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“A moment spent in wonder is worth a lifetime spent in awe.”

 

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  • Helena Loving these cauldrons. We've got some tissue paper so we may have a go too. #mmbc 20 Oct
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  • Musings of a tired mummy...zzz... I love this idea! So sweet to make a crafted garland. I like the idea of decorating the house like you would for Christmas #MMBC 19 Oct
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"God has an inordinate fondness for stars and beetles."

- J B S Haldane

Debs Random Writings

craft activites for boys and girls

How to make a patchwork bookmark

We needed an easy, creative activity today. We had snow, but not enough to entertain anyone more than 5 minutes outside. Just finger nipping cold, nose chilling wet. I don’t wish to sound greedy, but can someone send us enough to make a snowman next time, please? Continue reading

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Colourful Rainy Day Crafts

rainy day craft activities

There are two choices for how to entertain the children on a rainy day at this time of year. Either throw on the waterproof gear, go out and enjoy it, or break open the craft materials.

Here are ten of our favourite colourful rainy day craft activities to do with the children:fabric pompom rainbow garland2

1. Make a fabric pom pom rainbow bunting. We used coloured netting, but any strips of fabric should do.

A tshirt

2. Paint a tshirt. Could use an old tshirt or a pre washed new one. We used bottle tops and fabric paint to create a colourful letter on tshirts.

smiling dragonfly craft w

3. Make a mini-beast. We love dragonflies. Used a peg and felt tips to make our own version, which to this day, still live on the fridge, thanks to the magnets attached.

children decorated birthday cake

4. Make a graffiti cake. Break out the icing pens and gels. You provide the cake and they provide the enthusiasm.

toilet roll tube magnetic marble run

5. Gather up toilet roll tubes, paints, marbles and magnets to make a magnetic marble run. The more colourful the paint, the better. Hours of fun making and playing.

painted foot

6. Paint feet or hands and make colourful prints. We made cards ready to send on birthdays.

handful of painted acorn craft 2

7. Make a cardboard maze and paint some colourful characters to race around it. Ours are made from acorns, but it could be stones or anything that is small enough and round.

blow fish

8. Have a fish race. Just need paper, felt tips, string and a straw.

Origami mouse 18

9. Make an army of origami mice. Colourful paper and patience essential.

snail race wrestling

10. Make a circular snail racing board. As colourful as you like, although avoid textured surfaces as snails don’t like travelling over them. Easy to find snails on a rainy day. Just remember to return them from where ever you found them.

Hope you found something to brighten up a rainy day. Who knows. It may even scare away the rain clouds. No promises.

 

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Dye-ing to wear them

tie dye picnic bench

I think within an hour of finishing their tie-dye tshirts, I heard the first “Can I wear my tshirt?”

“No, not yet.”

This was repeated at regular intervals for the next 36 hours. I can hardly blame them.

tie die by chicken coop

(looking through the heart shaped window in the new chicken ark)

The kit we used, required the tshirts to be wrapped in clingfilm and left at least 6 to 8 hours. The longer it is left, the more vibrant the colours. Then the tshirts needed to be rinsed, washed and dried.

In our case, life delayed the process even more. Rain meant the outdoor theatre outing in the evening was cancelled, so a hastily arranged trip to the cinema was substituted. Leaving the tshirts forgotten and still wet.

tie die tshirt 2

Eventually, all nine tshirts were ready to be worn. Next amazing parenting feat, was catching all three children, as they escaped back into the garden after the torrential rain stopped. Challenging to say the least. I think I captured all nine of  the tshirts.

finding baby toads

The rain had brought out the baby toads, which are about three or fours weeks later than usual. There is an annual migration of these tiny toads through the garden. We had to watch where we walk and also catch a few for closer inspection.

feeding the pigeon

Also an injured racing pigeon has been staying in our garden for the last week. It has become so used to us that we can hand feed it. Soon as the children sat on the bench it flew down and all thoughts of modeling tshirts were forgotten. How can I compete with a pigeon?

tie dye tshirts car

The kit we used contained everything we needed, including the instructions to make spiral and sunbursts. We only used half the dye, which means we will be doing this activity again next summer.

I need to remember that the most successful of the tshirts were totally coloured with minimal white space, as it turned greyish instead of white after washing. (Just like putting a coloured sock in with the white load.) I’d also leave the tshirts longer before I rinsed them out, as some of the colours faded more than I’d have liked.

basket of tiedye tshirts

In case like Fiona you are brave enough to consider doing this activity and would  like to know which kit we used …… The kit was a hit with us, except for the cover picture (house rule, no whispering in front of others) and the gloves tore too easily. I would use my own rubber gloves next time.

Those apart, it contained enough dye and elastic bands for my three children to have lots of fun. The instructions are clear and easy for my 6, 8 and 10 year old to follow. Also the bottles used to apply the dye worked well. BUT do not underestimate the mess it will create. I’m still trying to scrub feet, hands and behind the ears of certain children! If you follow me on twitter, you’ll have seen the tie-dyed feet already.

(Should just add that this is a personal review and I’ve not been compensated in any way by the manufactures or suppliers.)

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