuring a guest post from Adam.
Adam is a blogger who enjoys Broadway shows and cooking. He also loves DIY projects to help turn boring rooms into fun spaces. He blogs at http://www.broadwayreviewed.
Here is Adam’s wonderful post.
3 Fun Educational Activities for Kids on Rainy Spring Days
With the arrival spring comes sunshine and playing outside, but it can also bring on rainy days. The rain doesn’t mean your kids have to be bored when they can’t go outside. Here are three fun craft ideas they can do to help turn a rainy spring day into a fun-filled spring day indoors.
Creating birds’ nests and a sun.
Papier-mâché is always fun for kids. By combining traditional papier-mâché with other materials you can bring a sunny spring day indoors.
You will need:
- Lots of colored yarn
- Newspaper and colored tissue paper
- 1 large circular balloon
- Small water-balloon-sized balloons
- Your favorite papier-mâché mix.
Creating the sun:
Have an adult or supervisor blow up all of the balloons. Now let the kids (with adult supervision) cover the giant circular balloon half way around with tissue paper so it forms a half circle. Now take some of the yarn and make large lines and strings that form large triangles and go across the balloon and out into rays of sunshine. Now lay more dipped pieces of yarn across the rays and let it sit and dry. You’ll want to place it on wax paper so it doesn’t mess anything up and so you can pick it up when it dries. If you use newspaper, the kids can color in the sun whatever color they would like. Colored tissue paper creates a fun colored sun and you can use ripped pieces to make it multi-colored.
Creating birds’ nests:
Have an adult blow up the water balloons. Now take ripped pieces of tissue paper and cover the large bottom section of the balloons. Now take dipped yarn and wrap it randomly around the tissue paper. Set these onto wax paper when you finish so they can dry.
Once dry, have an adult carefully pop the balloons, cleaning up the popped pieces of rubber. Now you can let the kids add origami birds and other things to the birds’ nests and place them throughout the room. You can also let them pick where you hang the sun for them.
Creating a springtime play:
This is where the day gets really fun. Have each of your kids pick out their favorite pair of footed pajamas for kids and come back to the room. Once they are there you can have some props like a hula hoop, tutus or toys that are safe for use indoors. Let them each pick a prop to wear with the footed pajamas to turn them into a costume. Each kid will now have to create a play about what they would be doing outside if it was sunny. They also need to choose something like the birds’ nests, tissue paper flowers or something else you created as a second prop.
Once the plays are done, everyone can come in and watch, then to celebrate, you can reward them with a fun springtime treat like Peeps or candy eggs.
Turning a room into a spring day is easy and can help your kids to use their imaginations, work on writing and help them learn public speaking skills. This is a great way to keep them entertained, busy, and happy on a day they couldn’t spend outside.
Thank you for the wonderful guest post, Adam!
I hope that you will all try these rainy day activities!
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