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5 Rainy Day Art Activities that Bring Families Together

Updated: Sep 11, 2023

Elevate inside time with these fun and simple creative stretches!

It's raining, it's pouring, is your day inside boring you to tears? Have no fear! Elevate inside time by trying these five (5) simple, rainy day art activities. They are sure to bring giggles, fun and connection for everyone. No screens required.

1. Guess the Word - (At least 2 players) I used to play this drawing game with my students as a class reward, warm-up or brain break. On slips of paper write nouns, adjectives and verbs. If you have enough people, teams can be fun. When it's your turn, pick a slip of paper and with or without a timer, draw a picture as the other person tries to guess. You can make it easier by giving a clue such as telling them the type of word it is or allowing more time for them to guess. You can choose to play for a certain amount of time or to a certain point value. You can even add a little challenge by having the last word clue drawn be worth double the points. You can draw on a sheet of paper, a big pad of paper on a chalk board or a white board. You choose what works best for you and use what you have. Enjoy!

2. Finish the Picture - (At least 2 players) The first person starts by drawing a doodle, line, shape whatever they choose. They pass the paper to the next person and they add something to it. Players take turns drawing for a certain amount of time or until they want to stop. Observe and admire the beautiful collaboration that you created. Feel proud. Have a laugh. Enjoy!

3. Making Claydough - (At least 2 players) Do you remember how fun it was to play with Playdoh? Now you can relive that experience with this easy recipe. Chances are you have most of these ingredients:

- 1 cup flour

- 1/3 cup salt

- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar (prevents crumbling, lasts longer)

- 1 cup water

- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

- Drops of gel food coloring (optional)

*For color - Add a few drops of food coloring to the cup of water before pouring it in the saucepan.

Step 1 - Mix all ingredients together in a 2-quart saucepan. Step 2 - Cook over low/medium heat, stirring.

Step 3 - Keep stirring until mixture thickens. Clumps to spoon.

Step 4 - Move the mixture to a plate or wax paper to cool.

Total prep time: Approximately 10 minutes minus cooling time.

Storage Tip - Store in airtight container to prolong use.

You can use the claydough to make sculptures. Enjoy!

4. Trace the Object - (At least 2 players) Choose a few traceable, random household items. Don't show the other person what you have. Ask the other player to turn their back or you can turn yours. When it's your turn, trace the object. Show the other player your tracing. Ask them to guess the object. You can give them clues if you want or more than one guess. Enjoy!

5. Family Portrait - (At least 2 players) Grab a paper and drawing tools of your choice. One person serves as the model while the other players draw them. Take turns posing for each other until everyone has been drawn. You can set a timer for each person who models if you'd like. This activity helps develop longer attention spans and the skill of close observation. Share your masterpieces. Enjoy!

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