Greetings on this rainy 4th of July! If your day is starting out like ours, you may need some ideas on how to spend this rainy day inside with your little ones. Below is a recap of some fun things to do while stuck inside.
Today is the perfect opportunity to check off some of those summer bucket list items! If you haven’t made your summer bucket list yet there’s still plenty of time! Or you can just use this 2014 Summer Bucket List printable.
Arrrr ya ready for an indoor Pirate adventure? Take some time to make a map then hide treasures around the house and find them using your map.
Did you miss my post on making pinwheels? This is a quick, fun activity to do with the kids. Use whatever paper you have on hand!
How about simply bringing out the paints and paper and let the kids run wild? Here are some easy, fun July 4th craft ideas.
So you just blew through all the crafts in less than an hour, now what? Who says you have to stay inside ALL day? Why not let your kids run outside to play in the rain? Every kid loves dancing n the rain! They are only little once! Maybe it will inspire you to host your own Mess Fest later this summer?
However you choose to spend your day I hope it is relaxing, safe and enjoyable. Happy July 4th everyone!
It was such a gorgeous day today, the girls and I spent most of it outside. We played with the water table, ran around flying kites, kicked a ball and even enjoyed our lunch outside. Then someone said, “Let’s make a craft.” I didn’t feel like making a huge mess with paint and no one was biting the line for crayons and coloring books. Quickly, I remembered I have this fun book I picked up from a retired teacher selling her 20 year collection of classroom books! I scored 2 big boxes of pristine kids books for $8.00!
There were a few different crafting books in the collection and I nearly forgot about this one. But, my girls pulled it out recently and asked to make a craft. I guess I couldn’t put it off any longer.
I love that it felt like I was opening a time capsule from the 1970’s when I opened this “How-to” book!
You can certainly find instructions on how to make pinwheels on Pintrest. But I love that the instructions are in pictures and simply laid out in this book. It is a much easier way for little ones to follow without the annoyance of scrolling and dropping WiFi signals. Plus, there’s a lot less pressure for perfection. (For me).
Here are the materials you need:
Scrap book paper (double sided has a great effect).
Wooden dowels (I used wooden skewers).
A 1-2 inch circle to trace
STEP 1: Measure an 8×8 square on paper. (I cheated and traced the instruction book to create my square page).
STEP 2: Cut out square.
STEP 3: Fold your square corner to corner and crease. Unfold and refold to opposite corners and crease.
STEP 4: Draw a circle in the center point. (I found this easier to do after I made the creases).
STEP 5: Cut along the fold lines and stop at the circle.
STEP 6: Lift every other corner of each triangle and pull to the center circle.
STEP 7: Push a thumb tack through the center of paper and then through the wooden dowel (or skewer).
The pinwheels really turned out better than I expected (since I didn’t use any actual tools to measure).
We did this just for fun, but it would make a brilliant party decoration! I inserted the stems of the finished pinwheels into colorful drinking mason jars. I removed the straws and pushed in the skewers. The points on the skewers makes it easy to poke into potted plants around a deck, or push into the ground to line a walk way. You can even fill up buckets with fun treats with a pinwheel poking out. Or just make it a fun way to pass the time on a sunny day!
What’s your on-the-fly/go-to craft? Feel free to share pictures or comments below!
Disclaimer: Clearly in 1978 kids were allowed to play with thumb tacks. Most likely while sliding down a hot aluminum slide over top of loose gravel. If you make this craft, please be sure you take precautions for little ones who still like to explore by putting things in their mouth.