postheadericon Bored – B – Be Creative

Deal with your kids boredom blues by insisting they be creative for an hour. They can do one thing for the whole hour or multiple things.


Some ideas to get them started:

  • Playdough/modeling clay – make something, anything…animals, robots, food, flowers, vehicles
  • Draw – there are many good books on how to draw their favorite characters. Invest in them and keep them practicing until they can do it. Most people can’t draw because they never learned how and didn’t practice.
  • Painting – finger paints, paint by numbers, water colors. Save the packing paper from shipping boxes or go to the dollar store for paper. Plastic table cloths protect the table or floor or do it outside.
  • Tell a story – write, video tape, use stuffed animals, or put on a play. Grab a selection of children’s book cover images from Amazon to get them started and let them come up with their own story for that cover.
  • Do puzzles – jigsaw puzzles help kids learn how color and shapes work together. Add word finds, crossword puzzles, mad libs, whatever is age appropriate that gets them thinking.

More ideas on my Be Creative Pinterest Board

postheadericon How To Respond When Kids Say “I’m Bored”

Be Creative, Outdoor Play, Read, Exercise, Do Something Helpful

Be Creative, Outdoor Play, Read, Exercise, Do Something Helpful

Summer is closer than it seems and soon will start the endless complaints of “I’m Bored!” once the lure of video games has worn off.


I saw this Bored Board on Pinterest and it immediately spoke to me about a way to organize and direct my children to discover the value of downtime. I figure if they do each item for about an hour a day, add in their video games, eating, chores, etc. they will have had a variety of experiences throughout the day.


I am going to do a series of posts on each one with ideas and links to things for each category because I know they will not be able to think of specific things for each item until they are much more practiced.




postheadericon Merry Christmas 2013

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No Christmas Letter this year. With Pat working days and having a big project, he didn’t have time.

postheadericon 2013 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Bingo Cards

thumb_2013_bingoAs a child, my sister and I would watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade while my father slept in and my mother prepared the Thanksgiving feast. When I became a mother, I found it difficult to engage my children in the tradition as today’s kids have so many more options. Then I stumbled upon some Bingo cards for the parade. I printed them out but because didn’t read, it was hard for them. Plus some of the items on the card were dated and we never saw on the parade telecast. So I started making my own with photos based on that year’s lineups.

Click here for my version of 2013 Macy’s Thankgiving Day Parade Bingo Cards.

There are three different cards.