6 Rainy Day Activities

If rainy weather is keeping you cooped up inside, don't fret! It only takes a little patience and imagination to keep everyone’s spirits positive in your homeschool. Our pick of fun rainy day activities are easy to do, budget-friendly, and use things you most likely already have around the house.

1. Bake a chocolate mug cake.
INGREDIENTS
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon hazelnut spread or mini chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Mix together the ingredients in a microwave-safe mug that’s 12 ounces or larger.
2. Add hazelnut spread or chocolate chips to the middle of the batter.
3. Place a paper towel on top of the mug.
4. Microwave for 70 seconds on high.
5. Carefully remove from the microwave and enjoy!

2. Create a colorful salt painting.
MATERIALS
Cardstock or any thicker paper
Bottle of glue
Table salt
Food coloring
Paint brushes or droppers

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Squeeze glue to draw a design or picture onto your paper.
2. Carefully sprinkle salt onto the paper until the glue is thoroughly covered.
3. Water down food coloring. Use less water for a stronger color.
4. Dip your brush into the paint and gently brush the salt-covered glue lines.
5. Let the artwork dry thoroughly. (This may take a day or two.)

3. Make homemade butter.
INGREDIENTS
Jar or food storage container
Heavy cream

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Pour any amount of heavy cream in a clean jar or food storage container (baby food jars work well). Add a clean marble and seal tightly.

2. Shake the container for about 30 minutes.

3. As the butter solidifies, it separates from the buttermilk. The process is complete when you have a fairly solid mass at the bottom of the jar.

4. Pour off the buttermilk and place the butter in a food-safe storage container for use.

4. Make Homemade play dough.
INGREDIENTS
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup salt
4 teaspoons cream of tartar
2 cups lukewarm water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Food coloring
Quart sized bags

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Stir together the flour, salt, and cream of tartar in a large pot.
2. Add the water and oil.
3. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly.
4. Continue stirring until the dough has thickened and begins to form into a ball.
5. Remove from heat and place equal parts into quart sized bags.
6. Add the color you prefer to each bag.
7. Knead the dough while inside the bag so it doesn’t stain your hands.
8. Once it’s all mixed, you’re ready to play.

5. Take a virtual field trip.
Explore world famous sites with just a few clicks.

British Museum (London)
Georgia O’Keefe Museum
Detroit Institute of Arts
Getty Museum
The Louvre
National Museum of the United States Air Force
National Women’s History Museum
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
The Vatican Museum
Georgia Aquarium
Houston Zoo
San Diego Zoo

6. Make a bird feeder.
MATERIALS
Pipe cleaners
Cheerios (or similar cereal with holes)

INSTRUCTIONS
1. String the Cheerios on the pipe cleaner until its full.
2. Twist the ends of the pipe cleaner together to form a circle.
3. Hang your finished bird feeder from a tree branch outside your window.

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