Dollar Store Boredom Busters!

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These boredom busters for kids are simple to set up and are perfect if you are looking for easy ways to keep the kids entertained while indoors. Since most of the materials can be found at a local dollar store, they are super affordable too! You may even be able to sneak in a little learning […]

Rainy Day Fun — Paper Bag Houses

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This invitation to create paper bag houses is so much fun to explore, and super simple to set up! It’s a great after school activity, and perfect for when you need a bit of rainy day fun. My kids loved designing their paper bag houses to create a colorful village, then spent the rest of […]

Glow in the Dark Boredom Buster

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Simple Boredom Buster for Kids Do you know what I love?? Creating a SIMPLE (and cheap) boredom buster that keeps the kids happily entertained for a long time! This glow in the dark building activity is great if you need something to keep the kids busy on a rainy day, and it only uses a […]

Simple Fine-Motor Activity for Preschoolers

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Here’s a simple fine-motor activity for preschoolers that is easy to set up, and develops important “pincher grasp” muscles. All you need is a basket and some clothes pins! Invite your child to attach the clothes pins to the outside of the basket! Other options: Count the clothes pins as your child attaches them to […]

Free Printable for Preschoolers: Bakery Play Mats!

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Here’s a free printable for preschoolers that works as a great boredom buster, especially for kids who love to draw or play with play dough! These bakery play mats let kids decorate cupcakes and cookies however they would like. Keep the sheets in a binder, and you’ll have an instant (and free) play mat booklet […]

10 Cheap Busy Bag Ideas for Kids

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These busy bag ideas are a great way keep kids entertained, especially when you need a simple boredom buster with minimal set up required. Having busy bags pre-filled and ready to go is an easy way to organize materials for spontaneous play time fun whenever inspiration strikes! You probably have many of the materials to […]

Autumn Tree Sculptures from a Paper Bag

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Fall Craft for Kids Need a boredom buster for the kids to celebrate Fall using materials you probably already have on-hand? These Autumn tree sculptures can be made from a paper bag and coffee filter leaves, and they are a great way to introduce kids to the concept of form and balance in sculpture art! […]

Rainy Day Fun: Simple Stop-Motion Animation

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If you’re looking for a good boredom buster for the kids on an otherwise rainy and dreary day, try creating simple stop-motion animation videos using a camera, a tripod, and some old toys! My kids thought this project was so much fun, and I love how it renewed their interest in some of their older […]

Simple Summer Scrapbooks Kids Can Make

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Need an easy way to keep the kids busy while preserving some of their favorite Summer memories? Here is a very simple scrapbook project the kids can make, just in time for back-to-school when many teachers begin the school year asking what the kids did over Summer vacation. A big thank you to Melissa & […]

How to Play with Stuffed Animals

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Do your kids own lots of stuffed animals? Wish your kids would play with their stuffed animals instead of letting them collect dust on the shelf? Looking for something fun to do on a rainy day?? For a fun time, create a disguise kit for pretend stuffed animal “spies”! You’ll want to change their appearance […]

How to Make Cloud Dough

How to Make Cloud Dough

Summer is a great time to get outside and play in the sand and water, but those aren’t the only sensory activity opportunities! The warm weather makes it easy to take a variety of activities outside, and that typically means less mess and more fun! So today we’re sharing a video tutorial on how to […]

Pretend Cake Tutorial

Pretend Cake Tutorial- This simple, no-sew craft is great for rainy days, or any time you'd like to enhance pretend play!!

It’s amazing how much learning actually takes place during pretend play. The first time I discovered that my son could add and subtract efficiently, without prior lessons and without prompting, was while playing grocery store. I was astonished as he added up my total! Thanks to several rainy days, we’ve recently had a great deal […]

Kid Craft — Simple Leather Bracelets

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As part of the Michaels Passport to Imagination program, the kids and I thought it would be fun to try one of the take-home projects they have outlined in the passport! This one is inspired by South Africa to make leather bracelets, and they are fun and easy to make!! I love how the passport […]

Around the Web: Sidewalk Chalk

Around the Web: Sidewalk Chalk

There are so many ways to learn and play with sidewalk chalk. It’s great for play prompts, open-ended play, and educational activities. This makes it a must-have in the summer, and we know you’ve been stocking up!  Are you looking for creative ways to use your stash? If so, you’ll want to stockpile these 10 […]

2013 Unplugged Summer Pact

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I’m so excited to share that I have just signed the Unplugged Summer Pact, sponsored by our friends at Michael’s®. What I love about this pact is that instead of going completely screen-free, the pact calls for 2 hours of dedicated screen-free time every day this Summer, and 2 hours a day is definitely do-able! […]

Homemade Grape-Scented Galaxy Play Dough

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Need a quick boredom buster that will keep the kids entertained for a good long while? Try making a batch of homemade grape scented play dough, then add some glitter for “galaxy dough”!! Clara adores anything shiny and sparkly, so this was a HUGE hit for her!  I hardly ever use glitter in crafts (it gets EVERYWHERE), […]

5 Ideas for Process Art

5 Ideals for Process Art

Have you ever heard the phrase “it’s the process not the product?” That perfectly sums up process based art! Instead of focusing on every child making the same cookie cutter craft project, each child is able to manipulate art materials to create what they want. I’m sharing 5 ideas for process art that range from […]

50 Ways to Keep Kids Entertained During a Blizzard

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Keeping kids entertained during a blizzard can be quite challenging, especially if they have lots of extra energy to burn. Here are 50 of our favorite indoor activities for while the blizzard is going on, before you head outdoors for some fun in the snow! Added bonus — you probably have everything you need for […]