• Eco ideas for rainy days

    by  • May 28, 2013 • DIY projects, green by numbers, staff picks, Summer • 26 Comments

    Rain can be heart-breakingly elusive in parts of Australia, though some of us have seen no shortage of water from the sky.  Not only is it important to keep a household emergency kit prepared, why not also have on hand a ‘just for rainy days’ kit (for kids and grown ups). Here’s a wide choice of resources to help you stock your kit.

    Above: Amazing Origami set, recycled cardboard building inspiration from Acorn Pies & re-sew-cool kits.

    1. An origami set. We stock a couple (called Amazing Origami and Sweet Origami), but it could be some repurposed or recycled paper you’ve picked up along the way with some free internet instructions.

    The Australian Government has beautiful printable origami sheets and instructions for a Northern Corroboree Frog, a Pig-Nosed Turtle and an Australian Pelican to introduce kids to the importance of wetlands in Australia.

    2. A recycled cardboard building set. Stash toilet rolls and small boxes as you come across them into a hidey spot only to be brought out “in-case-of-emergency” (i.e. storms), to maintain enthusiasm as a special treat. We found this wonderful castle inspiration from Acorn Pies.

    Remember to keep tape, scissors and markers handy as well. Our wonderful MakeDo kits which let you do away with all that sticky tape! Oh, some of the kits are currently reduced too!

    3. A craft kit. Building dexterity while making something practical can be great fun. Pull together a little collection of fabrics, buttons and threads (check out this great link for recommended equipment for a kids sewing kit). If you’ve never visited Reverse Garbage we recommend you check them out for colourful and interesting secondhand materials.

    Don’t have much time? Check out our wonderful re-sew-cool kits & support this amazing mum-run business.


    We’d love to hear your ideas of what to keep in an eco ‘just for rainy days’ kit!

    We are giving away a prize pack containing 1 x Amazing Origami kit, 1 x MakeDo kit for one and 1 x re-sew-cool kit of your choice (a total value of up to $59) to one lucky blog follower*.

    To be eligible for the draw you need to:

    Blog: (1) Follow our blog (if not already) by clicking on the Follow tab hovering in the bottom right of your screen, then; (2) Leave a comment below this post with your eco idea of what to keep in your ‘just for rainy days’ kit!

    *We’ll draw one comment from a blog follower to win! Competition ends midnight, Sunday, 9 June 2013. Australian residents only.

    WINNER ANNOUNCED: Congratulations to Susan who won this prize. Thanks to all who entered for their amazing ideas!


    26 Responses to Eco ideas for rainy days

    1. May 28, 2013 at 3:49 pm

      The rainy days kit…..sparkles, glue, fabric scraps, pastels, cardboard tubes, string, pie tins, scissors……oh the things you could make!

    2. Mary Preston
      May 28, 2013 at 7:58 pm

      BUTTONS: for sewing, for sorting, for glueing. We rescue them from worn out clothes & visit the op-shops. Obviously not for tiny tots, but I always know where to find a button or two when needed.

    3. Karly
      May 28, 2013 at 11:16 pm

      A cross stitch kit. So time consuming yet so simple and the finished effect is a piece of art

    4. Rachel K
      May 29, 2013 at 2:49 am

      Take advantage of the wet weather with a rainy day art session — use water soluble markers or paints (cheap water colour palates from the Reject Shop work well) to draw a picture, and leave it under a drizzle for about 20 seconds, then see how it changes. You don’t even have to draw a picture you can crumble up water colour and place them on the paper and place under the rain for a more abstract look! You can experiment with different strengths of rain downfall!

    5. Julienne
      May 29, 2013 at 6:37 pm

      My rainy day kit consists of flour, eggs, milk and butter and whatever fantastic flavour ideas you can come up with! Baking with children is not only heaps of fun with the reward of a yummy treat but an opportunity for some great learning opportunities. Talking with your children and discussing how you measure is a great maths lessons. Reading and following instructions is invaluable tool for improving comprehension and understanding sequencing. If they are older and you are so inclined you could discuss the physical and chemical changes that occur when baking. Just having conversations as your working together as a team is a wonderful experience! But most of all it is just so much fun!

    6. Susan
      May 29, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      We have lots of old boxes, pictures from junk mail, old envelopes and we use it to play postman! Otherwise colouring in pictures printed on the blank sides of old printing, sorting buttons from my childhood button collection or just reading books bought from Op Shops or Lifeline Bookfest! :)

    7. Penny W
      May 30, 2013 at 8:33 am

      This is a great question! We got stuck inside during the floods at the beginning of the year,
      I admit I did go a little crazy, so the household was forced to come up with idea on how to keep ourselves
      occupied! Here is a list of my go to ideas that use items already in the house ( I wish I could post some
      photos of our creations, but I dont think blog posts allow it):

      – Old used A4 paper (I study so there is lots and lots of lecture notes to be printed and saved) This is what
      we have used it all for so far: 1) to paint on, 2) to draw on, 3) our newest idea (which is a hit) is to shred the
      paper and make it “hay” and “animal food” for our rainy day farm animal cage, 4) Papier Mache- so fun.
      – We also have an old sheet on stand-by for our inside days, mainly to make a hide-n-seek tent.
      – Carboard boxes and toilet roll holders. After having to buy so many things when baby was younger I have a
      pile of boxes in the back room that can be turned into just about anything you can come up with! our latest
      creations (fish-tank and pinball machine)
      – Old baby clothes are great for playing teddy-bear and toy dress ups!
      – And printed photos. on the back of the saved paper I have printed a selection of photos of the family.
      I have then cut them out and turned them into a “Family Memory Game”. Played exactly like memory, flip
      them over and see if you can match them up!

    8. Jamie Powell
      May 30, 2013 at 9:43 am

      In our eco rainy day box all we need is scrap paper. My girls who are age 5and 1have endless ideas for sheets of pre-used paper: fans, aeroplanes, paper dolls with clothing and the absolute favorite at the moment chatterboxes! Quite nostalgic of my rainy days as a kid.

    9. Nicola James
      June 1, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      Wool, knitting needles and a pattern for me, gives me a great start for winter. A knitting nancy and wool for the girls who want to be like grandma. A large bar of chocolate as a treat!

    10. christina
      June 1, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      My family love to play board games. Its a great way for everyone to interact and in some games work on your team skills

    11. Lyn Lawd
      June 1, 2013 at 7:49 pm

      I have beads and bling to make necklaces, bracelets and earrings also card stock and stickers for Christmas or birthday cards

    12. Sonya
      June 2, 2013 at 12:58 am

      I think a pack of cards needs to be in any rainy day kit! Keeps my kids entertained for hours (even the toddler… who loves simply throwing them around the place!).

    13. Narelle Rock
      June 2, 2013 at 9:18 am

      Paper, paint, glue, glitter, pipe cleaners, cake mix, icing and plenty of imagination!

    14. nicrogla@bigpond.net.au
      June 2, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      This sounds amazing and something we could all do as a family

    15. Heather
      June 3, 2013 at 9:34 am

      My rainy day kit always contained a block of clay. Great activity out in the garage.

    16. deb m
      June 3, 2013 at 9:35 am

      Some dark chocolate and marshmallows……..for a real hot chocolate of course……

    17. Ryan
      June 5, 2013 at 9:29 pm

      A good game of chess!

    18. Kirsten W
      June 6, 2013 at 11:12 am

      As the mother of toddlers all I can say is boxes, boxes and boxes. All you need are boxes and they will be happy for hours!

    19. Margaret Hollis
      June 7, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      A rainy day means bed, books,box of chocolates- a 3B day!

    20. Eden mcgill
      June 7, 2013 at 11:50 pm

      Old stockings! They are great for making plant animals, door stops and all sorts of fun things!

    21. Kylie D
      June 8, 2013 at 2:44 pm

      On the last rainy day here we moved the dining table in the lounge room and with a few sheets and tape, turned it into the Best Cave EVER (direct quote from the 5 year old). Juice boxes were given out as a special treat, then rinsed and turned into walkie talkies with the aid of some icy pole sticks & more tape. Sticky tape is the no. 1 item in my Rainy Day Box!

    22. Abby
      June 8, 2013 at 6:10 pm

      Our rainy day kit has paper, glue, scissors, glitter and cotton wool.

    23. nicola baker smith
      June 9, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      Tye Dying is fab fun the kids and absolutely love doing this rain hail or shine

    24. Erin
      June 9, 2013 at 9:10 pm

      Popping corn the old fashioned way _ no microwaves allowed! There is something so exciting about waiting for the popcorn to start popping in a saucepan on the stove. The kids love the suspense! And its pretty inexpensive too.

    25. Tina S
      June 9, 2013 at 9:56 pm

      Some recycled wool and a crochet hook to make yourself a scarf or beanie for those rainy days!

    26. Linda dc
      June 17, 2013 at 12:23 am

      Lego is what is on our rainy day menu we can create anything and have so much fun that we forget about the rain all together, and we also do jigsaw puzzles,chess and monopoly.

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