April 13, 2011

9 things to do on a rainy day

Don’t go stir crazy inside: spring into action with these rainy day activities for kids. SunButter brightens up dreary days, too, and most of these ideas use materials and ingredients you already have at home. If not, stock up now so rainy day fun can comfortably begin while you’re all still in your pajamas.

Check out these things to do on a rainy day:

Get crafty

1.    Create pine cone bird feeders for your feathered friends. See Andrea’s step-by-step directions at Pie Birds, Buttons and Muddy Puddles.  She uses SunButter instead of peanut butter.

2.    Paint with worms: Use strings of yarn, dipped in paint, to make worm trails on paper.

3.    Bake for the dogTry these SunButter dog treats by Tracy at Sugarcrafter.These #SunButter Dog Treats will keep your precious pooch out of the mud!

Snack while you play

4.    Get out the cookie cutters, rolling pins and beverages for the kids and mix up some edible SunButter play dough.Maggie at Smashed Peas and Carrots has a three-ingredient recipe:#SunButter Edible Play Dough! Who ever said playing with your food was bad?!

1/2 cup SunButter

1/2 cup dry non-fat milk

1/2 cup honey

She also has her kids add dried cranberries or raisins. We suggest carob or chocolate chips, too.

5.    Make bird nests:These #SunButter Bird Nests will have birds flocking once that sun comes back out!

2 cups of butterscotch chips – Find a nut-free variety

1 cup SunButter

2 cups chow mein noodles or broken up pretzel sticks

Jelly beans or miniature candy egg candies – Find nut-free varieties

In a microwave-proof bowl or saucepan, melt the butterscotch chips. Have your “helpers” add the chow mein noodles or pretzels and stir. Get messy and shape into small bird nests, then place on wax paper and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Add the “eggs” to each nest.

6.  Make edible indoor mud pies or, as Kristy at Textiles 4 You created for April Fool’s Day, edible, um, poo.  Find her easy recipe.These #SunButter Bird Nests will have birds flocking once that sun comes back out!

Camp in

7.    Set up the tent, flashlights, books and of course lots of pillows—inside. Serve lunch on a picnic blanket, tell stories and make indoor s’mores: Break a graham cracker in half, coat one side with SunButter, then add a few chocolate chips and mini marshmallows and put the other half on top. Microwave for 10 – 20 seconds.

8.    Do a sun dance to your favorite kid tunes or kid-friendly radio station

Venture out

9.  Puddles are great fun, so if there’s no lightning or severe thunderstorms, get a little soggy fresh air and do your sun dance outside.

What are your tried-and-true rainy day activities? Any favorite SunButter recipes? We’d love to hear about it.

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