Seems like a strange name for a craft blog, right? Well, I have always felt a little bit shy, or afraid to share my creativenss. When making something fabulous and someone compliments me, I usually play it off like it is no big deal. I have been a 'closet crafter' for too long! No more apologies! No more excuses! I love to craft and I am not ashamed!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Boredom Buster!

UPDATE/MORE IDEAS!
While doing my blog surfing I came across Skip To My Lou with a similar idea to my Boredom Buster!  Some of you have asked for the items I put in my canister, I didn't have a list to share (I totally winged it!) but there is a list here!  Go check it out!

"Mom, I'm bored."
Sound familiar?
Way too much 'boredom' going on around here!  And with summer here (we still have a month of school left because we are year round ) I knew I needed a solution to beat the boredom.

A couple of weeks ago I made no bake cookies (yum!) and used up the last of a canister of oatmeal.  Now, being the person I am, I couldn't throw it away!  My hubby looked at me like I was a nut-so, but what's new? :)
Then came my idea!
I covered my oatmeal canister with fun paper, typed up a label, and girlied it up with a flower and ribbon.
 
What will it hold? 
I have a whole stash of tags from scrapbooking; I wrote ideas of things to do on them.  Some are fun ex. 15 min. of Computer time, Paint a picture.  Some are not as much 'fun' ex. Read a Book, Write a letter to send to someone.  Some are Chores ex. Empty the Dishwasher, Fold Laundry.
The tags go into the canister and the girls are allowed to draw an idea out whenever they are 'bored'.  One more thing - if they draw it out, they HAVE to do it!  It makes it more interesting! :)

So that they can't cheat and see what they will pull out I made a lid with foam.
I took my exacto knife and cut right around the plastic seal of the lid (bye bye Mr Quaker Oats!)  I traced the lid on some fun foam I had.  Then I made a whole in the center and cut a slit 'star'.  Then I hot glued the foam into the plastic lid ring.
Do you get it?  My girls can put their hand in and pull out a tag and not see what they are getting!  It actually works fabulous!!!!  (Gotta love it when it works as well as you hoped it would!)
I did hot glue the lid on, but it isn't a completely tight seal.  If I need it to come off it will easily peal off.
It has worked out great so far!  The girls don't want to complain about being bored as much!  And when they have been bugging me about it, I have gotten dishes cleaned and laundry done!  It's a win win situation! :)
What have you tried to keep kids from being 'bored'?  I would love some more ideas!  The novelty of this will wear off soon, I am sure!


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6 comments:

  1. Boy, do I need one of these. It's so cute I now it'll be fun to make. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday!

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  2. Oh yes, that would be great for the summer time. and we just happen to have an empty oatmeal container just for the perfect craft project!

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  3. ooh! I'd love your list of boredom busters!

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  4. @ Bethany - Honestly, I don't even have a list written down! I just wrote down whatever came to my mind as I was writing them up. I probably have about 30-40 tags in there with ideas on them. Some things my girls like to do and are always bugging me to do: Play Doh, Painting, Mom or Dad to read them a book, Playing with their barbies in the bathroom sink (Does anyone else's girls like to pretend the bathroom sink is a pool? Just wondering!) I also did things that I am always asking them to do: Write a letter to send to Grandma, play a board game with your sister, read a book. (Things that are still somewhat fun!) Then I added in chores!
    I think it is all about the age of the kids, and what they love (or hate) to do! All of my ideas are things that they can do by themselves with minimal effort on my part (I am lazy sometimes!)
    Hope that helps!

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  5. What a great idea! Dont have kids myself, but this would be great even for couples who cant decide how to spend their evening as watching tv isnt everything either... LOL
    Found you via today's creative blog and am now a follower :)
    Regards from London! MJ

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  6. What a fantastic idea! And it's so cute! Very clever!

    www.makingmemorieswithyourkids.blogspot.com

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