#36. Make Sock Puppets
Gather up some of your old socks (you know those ones whose pair has gone missing from laundry day…?), and then find some household items that can be used for eyes, mouth, and nose. You could use buttons for eyes, pieces of fabric for noses, and things like string, wool, ribbon, or even cotton wool for hair.
If your kids can sew, they can add the decorations with needle and thread, but for younger kids use glue.
Once the puppets have been made, leave them to dry. At this point, if the kids are still engaged, you could create a puppet theatre with a cardboard box and let the kids put on a puppet show for you.
#37. Make Play Dough
Children will adore making play dough and they will have fun exploring different food colourings to give the dough that lovely vibrant colour. Non-toxic, cheap and easy – perfect!
For an alternative, learn how to make salt dough for crafts that can be painted, decorated and given as gifts.
#38. Set Up a Racing Track
Supersize your rainy day activities and cream a huge racing track or road network using some masking tape, like this version from Be a Fun Mum.
Believe me, this is a HUGE success with all ages….adults included!
#39. Make Tie-Dye Clothes
If your child is tired of their boring white socks or you have some old t-shirts to hand, why not have a tie-dye day? You will need white clothing, a bucket or basin, water, various dyes, rubber bands, and rubber gloves to protect your hands. How you fold the fabric and secure it with rubber bands, helps determine the eventual tie-dye pattern.
It’s best to start with the lightest colour, if using more than one, and follow dye instructions carefully.
#40. Play Shop
Set up a little grocery/mini supermarket with tins and packets. If you have a play till, set up a checkout table and they can take it in turns to be the checkout person or the shopper. The ironing board made a great checkout in my youth! Have some bags ready to put the “purchases” in.