Rainy Day Activities to do with your Grandchildren

This post was written by Valerie on November 9, 2011
Posted Under: Crafts for Kids-Grandparents

Rainy day fun

Now the rainy days are starting in San Diego and Orange County it is time to come up with fun activities to keep the Grandkids from fighting and getting into everything. Here are a few fun things you can do with things you have around the house.

Really Silly Putty

1/2 C. Elmer’s white glue

1/2 C. liquid starch

3 drops of food coloring

Before starting this project make sure you do not do this one over a carpeted area and that the kids have clothes they can’t ruin.

Place the glue in a medium shallow dish and slowly add liquid start to the glue–here is the kids part: have them put their hands in the bowl and knead the ingredients with their fingers. The longer you can get the kids to knead the dough the better the silly putty will turn out.

Ask ahead what color they would like their silly putty and let each child put a drop from a teaspoon into the mixture. It only needs 3 drops so you get a “turn” too. Then let the kids need it until all the color is mixed in and then let the silly putty fun begin.

Cinnamon Holiday Ornaments

1/2 C. cinnamon

1 C. applesauce

1 T. nutmeg

1 T. ground cloves

1 T. white glue

Ribbon

Pour all the above ingredients (except the ribbon) into a medium size bowl and let the kids take turnsĀ  mixing it until it is stiff. Now have each child take a gob and have them roll their dough to 1/4″ thick flat. Give them cookie cutters they can choose from and have them cut the dough.

Give each child a straw to make a hole where the ribbon will go (to be able to tie it on a tree). Grandparents here is your part: help each child gently place their decorations on a wire rack and it will take 5 to 7 days, turning occasionally for the ornaments to harden.

This waiting is the hard part but bring the kids back to finsh their project which they get to paint and glitter and let dry.

The ornaments will smell like cinamon and hopefully all smiles when they see their new decorations.

 

 

 

Reader Comments

Where did you get liquid starch in San Diego?

#1 
Written By Jean Cummins on May 12th, 2012 @ 4:21 am

Go to Amazon on the top of the page or copy and paste the following into your browser: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_11/181-4252416-2086927?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=liquid+starch&sprefix=liquid+star%2Caps%2C306
You can also try Rite Aide or Michael’s.

#2 
Written By Valerie on May 12th, 2012 @ 11:49 pm

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