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7 Rainy Day Activities to keep kids busy for hours

ActivityBox Rainy day activities

Hello fellow sassy mamas!

Like all of you Sassy Mama is my go-to guide for what is happening in Hong Kong come rain or shine.

So when they asked if ActivityBox could help fellow Mamas beat the rainy day blues and keep kids entertained with indoor arts & craft activities we got straight on it!

The result?

7 rainy day activities guaranteed to keep kids busy for hours!

Spongy 3D puffy paint? Yes, please! Make your own paint colours and create your artwork on a paper plate. Pop it in the microwave and watch as it magically puffs up!

Then pretend you are a pirate and need to hide your treasure on a desert island. Make a map so you can find your loot when you return from your voyage!

Can you turn a block of ice into art? It’s easy if you know how! Just add a little salt and food colouring and sit back and watch your creation unfold.

You can find all 7 indoor arts & crafts activities we created on the Sassymama website.

Check out these awesome, inventive indoor rainy day (heck, they’re great for sunny days too!) activities from ActivityBox.

– Sassy Mama

We’ve included 2 of our favourites below so you can get started right away!

ActivityBox Puffy Paint

Microwave Puffy Paint

Make your own paint colours and create your artwork on a paper plate. Pop it in the microwave and watch as it magically puffs up!

Supplies

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup water
  • Food colouring
  • Mixing bowl
  • Small bowls or cups
  • Spoon or whisk
  • Small zip lock bags
  • Scissors
ActivityBox Puffy Paint Materials

Steps

  1. Mix together 1 cup flour, 1 tsp salt and 1 cup of water in a mixing bowl. Mix well so that the flour mixture is smooth and clump free.
  2. Take out a cup or small bowl for each colour of paint you want to make.
  3. Divide your flour mixture between your bowls.
  4. Add a different food coloring to each bowl and mix well.
  5. Take out your paper plates.
  6. Finally, transfer your puffy paint mixture into zip lock bags and make a small cut in the corner of each bag.
  7. Gently squeeze out the paint from your bag. Create images or patterns on your plates with the different colour paint.
  8. Place the plate in the microwave and microwave on high for about 30 seconds. If paint is not cooked yet pop it back in for 10 seconds.
  9. Remove the plate and let the paint cool.
  10. What happened to the paint? Did it puff up? What does it feel like?
  11. Repeat the steps to make more puffy paint art!
ActivityBox Pirate Treasure Map

Let’s Make a Treasure Map!

Ahoy Matey! Pretend you are a pirate and need to hide your treasure on a desert island. Make a map so you can find your loot when you return from your voyage!

Supplies:

  • A4 Paper
  • Crayons
  • Pencil
  • Black pen
  • Paintbrush
  • Tea bag or coffee
ActivityBox Pirate Treasure Map Materials

Steps:

  1. Draw an island shape on your paper with pencil.
  2. Now draw obstacles you need to cross in your path to your treasure (falling coconuts, a river to cross, a dark cave to go through!)
  3. Make dashes to mark the path to your buried treasure!
  4. Write “start” to mark where to begin and draw a treasure chest or X to “mark the spot” where you buried your treasure.
  5. Go over your pencil lines with black pen.
  6. Colour in your map and obstacles with crayons.
  7. Make your map look old by “painting” it with cold tea or coffee and then gently crumple it up into a ball. Set aside to dry.
  8. When the paper is dry gently unfold it and smooth it out. Tear off pieces around the edges of the page to make it look even older!

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