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Crafty activities for rainy April days

Submitted by on April 7, 2013 – 3:59 pmNo Comment

Spring in the UK is one of the most beautiful times of the year: the sun comes out, flowers bursts into life and animals awaken from their winter slumbers. However, spring isn’t quite all sweetness and light, there’s plenty of rain to contend with too, as the infamous April showers force us to spend many afternoons inside. But instead of sitting there looking longingly out of the window, you can make the most of your time indoors and get stuck into some fun crafts with the kids.

There are loads of activities to keep both you and your children entertained until it’s finally safe to venture outside. Be warned though, the following ideas do entail rather a lot of mess, so make sure you get dressing down for playtime, rather than risk spoiling your best clothes!

Get the paints out

Painting is a great way for kids to get creative, have fun and practice motor skills like hand to eye co-ordination and dexterity. Great ideas for pictures to paint during an April downpour include the flowers in the garden, lambs, or even rain drops.

Tie dying

If you’ve given your house a bit of a spring clean recently, you might have unearth a few old clothes that you want to get rid of. But before you take them to the charity shop, you could try breathing new life into the old threads with some tie dying fun with the kids. As well as old shirts, elastic bands and dyes, you’ll also need rubber gloves so that you don’t stain your hands.  I have a great post about dying with permanent markers on The Mad House

Kite making

When it rains during April, it can leave you itching to get outside, so why not pass the time by making something that you can use when the downpour finally comes to an end? A homemade kite is really easy to make and will fly brilliantly in a cool April breeze. All you need to do is to make a cross out of two thin canes of bamboo, before covering them with a diamond shaped piece of crate paper, before folding over and sticking down the edges and finally attaching a length of string to the end of the kite. If the rain takes longer than expected, then you can get decorating the kites.

Clear up after Easter

Giving the house a clear up after Easter might not sound like the kids’ idea of a fun activity, however, if done the right way, it can be surprisingly enjoyable. All the sweet wrappers and old easter egg boxes that you have leftover from Easter can be used to make a multitude of different objects, from colourful stained glass windows made from tin foil, to a pirates treasure chest made from old Easter egg boxes.

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