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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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), […]

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 […]

Recycle Craft: Play Dough Cars

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You know those colorful caps that twist off of apple sauce or baby food pouches?? It seems a certain someone was guilty of holding onto them for a wee bit too long in the hopes that they would one day be used for some recycling crafty goodness. Ahem. Anyhoo, when the kids declared that they […]

Planking in the Park

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Are the kids bored? Are you looking for something fun to do? Need a little excitement?? Try planking! Planking, in case you didn’t already know, is the act of finding a ridiculous place to lay completely flat on your face while someone else takes a photo. It’s totally addicting! We planked on the tennis court. […]

DIY Cardboard Construction Play Set

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Do your kids love to play with large cardboard boxes? Do you wish you had more room to store them? Want to create a play set that allows them to build and rebuild imaginative play structures?? Then this project is for you! To make your own cardboard construction play set, you will need a large […]

Sunday Snapshot: Dollar Store Boredom Buster

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We found the cutest cardboard dollhouses at our local dollar store. I added some paper clips to make stands for the dolls, and the girls loved putting these together to make their own little town! The cardboard itself is not very sturdy (it’s about as thick as cereal box cardboard), but it has managed to […]

Make Your Own Sponge Blocks

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Do you have quiet time at your house? Looking for a little activity to keep the kids entertained, but also quiet?? This little activity for the kids is so simple, but my girls enjoyed playing with these sponge blocks for a good part of the day! Added bonus — very quiet! While we were making […]

How to Make Sponge Bombs

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For a FUN time, here’s how to make sponge bombs!  Begin by cutting up ordinary household sponges into thirds, and wrapping an “ouchless” hair elastic around them…. Tip — Here is a quick video tutorial to demo how QUICK & easy these are to make! Grab a friend and a couple of buckets — each […]