Making 3-D circus scenes is a fun rainy-day craft project. The materials include shoe boxes, washable markers, egg cartons and washable paints. Another rainy day craft idea involves turning caps from old, dried-out markers into finger puppets.
For the circus scenes, put plenty of newspaper down on work surfaces so that the kids can paint away on their shoe boxes, making the outsides look like circus tents. After the paint dries, instruct the kids to add some more detailing with washable markers. They can also use the markers or other drawing utensils to draw circus characters on file folders or construction paper. The next step is cutting shapes out of a foam egg carton and then cutting the characters out. Glue the shapes to the back of the characters, and then glue the characters to the back of the box lid to finish the circus scenes.
Wrapping marker caps in colored masking tape and drawing faces but no hair, necks, torsos and clothes for the characters are the first steps of making marker-lid puppets. Tie knots in the middle of several 6-inch pieces of yarn, and glue the knots to the top of the markers to give the puppets their hair. Hot glue should dry quickly, but school glue requires more time to set.