Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Bottling Up Summer Fun: "I'm Bored" Jar

This was supposed to be a craft for our MOPS group this year, but it didn't happen.

So I just threw one together for my own family. And you can too.

It's too simple to even be classified as a craft. It's basically a 10 minute project.

First, grab a jar. I'm using one of my favorite chalkboard jars, but any old jar'll do ya.

Label the jar with the words "I'm bored."

Next cut up a bunch of little strips of paper. On the strips, write down activities that are doable for your family on any given day. Have a good mix of chores and fun things... you don't want to encourage the kids to constantly say "I'm Bored."

Some of my strips say:
  • go get frozen yogurt
  • paint a picture
  • roast marshmallows
  • clean 2 windows :0) (mwah ha ha!)
  • dust
  • sidewalk chalk
  • make play dough
  • make cookies with Mama
  • get in swimsuits and play in the hose
  • go on a walk
  • play a game of crazy eights
  • make popsicles

Basically, anything that will break the daily routine, jot it on a slip o' paper and fill that-there jar up.

Then the next time your kids say those infamous words: "I'm Bored!"

Yep, you guessed it... they grab one strip of paper from the jar and the bored child (or the whole family) does whatever is on the strip.

Try it out! At the very least, you will have very clean windows before the summer is over.

1 comment:

  1. hi casey! i just got similar jars at cost plus. loving them. they're to store nickels...i pay the kids a nickel a page for doing workbooks over summer and that becomes a great savings for them for the summer months, and for buying things on any trips we take. :) so that beach is below the montage resort. you park in the little underground lot (left on Wesley St. if you're going north on PCH) just before you get to the hotel entrance. love it so much. but the surf is way crazy at high tide. thanks for saying hi!!