Friday, March 25, 2011

Fabulous Finds Friday: Rainy Day Fun

It has been a rainy start to spring this week. Luckily, I stumbled across a number of really great ideas and activities to do with kids indoors. I haven't tried them all yet, but I've filed them away for future rainy days.

  • I love this cute idea from Skip to My Lou, and since I just picked up a big role of freezer paper last week, I can't wait to give it a try. You'll find a free printable bear pattern and tutorial on her blog with directions for how to print this easy project out on fabric using your home printer! This would be a great activity to do with slightly older kids as a way to introduce them to sewing. With my two year old, I plan to have him pick out embellishments he would like to add to his bear - what color bow tie we could add or what color buttons for the bear's eyes.

  • A bit more involved, but oh-so-cute is Leafy Treetop Spot's The Fishing Hole Roll. Seriously, this is just too cute! Not only would this make a rainy day trapped in doors just so much more fun, but this would also be cute to bring with you to your next play date. I can even see this as a great activity for toddler's birthday party. And, since the fish have magnets in them, it would also be cute to use the fish to hang your little one's art on the fridge.

  • If you've been following my blog, you know that I've been taking a lot (LOT) of pictures lately. I love this idea posted by Modern Parents, Messy Kids. This quick, easy, and super cool kid photography project would be fun to have older children brainstorm what they would like to have written on their photos. Then have them decorate a frame, and voilĂ ! you have an adorable Easter gift for the grandparents! And, if you've never used photo editing software before, no problem! The post even includes links to tutorial for using picnik, a free online editing site.

  • And for those of you with a little, little one at home, I love this idea for an embellished burp cloth that keeps teethers or pacifiers within reach. Posted over at Merriment Design (though I found it through Craft Gossip. Man, I love that site!), this tutorial is extremely well put together and includes a free pattern for the project. I love this idea!

  • I know I've mentioned this before, but I also adore Dana Willard's MADE blog. So many fabulous ideas, especially this week. She had the perfect rainy day activity - turn a room in your home into a butterfly santuary! A colorful craft to do with kids of just about any age.

  • Another cute and colorful DIY project comes from the Green Eyed Monster blog. This tutorial for a bow and barrette holder would be fun to do with little girls. A colorful craft to brighten a rainy day.

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  1. The butterfly sanctuary is so cool! Thanks for the rainy day ideas... it is still raining here!!! Here's what we've been doing to keep busy...

  2. Nicola,

    Love your blog and coloring pages! Thanks for stopping by!


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