Rainy day crafts at the cottage

By Penny Caldwell »Penny Caldwell

August 29th, 2007


Why you shouldn’t throw out single socks: Because their lost solemates will turn up years later under the bed in the sleeping cabin.

Cleaning is a rainy-day activity for sure. But when our children were young we had more fun things to do, like getting dressed up in raincoats and wellies and marching around in the puddles. When everybody has been couped up inside for hours, this is immense fun and the air smells so good after a rain. On sunny-day marches we collected bits of nature to dry out for the next rainy day, when we would suspend the pieces from coat hangers to make mobiles. (Speaking of home-made mobiles, we saw a wicked one made of suspended beer cans at a friend’s cottage recently – but I digress.) A variation on the nature hunt is to send the kids out with a scavenger list: a feather, a maple leaf, a pine cone, five small stones, a garter snake…just kidding.

One of our favourite crafts for young kids on a rainy day was to create pretend snakes from construction paper. Cut 2 strips of construction paper and place one over the end of the other at a right angle. Fold the strips over each other until you have a long accordian. Glue eyes and a curled forked tongue on one end. Ten years later when you’re cleaning, you’ll find accordian snakes and caterpillars stuffed at the back of your cottage shelves.

Does anyone else have a favourite activity for the kids on rainy days at the cottage?


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Sep. 5, 2007

5:02 am

If it is not rainy, but cool and overcast, a neat idea is to set-up an obstacle course for young kids (typically toddlers, 3 - 6 years old.) We did this once with every possible lawn chair, wooden bench, umbrella etc that we could find. The kids entered at one end, exiting at the other end while being encouraged by wild cheers from adults and those too big to do the course. Naturally sweet prizes awaited those coming out of the exit and motivated them to run the course again! Another idea is to take sun toys and turn them into rain toys. A big blow-up kids wading pool can be inverted into a make shift tent using a stick or chair to prop it up... have a picnic under the inverted pool while listening to the rain. Similar thing can be done at the shore end of a dock but watch for spiders! Cooking is a great pastime, too... making cookies or brownies after which everyone helps clean-up. Or even helping with dinner... remember when G and Seb shucked the corn?

Penny Caldwell

Summer Cottager

Sep. 4, 2007

9:26 pm

Great ideas. Love the rainy day box. We have a "music basket" at our cottage that we inherited from our cottage "mentors" when they sold their place (they passed on their drum kit, too!). The basket is filled with various music makers: tambourines, shakers, and so on, a couple of harmonicas, and some homemade instruments – enough fun stuff that when anybody picks up the guitar, or sits down at the keyboard (both of which happen frequently!), they can have a whole percussion section to back them up.



Sep. 3, 2007

8:59 am

We've got a 'rainy day box' at the cottage. This has a whole bunch of craft supplies - paints, crayons, scrap book stuff, along with a list of crafty ideas. When we arrive we'll put things in it like a video we all want to watch, and only get it out if the weather is too bad to go out. It was a rainy day when we first watched 'An Inconvenient Truth', and we spent the rest of the day coming up with ways of saving the planet! Sounds nuts, but it got the whole family thinking about the effects of climate change and how we could become more environmentally conscious. I have a list of more rainy day activities on my blog.


Sep. 3, 2007

7:31 am

Take a digital camera, [one that can withstand a bit of rain] and take some pictures! Find things in nature that look like the A,B,Cs. See how far you can go through the alphabet. Take funny shots of each other, making funny faces, in funny places! Play the 'Ugly Game'. Take a photo of YOURSELF doing the most funny, scrunched up, ugly face you can make. Then pass the camera on to the next person. Have a prize for the 'ugliest' winner! My 'kids' are all grown up, but we love these activities too!

Jennifer Lavender

Aug. 31, 2007

11:12 am

I loved the ideas for using nature in crafts. I am adding your blog to my Blog Day 2007 post. I hope you'll stop by and have a read!

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