Friday, July 4, 2008

Another way to entertain the kids...

I think sometimes we've used up all the good ideas I can come up with - and then out of the blue I run across something new (and cheap).  I was beside myself Monday night because the kids were bored and just wanted something a little more interesting to do than read and play board games during the hottest part of the day.  Luckily I ran across some fun things online... the first at paperboxworld.com... I think


All it takes is a pair of scissors and some glue, and M had her very own kitty which entertained her for hours - and which doesn't shed, leave unwelcome surprises, or make me sneeze... and which can be replaced quickly if someone accidentally runs over it with a car!

The older kids needed more challenge - so we ended up at another site (cubeecraft.com?) where we found printables for Indiana Jones and other exciting figures...  

So now our entertainment center is crawling with Indy, the Marshmallow Man, Kirby, a lizard and a cat...  and the floor is littered with little scraps of paper (okay, they've actually been vacuumed by now).

So now it's sharing time - has anyone found anything recently that is good healthy indoor fun for children?  We're getting a little tired of baking day and game day (and I really need M to not become attached to a computer screen!)

4 comments:

Megz said...

Those look fun. Did anybody get too frustrated folding and cutting and the final image not being perfect? I've noticed that our patience level is at an all time low at our house so if something doesn't work right the first time then it's over.
I was online at sugardoodle.net and saw that lots of good mormon mamas had submitted activities that looked interesting. I haven't tried any yet since I am too lazy, but since you're game take a look and tell me if any are good!

cold cocoa said...

We're always up for a craft! You have to love the internet. So many great ideas for free! I have craft books with the marked pages but I just don't get to them! I do go on familyfun.com a lot, but I also get their magazine and they have crafts every month.

T said...

I have to admit that there was a fair amount of cutting help for the 6 and under set - the oldest two were pretty independent, and although the end result wasn't PERFECT, they didn't mind too much. The 8 year old, well, he's far too opinionated for his own good so when he said that didn't look like fun, I didn't push it - I got to put together the little cow (complete with udders) all myself!
Sugardoodle... I'll have to check that one out!

Sher said...

I should do something like that so Jake can practice using scissors before he gets to first grade. In school he always said the art projects "took forever".