By Mary Heyl
April showers bring May flowers! Although it is important to focus on the beauty that will eventually come from a rainy season, it can be hard to get through a dreary weekend, especially now that the snow is gone. However, being trapped indoors doesn’t have to be a bore! With some fun crafts and a tasty recipe, a rainy weekend can also be a memorable one.
Why not enjoy a little throwback fun? Slime was once the stuff of Nickelodeon gameshows, but now you can make it right in your own kitchen! To get started, gather your tools: two plastic disposable cups, food coloring, Borax, measuring spoons and a bottle of white glue. Begin by filling one of the cups with tap water, about 2/3 full, and stir in one spoonful of Borax. Fill the second cup with about an inch of glue.
Next, add 3 tablespoons of tap water to the glue and stir. If colored slime is the desired result, add a few drops of food coloring to the glue/water mixture. For a deep green color, add 8 to 10 drops of green food coloring. To keep hands and surfaces clean, skip the food coloring altogether and make white slime!
Now add one tablespoon of the Borax mixture to the glue mixture. Stir well and observe how the watery glue begins to solidify into slime. Gradually add the Borax mixture to the glue until you’ve reached the desired consistency. Let the slime sit for a minute before pulling it apart and having some fun! Slime can be stored in a plastic bag and reused for about a week.
Give your home a festive touch by making faux stained glass raindrops to hang in the windows—a great activity for older and younger children. Start by drawing and cutting out a large rain droplet on a sheet of blue construction paper, cutting out the inside as well. Measure a sheet of contact paper with the droplet and cut out two rectangles large enough to place the droplet on. Unpeel the contact paper of one rectangle and lay it down, sticky side up, on the table. Place the construction paper droplet on it.
Next, cut out or rip small pieces of different shades of blue tissue paper. Allow your child to fill in the entire area of the raindrop with these pieces. Once the area is filled, add the second sheet of contact paper, sticky side down. Cut off the excess contact paper around the edges of the raindrop. Punch a hole in the top of the raindrop and hang in the window using fishing line and enjoy the sunlight streaming through!
Other than May flowers, the best part of a rainstorm is the rainbow! Celebrate this beautiful surprise by baking a batch of Rainbow Chocolate Chip cookies! Find your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and make up the dough (don’t forget to add lots of chocolate chips!). Divide the dough into four sections and place in small bowls. Using food coloring gel, color each bowl of dough with red, blue, yellow or green (one color per bowl).
Roll each bowl of dough into a long rope. Place each rope onto a sheet of plastic wrap and roll it up into one giant log of dough. If the dough is especially sticky or soft, chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Unwrap the dough and break off small portions, about 2 tablespoons each. Roll them into loose balls and place them on a baking sheet. Press extra chocolate chips into each ball of dough before baking according to recipe instructions. Let cool before enjoying with the family!