10 artistic and scientific activities on rainy days for kids to try
It is a non-Newtonian fluid, which means that it exhibits both liquid and solid characteristics. You can easily make your own by simply mixing one part water with three parts cornmeal, adding food coloring for an optional extra pzazz. Toss in a large bowl and watch kids of all ages discover the joy of running their fingers through it like a liquid, then slapping it hard and meeting resistance.
Gillian Pro Tips: Oobleck dries quickly and leaves a residue of powder, so don’t panic if you have drips on the floor. If you choose to add color, add it to the water first to avoid stained fingers.
Take this food coloring again, with vegetable oil, a transparent container (jar or plastic bottle) and an antacid tablet. Fill the container most of the time (about ¾) with oil and top it up with water. Add a few drops of food coloring. Then break the antacid and drop it into the mixture into pieces. The tablet will fall through the oil on top and into the water below, which has been dyed with the food coloring. When the tablet begins to dissolve, it releases gases that bubble through the water and into the oil, bringing some of the color with it. Beautiful magic!
Want to avoid clutter? Try blowing balloons using gas produced by mixing vinegar and baking soda. These two ingredients form an acid-base reaction when combined, creating carbon dioxide that can be harnessed to inflate a balloon. Take a small empty water bottle and pour in half a cup of distilled vinegar. Use a funnel to carefully pour baking soda into the balloon until it is about a quarter full. Place the neck of the balloon on top of the bottle and pour the baking soda in – and take a step back and be amazed!
To make it a bit more experimental, study how different amounts of ingredients or different sizes of bottles affect balloon inflation.
Gather cardboard tubes, old magazines, yogurt pot lids, old gift wrap or tissue paper and whatever odds and ends you have at home and let the kids have self-serve creative. Who knows what they’re going to come up with – maybe an original robot, a magical sea creature, or a colorful sun catcher?
If you’re stuck at home before a camping trip, make a cute tent by gluing three triangle-shaped lollipop sticks, attaching a card or colored paper to the back, and adding a few details, like a small one. door or a small tissue paper campfire.
When the weather is too bad to go out, why not take a virtual tour of Ireland with a booklet full of arts and wonder – and practice your Irish while you’re there? Illustrated by Tarsila Kruse, Turas Tíre sa Teach features five beautiful places in Ireland, including the Giant’s Causeway and the Aran Islands. The printable booklet offers “like gaeilge” fun for all ages, including coloring, creative writing, word games and more.
Use the power of the sun (when it returns) to whip up delicious summer snacks with your very own solar oven.
You will need:
- a cardboard box (old tea bag box or pizza box)
- glue stick
- the scissors
- a ruler
- Aluminium foil
- black paper
Draw a square on the lid of the box and cut three of the sides of the square to create a flap.
Cover the inside of the flap with foil and glue it with duct tape. Tape black paper to the bottom of the inside of the box, then place cling film over the square hole in the lid to keep any dirt out. When the sun comes up and you’re ready for a snack, open the flap on top of the box and hold it in place with a ruler or stick. Put your snack in the center of the box and take it outside to a sunny spot. Then adjust the flap to get as much sunlight as possible in the box.
The sun is the primary source of all energy on Earth. Solar energy is generated directly from sunlight and can be used to generate thermal energy or converted into electrical energy – completely renewable! Solar ovens work by trapping thermal energy from the sun. The aluminum foil directs sunlight into the box, and the black foil absorbs heat and warms up easily. As a result, the air inside the oven heats up, helping to create these delicious snacks. Try melting chocolate or marshmallows and cookies for s’mores.
Overgrown areas are rich in biodiversity and ideal for pollinators such as bees. You can support the biodiversity in our ecosystem by planting wild flowers. Plant your seeds in a pot or directly in the ground, depending on the space for which you have room. Simply remove stones, weeds or grass from your soil and rake it. Get a box or packet of seeds, shake it well to mix the varieties, and scatter them evenly on the ground. If you keep the package, you can identify the flowers later. Water the soil right after sowing, then water daily. Finally, have fun identifying the wild flowers that appear.
Patience is the key here, so keep an eye on your plants and enjoy bee watching once they bloom.
Tie and dye t-shirts are back in fashion and are the perfect activity for a little older kids. All you need is a plain old white top, a sachet of dye, hot tap water, salt and twine, and rocks or marbles.
Follow the directions on the tincture packet and add eight to ten tablespoons of salt to the water. For a marbled effect, simply crumple the t-shirt into a ball and tie a string tightly around it. If you have stones or marbles, tie them in different parts of your top. Then put your T-shirt in the dye and follow the directions. Rinse it and hang it up to dry, then remove the string and beads. You can be as inventive as you want and get a perfectly unique t-shirt when we’re ready to resume concerts!
Making your own kite can be really easy. Just take a black bag, cut it out, and draw and cut out a diamond shape. Use garden or bamboo sticks to create a cross and secure it to your kite with electrical tape. Attach a long piece of string to your kite and cut strips out of another plastic bag – maybe one with different colors, if you can find one – and tie them to the string. You can cut out additional shapes to decorate your kite, if you like. And There you go!