Friday 23 January 2009

Rainy Days

The weather has been pretty grim the last couple of days, I had hoped to do some errands yesterday but is was cold and wet and certainly not bicycle weather! Instead we have been doing crafts, or rainy day crafts as Ebi-kun calls them. One was a pom-pom bird, the final one in the set and then he wanted to do more sticking so I let him loose with a bag full of bits, the glue and the box from the pom-poms to decorate. That kept him busy for quite some time, he also experimented with which things he could cut with his scissors and wanted to know what everything was made of.

We also did lots of painting, started out as marble painting but ended up with full on hand painting. This surprised me because he doesn't like getting his hands mucky anymore but he initiated it. He was also interested to see what happens when you paint of different types of paper/card, a lot of experimenting went on.
The rest of the day was filled with marshmallow building, marble run building - I always get roped into helping with that one! making things with cardboard boxes and of course playdoh. I had printed a couple of activities out from the web but we never got round to them. I feel we may have another similar day today as the weather is looking grim right now - I really need to get to the post office though, fingers crossed that it will clear up soon.
My top tip for moms of little ones is to keep a couple of rainy day activities hidden in the draw for such days, Ebi-kun knows I have a secret stash of rainy day activities hidden away and actually gets excited when it rains :o) Any crafty kits he gets as presents get put away in the draw and although I usually have a supply of crafty bits and bobs knocking around the house I try to keep a small stash just for rainy days along with a pot of glue.

What are your favourite rainy day activities?


  1. Hi there,
    Wow! I'm so impressed. I'm a teacher (at an international school in Japan) and would love it if all of my kids had these opportunities at home!
    What a great mum you are!
    By the way, welcome to the Japan Team...I'm in it too.

  2. True, true, you are really impressive!

  3. thank you, what a lovely comment, it made my day :o)

  4. I have a dream of acquiring a large hutch or cabinet of some type to put in my dining room, that I can FILL to the brim with craft supplies for rainy day fun and such. It's going to be splendid!


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