3 Easy DIY Activities for Rainy Day Family Fun

3 Easy DIY Activities for Rainy Day Family Fun

April is here, and we all know what that means—those April showers are on their way! And if you’re a parent, you also know how important it is to plan indoor activities for your kids during wet weather.

Are you beginning to wonder how you’ll keep your tots entertained during April showers? We’ve got you covered!

Do you have a bottle of Elmer’s glue? A bit of food coloring hiding in a kitchen cabinet? Now just grab some Sta-Flo Liquid Starch and you’ll be ready for a month of fun.

Here are 3 easy DIY activities to show your kids all the fun that can come with a rainy day.

1. Get Silly with Silly Putty

Remember using silly putty to pick up newspaper ink as a child? While newspapers may be going out of fashion, silly putty has made a comeback! Luckily, you don’t have to hunt for those classic egg-shaped putty containers—simply make your own with 3 ingredients:

  • One 4-ounce bottle of Elmer’s Glue  
  • 2 ounces of Sta-Flo Liquid Starch
  • 2-3 drops of food coloring
DIY silly putty via Smiley360Source: Kidsdiscover.com

Here’s what to do:

First, shake up your Liquid Starch to make sure it isn’t separated. Then, in a large bowl, combine your Elmer’s glue, Liquid Starch, and 2-3 drops of your favorite food coloring. Mix your ingredients together with a spoon until the mixture thickens, then let your kids take the reins! Have them knead the putty with their hands for 3-4 minutes.

Once the mixture has a putty texture, your children can spend hours molding, cutting, squishing, and bouncing this tactile treat. The best part? An easy clean up!

2. Have a Slimey Good Time

Slime might sound messy, but this recipe isn’t! Using the same ingredients as your silly putty, your kids can create a fun slime to stretch, throw, and shape all day.

DIY slime via Smiley360Source: Top Inspired

What you’ll need:

  • One 4-ounce bottle of Elmer’s Glue
  • 4 tablespoons Sta-Flo Liquid Starch   
  • 2-3 drops of food coloring

Thought things couldn’t get any easier? Well, they just did! To make slime, we follow the same exact process we used to make silly putty.

Remember to shake up your Liquid Starch before pouring, then combine your ingredients in a large bowl. You’ll find the mixture to be stringy and sticky at first, but keep mixingafter about 3 minutes of work, it’s slime time!

Want the fun to last all year? Grab some shaving cream for a slime surprise!


Source:Slime Masters


What other fun DIY projects can you do with a simple bottle of Elmer’s glue? Share your ideas in the comments below, or tag us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter using the hashtag #SmileyDIY.