Rainy days have taken over Spring. I’m that person who’s very much affected by the weather. Rainy days drag my energy levels down, and often times my patience & positivity. Since I don’t have much motivation to leave the house with the girls when its yucky out, I’ve found ways to get creative with simple things laying around the house (and in our craft bins). Presenting my new rainy day activities series: Let It Rain.
Paper crafts are always an easy go-to when you’re not up for a messy activity – but want to get the kids excited and stimulate their own creativity. Since it’s summer… we’ve got ice cream cones on the brain!
What you’ll need:
- Construction Paper
- Glue stick
- Scissors (for parents only – unless you have child safe ones, then the kids can help)
- Fun, bright sparkly stickers (any you can find)
- Cardstock with patterns (or magazine clippings with bright colors)
- Popsicle sticks
- Brown crayon (optional)
Prep is easy. Since I planned this craft the night before, once I saw the weather forecast, I woke up and prepped while the kids ate breakfast and I sipped coffee. All you need to do is cut “cone shapes” out of the brown construction paper, about the side of your hand. Then pick various colors to cut “ice cream scoop shapes” in different sizes (a few large, a few smaller). If you have card stock with patterns, or magazines with bright pages you’re willing to chop, cut out small pieces that can be used as “sprinkles” (or “jimmies”) on the ice cream. No rhyme or reason, just snip snip away!
Clear space on a table for your child to sit and craft. Layout the cones, ice cream scoops, and sprinkles in steps (section 1, section 2, etc) to make it easy for them to go through each phase. Show them how to rub glue on the top portion of the cone, then pick a color for the first ice cream scoop (using the larger sized scoop first). Then, they pick the second scoop (smaller size), place glue on the back, and layer it over the larger scoop. This may sound confusing but these photos should help illustrate the concept.
Once their ice cream cone is “built,” they can choose from various sprinkles or stickers to decorate the ice cream! Let them take reigns on this part and use their imagination. Depending on their age, they may need guidance with the glue.
Once the ice cream cones & decorations are dry, tape 3 popsicle sticks together (at their ends) to create a long handle. Then tape that securely to the back of the ice cream cone, with enough stick showing at the bottom for their little hands to hold. I prefer “packing” tape… it’s strong enough to hold everything together with ease. You can use glue for the handles, but the time it takes to dry might create a hostile environment [insert eye-roll and laughter].
Most of all… have fun! LET IT RAIN