It’s inevitable. Eventually there comes a time when every parent hears the dreaded words, “I’m bored.” When you are facing such a situation and can’t think what to offer by way of distraction, check out the following suggestions and see if something clicks.

Thankfully these entertainment ideas are not necessarily limited to Rainy Days but also if someone(s) is home sick.

If you have an Entertainment Idea that worked for you and your kids and would like to share it, please drop me a line with your idea.

These boxy ideas are used with permission from www.savvymom.ca

I won’t take the TV, but can I buy the box that it comes in? My kids will have more fun with that.

In a world where plastic toys are not so cool (and recycling is), parents are finally getting back to the basics and creating their own toys which encourage deep play and help foster a child’s imagination.

Imagination Blocks: Just think about the number of boxes that come in and out of your house weekly. We know that all of those tissue and pasta boxes can be recycled into crafty building blocks because we’ve seen what our friend Katie (aged 5) has done with her basement. She has literally filled it with a collection of boxes that she uses for building and imaginative play, and we noticed that when kids come over to play—of any age—they have no interest in the other toys. They just want to play with the boxes. Katie’s mom collects the boxes as they come in (shoe boxes and tissue boxes are the most popular). With a big roll of recycled craft paper from Ikea on hand, she wraps the boxes and leaves them for Katie to decorate with stickers or crayons/coloured pencils, etc. Wrapping the boxes with plain paper gives them uniformity (makes them all the same but different) and provides a clean slate for young artists to work on. There were literally hundreds of box-blocks in the playroom we saw – enough to build a decent sized fort. But remember that you don’t need that many to keep your kids entertained, start with just a few and the interest will evolve as the number of boxes do.

Big and Fast: For the big boxes, cardboard cars are a favourite for the toddler set. Sit the box down, cut out the top and bottom so that all you have is the four sides. Punch holes on either side of the front and rear and attach some thick string front to back. This will form your shoulder straps. You will need to adjust the straps depending on the height of your child.

Next, pull out some paper plates which are the perfect shape and size and attach them to the sides as wheels and one more for the steering wheel. Now let the kids get to work decorating it with racing stripes, wipers and horns. See what you can find around the house to accessorize with.

Walking Tall: We remember making these coffee can stilts as kids and we loved them then as much as our kids do now.

Using 2 empty coffee cans, some smooth rope and lots of duct tape and craft decorating tools, you can put some coffee can stilts together in a flash.

  1. First, empty the coffee cans and punch two holes in the opposite sides of each (approx 1/4 inch from the bottom). Be sure to punch holes inward to keep sharp edges from sticking outward.
  2. Measure the length of rope—it should equal the length from above the child’s knee to the floor. Then double that length allowing enough extra for a knot.
  3. Before adding the rope, allow each child to decorate the cans to their liking. Try different coloured duct tape and markers so each child can make their own mark.
  4. Thread the rope through holes and tie securely so that the knot is inside the coffee can leaving a large loop for the child to hold.
  5. Glue the plastic plastic lid back onto coffee cans with white glue (don’t try the glue gun on the plastic lid).
  6. Invert, grab hold of the rope and see what your child looks like two inches taller.

If the kids are old enough to sew, give them some old fabric and either with the assistance of an adult or precut large circles, give them the Button Box (every home should have a Button Box) and let them sew on the buttons as a face or other design to suit their fancy. It never hurts anyone to learn how to sew on a button!

As another idea on the sewing theme, cut coloured straws into about one inch lengths and have the children thread them together on a piece of yarn to make fun and easy necklaces. Plastic needles are available in most craft stores.

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