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Gramma's Rainy Day Survival List

If you don't want to plunk them down in front of the TV, keeping kids busy and happy on a rainy day is a challenge. This checklist of things to keep on hand will ensure that your kids always have something creative to do!
  • Assortment of old buttons (the button box is a great favorite!)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tape - masking and scotch
  • Thin string
  • Colored yarn
  • Construction paper, many colors
  • Regular white paper
  • Crayons (I like to keep them sharpened)
  • Colored marking pens
  • Hole punch
  • Assortment of cardboard things: boxes, toilet paper tubes, etc.
  • Assortment plastic things: bottle lids, pen lids, plastic containers w/ lids, etc.
  • Old magazines or catalogs with lots of pictures to cut out (they especially like the toy catalogs...)
  • Popsickle sticks
  • Toothpicks
  • An old blanket (and a couple of chairs in a corner to drape it over)
  • Recipe for modeling clay (see below)
  • Snack stuff (see below for my grandkids' favorite tidbits..)

  • Mix together
  • 2 /12 cups flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup salt
  • Food coloring, optional
Store in refrigerator.


My grandchildren are fussy eaters. But they love our little tidbits, served on a plate in small bits and piles, and eaten with their fingers for the most part. The key is the smallness of everything. These are just a few of their favorites:

  • Raisins, dried apricots and other dried fruit
  • Almonds
  • Peanut butter on crackers
  • Cheese, sliced VERY thin, or in little cubes
  • Apple slices
  • Banana slices (leave the peeling on, just make a slice on one side so it's easy to peel off)
  • Fishy crackers (the ones shaped like little fishes)
  • Peanuts (not in a shell)
  • Pretzels
  • Carrot sticks (very thinly sliced)
  • Chocolate chips
  • Applesauce
  • Cinnamon toast, cut into small bitsized pieces
  • Chex snack mix (we love to make this ourselves - combine rice, corn and wheat Chex cereal with peanuts and pretzel sticks and a little seasoning salt)
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