Friday, December 19, 2014

What To Do When They Say I'm Bored



It is so nice to be done with school for a little while, and be able to slow down our day.  But, I have noticed, as I do every time this year that down time isn't always a good thing.  I put this list together a Summer or two ago, but there are still some great crafts into to help the Summer move along at a happy pace.

There are enough crafts listed here to keep your children occupied until they leave for college!

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Jean at the Artful Parent always has the most amazing projects.  I follow her on Instagram and the ideas seem to be never ending!

We made homemade crayons over the Winter.  We used those little plastic ice cube trays in the shape of stars that you can find at the dollar store.  The chunky shape is also nice for little hands to grip.

 

crayons
Have any of you ever tried finger knitting?  I think it looks like fun!  What a fun little garland it would make in the girls room.

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Finger Knitting

What windy Summer day wouldn't be complete without a homemade kite?  You could fly them, or use them for really colorful decorations....maybe a Kite Birthday Party theme?

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Butterfly Kite Kid's Craft With Straws


Kite craft with straws butterfly

There are so many days in the Summer that it is too hot to be outside, unless you add a little water.  Water guns can get a bit tedious for the Littles to fill.  But, this sponge necklace would keep them busy for hours.  I included the link to the original post, and also the directions if you want to put one together.  The directions say to freeze it when you are done, but I think a bucket of water would be more fun for them to play with.  Let me know what you think.  

Cool Off Necklaces


Materials:
Dry sponges cut into 1/2" squares (any small shape will do)
Embroidery needle
25" of .5mm Stretch Magic cord

Cut and thread a needle onto a 25" length of the Stretch Magic cord.
Thread 1/2" pieces of sponge onto the thread and tie the ends into a knot when it’s full.
Wet and ring the water out of the sponges then put the necklace in the freezer. Wait a little while (30 minutes or so).
Take the necklace from the freezer and put it on-cool off!

What do you do in the Summer to stay busy and cool?   

19 comments:

  1. Love this list! If you get a chance I'd love if you could link this up on My Favorite Things: http://timeforseason.blogspot.com/2014/06/my-favorite-things-saturdays-628.html

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    1. Thank you Steph! How can I say no to an invitation like that :) I will head right over.

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    2. Thanks for Linking up at My Favorite Things Saturday! :D I still love the list ;)

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  2. Love the idea of a cool-off necklace; wish I had thought of that as a child!

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  3. Fantastic compilation of things to do - pinning it to use when my toddler is a bit older! :) xx #letkidsbekids

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    1. Thank you, Caroline. I personally want to sit down and learn how to finger knit :)

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  4. What a nice list! I would want to try the finger knitting. Me, well my son is not yet the age where he gets bored. He always have things to do in the house, nooks to discover but when hes at the age I will go back here =) #LetkidsBeKids

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  5. Great ideas there. I always like a good list if things to do through the summer holidays. That necklace looks fab for a hot summers day.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

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    1. Thank you Karen. Yes, sometimes the simplest things are the funnest :) Why didn't I think of this necklace!

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  6. More great ideas that will keep kids away from the television! :) Those are always my favorite!! Thank you for sharing creative inspiration on the Art of Home-Making Mondays!

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  7. Great ideas! I love ideas that get kids outside.

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  8. Awesome ideas, great post! I'm so glad I found you on the blogging homeschoolers page, tweeting it now :)

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    1. Thanks for visiting Rebecca! Thank you so much for the share. I look forward to hearing from you again :)

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  9. what fun ideas! taking notes and adding them to my summer-time arsenal of fun :)

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    1. I'm so glad to hear it, Linda! I hope you enjoy them :)

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