Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Summer “I’m Bored” Jar



See this little jar?? Did you know it’s magic? Let me tell you why. Take a few minutes, print out this post, then cut up each activity individually, and stuff it in the jar. Maybe, you can decorate the jar or can or whatever, you find, and suddenly….. It’s the “I’m Bored” jar.

When your kids whine at you…. “MOMMY I’M BORED” tell them to go grab a paper from the jar. Magic. Your welcome .

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How amazing is this???!!!!! It is sooo perfect! This blog is darn adorable to begin with, but let me tell you what, this is exactly what I had in mind when I was thinking of making a cute jar… It’s perfect! Plus there is extra ideas! So now, you have all kinds of ideas to put in the jar!

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Write a story book. Draw pics to illustrate. Don’t forget to staple it together.

Make a carpet drawing, use string or yarn to “draw” pictures on the carpet

Use a black crayon and scribble on a blank piece of paper, make lots of loops and scribbles, then color in the spaces with brightly colored markers or crayons, it looks like stained glass.

Discovery a new country. Select a spot on the globe or map where there is no land, draw a small “country” on a piece of paper, cut it out and tape it to the map. Now name the country, describe the weather, the people, the customs, plan a pretend vacation to it!

Draw a picture with your toes

Play simon says

Finger paint with shaving cream in the bathtub

Go bird watching. count how many birds you see and what kinds and what colors

Color a picture

Do a puzzle

Play a board game

Learn the alphabet in sign language

Play balloon volleyball

Trace your body in sidewalk chalk…. just go play with sidewalk chalk!

Make a lemonade stand

Play with bubbles

Make up a secret code

Go cloud watching and find shapes in the clouds

Start a coin collection

Make cards and scrapbook etc with paper and stickers

Bake cookies

Write a story on a day in the life of…. an elephant, or a doctor, or anything you want

Go hunt for dinosaur bones

Make a bird feeder

Start a newspaper of the neighborhood

Make a family coat of arms or family flag

Do Hand shadows on the wall with a flashlight

Pretend to go camping

Learn some new magic tricks

Learn to say ‘hello’ in as many languages as you can

Build a house of cards

Make homemade popsicles out of juice

Put a blanket over the table and make a fort

Write a letter to a friend or relative who lives far away

Learn morse code

Go on a scavenger hunt

Play hopscotch

Make a paper chain

Take the camera and go take pictures of fun summer things or friends

Make a mobile

Make homemade play-doh

Make up a secret handshake

Draw a self-portrait

Play the silent game

Make sock puppets and put on a play


note to the momma’s – I think it’s also perfectly acceptable to slip in some papers like “ clean your room” or “ match all the socks” hehehehe !!!!!!!!!

With this list and the list from skip to my lou, and also good ole google… you are on your way!



Miranda said...

I love Skip to My Lou! She has so many great ideas there. Thanks for sharing this one. I've been meaning to make one of these for my kids. :)

Anonymous said...

This is an awesome idea!!! With three kids at home on a limited budget - this is something I've heard lots during these holidays. I will defineately be putting this into practice!!