If you are looking for activities to do on a rainy day, paper crafts for kids are ideal. You don’t need to go out and spend a lot of money on crafting supplies, and often they can use things that you already have in the home. Of course, there are also all kinds of fun crafting kits you can get that involve using paper and other items.
If you want to be sure that there is always something for them to do, even on the most boring of days, here is a list of supplies you should always keep on hand:
• White glue
• Construction paper
• Colored paper
• White paper
• Colored pencils, crayons and markers
• Water paints and paint brushes
• Scissors (kids’ scissors with rounded ends for the little ones)
• Glitter (a variety of colors)
• Beads and rhinestones
• Other fun crafting items
Whether they are playing alone or with a group of friends, they will love working on a craft project. Here are some of the fun projects you can do with yours (or let them do on their own or with friends):
• Paper Dolls – These were popular long before Barbie ever hit the scene, and many little girls still love playing with paper dolls today. You can get books that have dolls and outfits that kids can cut out and play with or encourage them to draw their own figures and design clothing themselves. Not only will they have fun, but they will also be developing valuable skills they will need later in life.
• Decoupage – If you have paper, white glue and kids’ scissors, your kids can have fun with decoupage. This involves cutting out various shapes and pictures and gluing them onto other surfaces. Younger kids may need your help with the cutting part. This can get messy, so make sure that you have a drop cloth and plenty of towels to clean up with.
• Chinese Lanterns – These are really fun and easy to make, and they are a great rainy day project. Simply fold a piece of paper in half, and cut strips from the fold line to about a half an inch from the end. Unfold the paper and wrap it around something around, taping the ends together. The cut strips should be going up and down, and the fold will be along the center.
• Boats – By using simple Japanese origami techniques, your children can make boats that will actually float in water (at least until they get too wet). You can also use these same techniques to make fun pirate hats.
These are just a few of the paper crafts for kids that you can do. If you go online, you are sure to find hundreds of other fun ideas that yours will love. Any time they are bored, you can just whip out the supplies and they will find that there are plenty of fun things for them to do, even if they can’t go outside.