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Summer Boredom Buster Idea

We are only a couple of weeks into summer break and if I hear “I am bored!” one more time I am going to go crazy!  I have one child that is the biggest user of the word, but all of my kids have claimed to be bored more than once.  For the sake of my sanity, and my children not being sent away to boarding school I came up with this idea.  I had seen it a few years back via pinterest, but couldn’t find it again to save my life!  Oh well, I just made my own version.

The idea is that the child must have done everything on the list before he/she can claim to be bored.  I made it easy to read and will hang it on my fridge so no one can claim to forget.  This week will be the test to see if it actually helps.  I know that not all of the items on my list are pertinent to everyone, but it is a good starting point to help you brainstorm some ideas of your own.  Good luck!  If you try it, let us know how it works out for your family!

More activities, projects and fun things to do with your kids.

Dirt and Worms ~ Fun summer recipe for kids
 Make your own Crayons ~ Activities to do with kids
Be a Back Yard Detective ~ Activities to do with kids
Wiggle Worm Game ~ Games to do with kids
Make your own Bean Bag Toss ~ Games to do with Kids
Watch a Local Race ~ Frugal Family Activities to do
Corn Starch Gak Science Project to do with kids
Color Collage with ads from the paper
DIY Chime Set ~ Music Fun For Kids
Recipe for Homemade Slime
 Under the Sea Art Project for kids
Balloon Barrettes DIY Kids Fashion
Lady Bugs made out of an egg carton
Exploding Soap ~ Microwave Science For Kids
Horse made out of a pop bottle
Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids ~ Paper Turkeys
Easy Kid Games ~ Turn Easter Eggs Into Reading Games for Kids
 Math Games For Kids
Learn to tell time ~ Time Games for kids
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NEW YEARS EVE ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS~ “GOODY BAGS”
DIY~ MEMORY MAKING CHRISTMAS DECORATION
LEAF BUILDING FORT ~ HOURS OF FUN FOR KIDS!
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FIREWORKS ~ JULY 4TH CRAFTS FOR KIDS, QUICK AND EASY
VALENTINE CRAFT FOR KIDS ~ HIDDEN MESSAGE HEARTS, QUICK AND EASY
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Frozen Snowball Pops  
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 Blue Jello Cake Recipe
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EDIBLE PAINTED BREAD 
Magical Moving Milk Science Experiment 
How to make Flubber
Lava Lamp Bottle
Cloud Clay -2 ingredients to make the softest clay EVER 

Firework Tie Dye shirts for the 4th of July

Summer boredom buster – Kids Drawing Game 

Play Time With Dad ~ Dad Race Car Track

 DON’T EAT STEVE! FREE PRINTABLE MINECRAFT PARTY GAME 
HOW TO MAKE ICE CREAM IN A BAG 
DRAWING ON THE TRAMPOLINE WITH SIDEWALK CHALK
PAINTED FIREWORKS ~ QUICK AND EASY 4TH OF JULY CRAFT IDEAS
DIY Bleach Art Pillowcase
Matchbox Car Water Races
Water Pinaqua ~ Beat the heat water games
BAT CAVE SHIRT ~ PLAY TIME WITH DAD SHIRT #BATMAN 
FROZEN SNOWFLAKE HEADBANDS, QUICK AND EASY DIY CRAFT #FROZEN

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DIY Monster Claws, Quick Costume Idea

You may have read the post on how to make some awesome monster horns.  If not, you can find that here.

As I had mentioned, my son had a music program at school and had to dress up as wild things. We needed a quick costume idea that we could make with things around the house. Here is what we came up with;

You will need

Construction paper

scissors

ribbon

I traced my hand so that it would be larger than my son’s hand and made sure to make the fingers pointed.  I then didn’t do my thumb, just to make them look a little funky.

After I cut the hands, I cut a piece of ribbon and rolled it. I then glued it to the back of the claw.  I left it the size for his hand, so he could just slide his hand in to hold it.

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You may have to use hot glue for this part.  I found it held better that way.

This was so perfect for what we needed!  They didn’t get sweaty and annoying.  He was so happy with them and was showing them off all night.  It just shows that sometimes we don’t have to have everything “pinterest perfect” to make it great!

This could be made as fancy or detailed as you want.  You could cut it out of foam to have it be more durable. You could add finger nails, paint, or whatever!  My son is not a huge fan of people looking at him, so I wanted to keep it as simple as possible!

These would also be great  for a monster themed birthday party.  Have some cut and let the kids decorate them any way they would like.

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You might also like to make horns too…

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DIY Monster Horns- Great For Costumes

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Patriotic Burlap Banner, Perfect for the 4th of July!

Do you decorate for the 4th of July? I don’t do a lot, but a few pieces are nice. This banner is great for the 4th of July, but keep it up all summer and use it again for Memorial day, Veterans day, or anytime really!

What you will need:

Red burlap

white paint

mod podge

sponge brushes

fishing line

blue cardstock

gold, glittery cardstock

Template for your banner pieces

hot glue gun

scissors or rotary cutter for cutting the burlap

I used a sheet of cardstock to make a template for the type of pennant I wanted to put on my banner. Make it a little larger than you would think if you want to let it fray a little.

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Cutting burlap is messy! Make sure you do this where it can be cleaned up. I was able to double up the burlap and cut two pieces at once. Try to keep the lines in your burlap straight for a cleaner look.

Now is the time to fray your edges if you would like them that way.  All you do is grab one of the strands from the end and pull it out.  This will leave the pieces beyond that frayed.

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Want to know a trick to keep burlap from fraying? Mod podge! It is a life saver! Use a sponge brush to apply it to the edges of your burlap after it is cut. That is it!  Use the matte to make sure that it doesn’t show up after you are done. Let it dry before doing anything else.

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Once you have let the mod podge dry, you can start painting on it. I used a one inch circle punch to make a stencil for my polka dot.  It would be cute with a star punch also! To use this punch as a stencil, leave some paper around it, and use a sponge brush to dab the white paint into the hole.

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Once you have painted the polka dots, let it dry. While that is drying you can make paper pinwheels using the same method we showed you here (on a much smaller size) I only did one strip instead of multiple strips as we did on the other tutorial. Use your hot glue gun to glue the ends together. Also cut some stars from gold card stock and hot glue those onto the front of the blue pinwheels.  When your paint has dried, you will glue those onto the front of the pennants.

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All you do now is string it on some fishing line and hang where you would like it!

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Help your child learn the correct foot to put their shoe on with this quick tip, preschool tips #Parenting, #Tips, #Preschool, #ShoesShoe Matching game ~ help your little one with independence

Keep bugs out of your drink at a BBQ or picnic by placing a muffin liner and straw over your cup, QUICK and EASY tip #bbq, #KeepBugsOut, #DrinksDrink cover-up/identifier ~~ keep the bugs out of your outside party

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My kids are counting down the days till July 4th is here and they can go to the parade, enjoy the BBQ and see the fireworks at night.  To add a little sparkle to our house the girls and I made some FireWorks crafts.  This was a low cost craft that was quick and easy as well.

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You can use what ever supplies you have around your house.  We used

  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Red and blue paper
  • 4th of July themed napkins, you could also use scrapbook paper
  •  Pipe cleaners
  • Tape, scissors

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We wrapped the toilet paper rolls in the napkins, and then taped them into place.  Next we took half a sheet of paper and made cuts all the way down the side to create a fringe look.  I layered the red on top the blue  then rolled it up and placed it inside the tube.  This makes it look like the firework is going off.  I then taped that into place on the inside of the tube so it would not fall out.

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Next add the pipe cleaners.  First we put them in straight but they did not look very good, so then we twisted them around our fingers to give them a spiral look.  We hooked some stars on top with glue and then stuck then into the middle of the firework. Just like that you are DONE, my girls had a lot of fun making these.

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Best part is I can toss them after the 4th and not feel bad…. after all we can just make them again next year.

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More activities, projects and fun things to do with your kids this summer.

Dirt and Worms ~ Fun summer recipe for kids

 Make your own Crayons ~ Activities to do with kids

Be a Back Yard Detective ~ Activities to do with kids

Wiggle Worm Game ~ Games to do with kids

Make your own Bean Bag Toss ~ Games to do with Kids

Watch a Local Race ~ Frugal Family Activities to do

Corn Starch Gak Science Project to do with kids

Color Collage with ads from the paper

DIY Chime Set ~ Music Fun For Kids

Recipe for Homemade Slime

 Under the Sea Art Project for kids

Balloon Barrettes DIY Kids Fashion

Lady Bugs made out of an egg carton 

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4th of july snack bundles, quick and easy treat for your red white and blue partyJuly 4th is right around the corner, it happens to be one of my families favorite holidays.  We are all about RED WHITE and BLUE and showing how much we love America.  We normally go to the parade, swim, have a BBQ and end the day by watching the fireworks.  We also have a tradition that we eat Twizzlers, they are easy to pack,  they hold up in the heat, easy to share and we love them.

I was looking on Pinterest and I saw this cute idea to wrap Pixie sticks up for the 4th of July.  Not sure about you but when my kids get Pixie Sticks they act like they are on Sugar Crack… sure go ahead and suck on a tube of sugar and get it everywhere.  Oh and then CRY because you have slobbered all over the end of your paper straw and now you can’t get to your sugar crack…. and you want me to get all sticky and fix it.  Come one, if you are a Mom  you know what I am talking about right :)

So instead I decided to tweak this cute idea to go along with our family tradition…. and that is how the idea of July 4th Snack Bundles came about.  Oh and yes I am sure I am going to get some nasty messages telling me that Twizzlers are going to ruin my children, but I assure you we will be fine… I promise to brush AND floss my kids teeth before they go to bed.    If you do not like the idea of Twizzlers, you are more than welcome to use fresh green beans or sugar snap peas and bundle them up instead.
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All you need is a bag of Twizzlers, some scrapbook paper and tape.  Cut the scrapbook paper into 3 1/2  X 3 1/2 sections and wrap them around 5 Twizzlers.  Use tape to hold the paper in place.  Simple as that you have an adorable, but yummy treat to share with your family and friends on July 4th.

4th of july snack bundles, quick and easy treat for your red white and blue party

 

More 4th of July Recipes and DIY ideas you might want to check out…Tie dye Shirts with sharpie markers, make Fire Work shirts for the 4th of July all you need is a sharpie, and a spraybottle #TieDie, #DIY, #Crafts, #KidsFirework Tie Dye Shirt 

4th of July Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizza, Red White and Blue Dessert for July 4th #Fruit, #Recipe, #July4th

Fresh Berry Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizza

Red, White and Blue Layered Fruit Dessert


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