We live in a very rainy state, which means my kids (and myself) are constantly STIR-CRAZY from about October to May. This year it even rained well into June, and I feel like I was always running out of ideas. I can only go to the library so many times (especially since my 2 year old has no inside voice) and as much as I love Target, my 4 year old hates it.
This year, I am determined to break out my inner “Pinterest Mom” to save not only my sanity, but my bank account as well.
I tested out one craft the other day when it was actually too hot to go outside (I’m a wimp with a newborn, sue me.) The kids loved it, and it was so easy to execute. Three ingredients? Close to an hour of independent playtime? Super cheap? SOLD.
I like to call this craft/experiment/child occupier, VOLCANO ART.
Okay, so there are actually no volcanoes involved, but it’s volcano ingredients and it sounds super cool to a 4 year old.
Cake Pan/Something to put baking soda in
Pretty simple right?! Added bonus: Most of these things are probably lying around your house. If not, they are super inexpensive to go get. (Thank you, Dollar Store)
All I did was mix up the food coloring with the vinegar and put it in little Tupperwares for each of the kids. Don’t leave your two year old unattended with colored vinegar, however. I turned my back for two seconds to help Micah get set up, and she chugged it. Vinegar. And then spit it out all over herself. What followed was crying, dry heaving and the weirdest, loudest burps I have ever heard. It was sad, but really weird. And that’s Sophia for you..
Once the vinegar was mixed up, I put the baking soda in the cake pans and showed them how to use the eyedroppers to shoot the vinegar all over. It fizzes up, then stays colored and makes some really cool designs. Hence the “art”.
Micah ended up turning his cake pan into an ocean, because he got carried away with the vinegar and dumped it all in at once. It kept them entertained for over twenty minutes. That’s enough time for me to do some dishes, drink a La Croix and listen to half of an Awesome With Alison podcast, so that’s good enough for me!
What fun things do you do with your kids when it is rainy and miserable outside? Drop your ideas in the comments below!