Let’s Make Some Rain!

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had the power to make our own rain, especially with so much of the country  experiencing drought?  We may not be able to make rain in the real sense, but with this activity, you can hear the soothing sound of rainfall anytime you wish.

All that’s needed to make a RAINSTICK is a long cardboard tube from a roll of paper towels or foil, construction paper and stickers for decoration, dried couscous, and duct tape.

1. Cover the tube with paper and seal the seam with stickers or the tape.

2.  Cut out two circles for each end of the tube. Drape one circle over one end and seal shut with tape.

3.  Pour about 1/4 C couscous into the tube.  Drape the second circle over the end and seal shut with tape.

4.  Decorate the tube with stickers. 

5. To make the sound of rain, slowly and gently tilt the tube from one end to the other.  Close your eyes, breathe in the rain scented air, and the illusion is complete!


Last Minute Gifts For Mom

My blogging friend Gail Terp: http://www.gailterp.com  collected these awesome websites that are loaded with last minute crafts and gifts the kids can make for Mom or Grandma for Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day is a few days away.  There is still time to make gifts for the Moms in your life.

 Mother’s Day Crafts, Cards, Activities, and Worksheets from Enchanted Learning

flowers, picture frames, cards and printables

 Mother’s Day Crafts for Kids from Martha Stewart

cards, tote bag, check book cover…

 151 Great Mother’s Day Craft Ideas from Mother’s Day Central

LOTS of ideas!

 Mother’s Day Crafts Kids Can Make from Better Homes and Gardens

gift jar (love this!), time capsule, flowers…

 Mother’s Day Activities from DLTK

cards, games, crafts…

 Mother’s Day from Spoonful

gifts, cards, recipes, quotes…

Check out some of these crafts.  Many can be made for birthdays, graduations, parties and any occasion you want to give a home made gift.  I don’t know any woman who doesn’t love a gift made by her children.  To all the wonderful women out there: HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY.

Nature Crafts

There are dozens of crafts and activities using natural found objects on the Make Play Dough website: http://www.makeplaydough.com

Once you get to the site, click on NATURE CRAFTS and find crafts such as Sand Art, Ocean in a Bottle, Seashell Refrigerator Magnet,  and many more using sticks, stones, leaves and other items collected from nature.

Explore the site for crafts and activities to make during holidays as well.