Boredom busting tips for kids
As a mother of four, there’s never a dull moment for celebrity mom Tori Spelling. But even as a mom on the go, Spelling still hears those dreaded words – “Mom! I’m bored!” – from her kids. So, to beat the boredom blues, she has developed a few tips and activities to keep kids entertained all year long:
- Monogram Art- Kids love things that are personalized, so why not make a crafty monogram? Help your children trace their first initial in block letters on a piece of poster board. Then, use glue to fill in the letter with colorful buttons, crayons or even shells.
- Create a Time Capsule- Preserve some of your favorite family memories with a time capsule. Start with a sealable plastic box and have each child contribute a few items with a note about why those items are special to them. Don’t forget to include several family photos. Bury the capsule in the backyard (or a far corner of the basement) and set a date to “uncover” the capsule.
- Painted Glass Holder-Clean and dry an old glass jar. Add white glue to acrylic or liquid tempera paints so the color sticks to the glass. Help kids paint a design on the jar using brushes or cotton swabs. To erase a mistake, just use a paper towel to wipe off the paint before it hardens. After the paint dries, seal the masterpiece with a coat of clear glaze.
- Cardboard Cuckoo Clock- Encourage kids to draw a house on a piece of paper and color it in with markers. Next, glue the paper house on a piece of cardboard and cut it to fit the shape. Using a clock kit (available at many local craft stores), cut a hole in the middle of the house and fit the clock-face according to its instructions. Before you know it, you’ll have a working clock that kids created.
- Recycled Sprinkler- Start with an empty, clean 2-liter soda bottle and use scissors (or a drill if you have one) to poke small holes in the bottoms and sides of the bottle. Next, connect a hose to the bottle using duct tape or pick up a converter at your local hardware store. Turn on the hose and have fun in the yard.
- Scenic Snow Globes-Start with a small, empty jar; such as a clean baby food jar. Remove the lid and glue a small figurine to the underside of lid and allow to dry. Fill the jar with water and add some glitter and a little glycerin. Add a drop of food coloring to the water for a more unique globe. Encourage kids to think of fun themes, like under the sea. Screw on the jar lid tightly and turn over the jar to complete the snow globe.
When crafting with children, take care to supervise them with sharp objects, and use non-toxic ingredients.