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5 Kid-Friendly Indoor Crafts That Will Save Your Rainy Days

By Maria Cook

With spring comes nice weather...and not so nice weather. The rainy days of spring can cause almost as much cabin fever as winter. If you find that your young ones are bouncing off the walls, focus their energy into some fun projects that you can work on together. 

These activities are great for solo play or if your child has a few friends over to play. They're also fantastic for either gender, and can be made more or less challenging depending on the age and development of the particular child. Best of all? They're all low on mess! Here are five eco-friendly indoor crafts to do with your kids, so they won't have to sit in front of the TV on another rainy day.

1. Prepare your own healthy, edible clay

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Clay can be fun to craft with, but it can also make messes and cost a lot. Not to mention, it tends to be made with ingredients and dyes that are bad for the environment. For an environmentally-friendly alternative, head to the kitchen with your kids and whip up a batch of homemade clay. This clay can be dyed with vegetable or fruit puree from the food processor. 

The best part? It's 100% edible! Spend some time shaping this clay into animals, cars, or whatever other shapes your kids enjoy, then chow down together. This activity hardly requires any clean up! To start playing and eating, check out the recipe here. It's worth noting that the ingredients can all be substituted with organic versions. 

2. Make your own lantern decorations

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Looking for a project that's easy for even young kids? What about a craft whose end result can serve a practical purpose? These tin can lanterns are exceedingly simple to create (all you need to start is tin cans and something strong enough to poke holes in it) and can also serve a real function as beautiful decor. 

Planning to host a barbecue or other outdoor get together this spring or summer? Have the kids help you make these lanterns to light the tables. Just be sure to supervise closely during both the hole-punching and lantern-lighting portions of this craft. Start making your lanterns with the help of this simple guide.  

3. Create your own herbal soaps

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Soap may seem like a complicated thing to make for those new to the idea. But the truth is, it's one of the simplest crafts around. And it is particularly suited to kids. How much more fun will bath time be when the kids can use soap that they made themselves? 

This eco-friendly herbal soap recipe is simple enough for all ages, and only calls for four ingredients, one of which is the soap mold itself! It's also important to note that there is no need to buy special soap molds to complete this project. Any makeshift mold will do, from measuring cups to cupcake tins.