I’m bored!

It’s been a long time since I’ve written due to teaching and parenting and whatever other chaos has come my way. But after the last several days of giving suggestions to my colleagues and friends with younger children, I realized that I can help a lot of parents out there. Sure, I have the craft section of this blog, but I figured that I can just post quick ideas, and if you want the pictures, you can move over to the craft section.

So day 1 of craft and activity ideas for bored children and adults.

1. Baking soda in a pie tin. Give your kid a glass of colored vinegar and an eye dropper. This will amuse a kid (or an adult) until the baking soda is slop.
2. Bread painting. New (or really clean) paint brush. Color some milk. Let the kid paint the bread with milk. Toast the bread and butter it. Snack!
3. Stickers. Fish stickers on blue is an ocean scene. Have the child draw some seaweed, glue on some sand at the bottom edge, put on some fish stickers. Then cover it with plastic wrap. An aquarium. Animal stickers on green paper could be a jungle or forest. Have the kid make a zoo.


4. Pet rocks! First go rock hunting. You can stretch this out for a while. Is that the perfect rock? You can paint rocks. You can use markers on rocks. You can make monsters, pets, fun designs. Warm up the rock (or wait until “summer”), and you can use crayon, and it melts on the rock.


5. If you can wait, order shrink-a-dink paper. My kids loved shrink-a-dinks. Don’t let anyone tell you to use styrofoam meat trays. First it doesn’t work. Second no matter how clean a used one is, it’s not clean enough and will smell like cooked meat.

 

Good luck! Stay safe. Stay sane. We are all in this together.

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Winter and Christmas Crafts for Toddlers and Children

A few more winter crafts as Southern California is pillaged by a storm.  Ok, greatly exaggerated, but cold rain means no going outside.  No going outside means tornadoes on the loose inside.  I would like to dedicate these crafts to Outside Voice as she said “Just the thought of buying all the things you need for each one tires me out!” on my last craft post.  I expect most of you have these items around the house.

 

Gingerbread Men

(My sons are crazy about Gingerbread Men; I don’t know if it’s because I made some last week or that we are watching too much Shrek.  We used crayons and fabric paint to decorate them, but you can use a variety of different mediums.  Evan loved squirting the fabric paint, making a Santa Clause and elves.  If you don’t have a cookie cutter, then try this page for a template.  I actually liked the medium ones better than my cookie cutter.  http://www.first-school.ws/activities/fairytales/gingerbread-man-boy.htm)

 

Things you need:

  • Cardboard or brown construction paper
  • Gingerbread man cookie cutter or template
  • Black marker or pen
  • Scissors
  • Crayons, markers, fabric paint, finger paint, glitter glue, white out, (whatever you want to decorate with)

 

Trace the cookie cutter or template on the cardboard or construction paper.  Cut out pattern.  Let the child decorate the gingerbread man.

 

 

Snow Scene

(We did this in Girl Scouts; the girls loved it.  My boys loved it.   Watch toddlers carefully as they are known to eat chalk.)

 

Things you need:

  • Black paper
  • White chalk
  • Hair spray

 

Let the child draw a snowy scene with the chalk, making hills, snowflakes and snowmen to create the scene.  When the child is finish, spray it with hair spray to keep the picture.  If you don’t have hair spray, the picture will fade away eventually.

 

 

Snowflakes

(Just because sometimes we can’t think out of the box, let’s remember how much fun it was to cut out snowflakes.  Of course, my boys were too little to cut them, but they had fun playing with them and hanging them up.)

 

Things you need:

  • White paper
  • Scissors
  • Bowl (optional)
  • Pen (optional)

 

If you want circle snowflakes, trace the bowl and cut out the circle.  Fold the paper as many times as you like as the more you fold the more complicated the pattern.  Cut.  Cut squares, triangles, circles, and random shapes.  Unfold the paper.