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Friday finds…For a rainy day!

We have a very wet forecast for the weekend, which means – stuck at home!!  Trying to figure out how to entertain a high energy toddler within closed confines got me scouring for indoor play ideas. I’ve listed a few below that are on my must-do list. I hope you find something here that will evoke your crafty side for the weekend!

DIY Kraft paper play mat This one’s a winner. It’s so versatile you can just about make it into anything you like – A park, a race circuit, a neighborhood… anything your little one (or you) want it to be. All you need is inexpensive rolls of Kraft paper and some paint. You could even recycle paper shopping bags by opening them out and using the inner side all taped together to give you one continuous sheet.

This is a fun way to incorporate old pencils or even small crayons into art. It’s also a great way to learn your alphabets. Get the kids to make their own colored pencil art for their rooms using their initials.

My little one recently got his first drum set and it’s been a lot of fun since then. As much as I like his drum set, I wish I had come across this earlier. This is a sculpture by Helmut Smits using recycled tin cans and metal wire found via. It definitely is a lot of work, but so worth it, a perfect weekend project!

No indoor play is ever complete without that perfect tent or Tepee. So why not just make one yourself. This particular one was featured as a Valentine’s day fort, but I think in a house filled with kids, this could just be your go-to space any day.

DIY kids grocery store seen on Lushlee. Perfect for hours and hours of pretend play…love all the detail that has gone into this.

How absolutely charming is this. If you have a slightly older kid who is into crafting with paper, this just might be the perfect craft to try. This is a pendant style light made of 33 paper houses using vintage cookbook paper! I must admit, this is not going to be something little hands at my home are going to be working on, but I just might give it a shot one of these days!

Yarn pendants in rainbow colors found via. I remember making these a lot growing up. It’s amazing how timeless such an activity can be. A few colored yarns, lots of white glue, and some balloons are all you need for this absolutely satisfying craft. You could even try and hang these together in different lengths and used them as pendant lights!!

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5 comments

1 anupama { 02.25.11 at 10:41 am }

The drum set with tin cans and wire is just way too cool. Is that a life-sized scale or miniature (the latter I suppose)? Have fun crafting!

2 Tot stylist { 02.25.11 at 1:54 pm }

Miniature!! But you could actually make these for kids sizes, using Oil tins or Wholesale Cookie tins.

3 anupama { 02.25.11 at 6:18 pm }

hmm…oil/cookie tins…yeah, I can see how that could work. good idea!

4 anabel { 02.25.11 at 7:17 pm }

great collection of ideas. Thank you for sharing.
have a great weekend.

5 Tot stylist { 02.27.11 at 11:51 am }

Thank you Anabel… wish you the same too!

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