You don’t send your child out in the rain, and this makes them irritable. Let’s make their monsoons fun and crafty while spending some time with them and keeping them busy as well.
Monsoons have set in, and while I enjoy my day with hot cups of coffee, my little one is often brooding. Why is she sulking … because it’s raining heavily and she cannot go out and play with her friends. Now, this is a situation, in fact, a major one, because her young tireless soul has no clue how to vent out her trapped energies. Alas! this is just followed by tantrums and lot of crying sessions … to be appropriate she is going through the monsoon blues 🙂
A few days back it occurred to me how she could stay calm and use her energies in a constructive manner. While she was in school, I looked at the various art and craft samples, which my daughter would be able to do on her own, with little or no help from me. That day when she returned from school, it had already started raining and I could sense that her moods are swelling up. So after a hearty lunch, we sat down together and I introduced her to the world of art and craft. At first, she was a bit hesitant, but later she wanted to do everything on her own. The craft activities kept my daughter and me hooked on for hours (of course, I had my cup of hot coffee to give me company as well).
Here are some cute and simple crafts which we made:
1. Shiny Fish Wall Hanging:
- Hard board/ card board
- Aluminium Foil
- Coloured Paper
- Marker Pen
- Fevicol/ Glue
- Draw an outline of 3-5 fish on the hard board (I used card board).
- Take a piece of aluminium foil. Keep the outline of the fish on the foil and cut it according to the shape of the fish.
- Paste the foil on the hard board.
- With coloured paper make fins and tails and paste them on the fish.
- With a marker pen make their eyes.
- Then paste all the fish on a ribbon and the glittering fish are ready to swim.
Time Taken: 1 hour
2. Photo Frame
- Card Board
- Paper Knife
- Coloured Paper
- Decorative things
- Cut 5 pieces of the cardboard according to the size of your photo. (2 will be big and 3 will be small)
- Cut one big piece of the cardboard from the centre. This will be the front frame.
- Take the other big piece and the 3 small ones to create the middle layer. The 3 small card boards or the middle layer are pasted on the back part. Once this is done the frame is pasted on the middle layer.
- The middle layer creates a gap through which the photo can be easily slid inside the frame.
- Decorate the frame with coloured paper and other decorative things like flowers, coloured beads, thermocol beads or what ever you want to put. I have used glaze paper, coloured tape, and few flowers.
Time Taken: 2 hours
3. Pencil Holder:
- A round container
- Paper ribbons
- Satin ribbon
- Round mirrors
- Thermocol balls
- Take a container (I used an old container) and some colourful decorative ribbons (streamers).
- Wrap the container with these streamers.
- Now decorate the pencil holder with thermocol balls and round mirrors.
- Paste the satin ribbon on the mouth of the container to give it a neat finish.
Time Taken: 20 Mins
4. Modern Art Painting
- Beads of 2 sizes (1 small, 1 big)
- Transparent zip lock plastic box
- Squeeze some paint on a plate, add water and mix well with a brush. Roll the beads in the paint. The beads should be fully submerged in the paint.
- Next, place a paper in the plastic box. Now place the painted beads on the paper.
- Close and lock the box.
- Shake the box well, ensuring that the beads roll all over the paper.Repeat till the paper is covered with some random coloured designs.
- Try rolling 2 or 3 different colours together. A combination of Red + Yellow, Red + Blue or Blue + Yellow can be used to see what happens.
- You can stick the art on your child’s cupboard or make a frame for the same.
Time Taken: 30 Mins
Is your little one still sulking? Engage them and trust me they will get so engrossed that they will forget their blues 🙂