“Mom, I’m bored!” “Mom, the Wi-Fi isn’t working!!” (This legit just happened to us the other day, modem and router died at the same time and it was practically the end of the world as we knew it, lol!) “Mom is it cool if we surf down the stair on sleeping bags?” For those moments during Summer Break when you need to bust their boredom, when the Wi-Fi goes out, or when their imaginations highjack all common sense, busy bags to the rescue! So, what exactly are Busy Bags? Busy Bags are bags filled with age appropriate activities, arts, crafts, games, etc. to occupy your kiddos. If the thought of having to research various activities and purchase all those supplies to place in your kiddo’s busy bag sounds overwhelming and totally something you don’t want to be doing I am right there with ya!! Which is why I invited other mommas to participate in a Summer Busy Bag Swap, after all, many hands make for light work! A couple years ago was our first Busy Bag Swap and it turned out so successful that we did it again and again…and with so many families opting to Staycation for Summer Break this year I’m looking to do this again! Who’s interested?
Summer break means road trips, long days outdoors, swimming, family vacation, running through the sprinkler, grilling, flip flops, Slip N Slide, popsicles, sidewalk chalk, chasing fireflies, s’mores, etc. And let’s be honest, it wouldn’t be summer break without the occasional vocal complaint, “I’m bored”. So I am on the hunt for fun toys, trinkets, educational items, etc. to help them combat their boredom (more info coming soon…two words, Busy Bags!) and I came across LEGO Stationary!
Santoki, LLC introduced LEGO Stationery! #LEGOStationery
This one-of-a-kind product consists of an assortment of buildable school supplies that use LEGO elements and all work together as a system.
The collection includes a colorful assortment of pencils, erasers, pens, markers, journals, organizers and buildable rulers. What’s so cool about the product is that kiddos can build on the products and create something while learning!
These look so cool, I can’t reisist, and I think my kiddos will totally have their boredom busted by this! I will keep y’all posted and share my thoughts once it arrives.
FYI- If anyone happens to be attending LEGO KidsFest in Louisville, you’ll also be able to try them out at the show: Santoki has an activity area devoted to playing and coloring with the product line.
LEGO Stationery is available at Barnes & Noble, LEGOLAND California Resort, Legoland Florida Resort, all LEGO Discovery Centers, Amazon, and Boxed Lunch!
Get more details here http://www.santoki.com/products/stationery/writing
“I’m bored!” Said no mom, ever! Lol! 😂Meanwhile the kiddos have already blown through their Summer Busy Bag & are dropping the “b” word like it’s hot! Here’s 101 kid approved ideas to help bust their boredom. (Pics have links too, simply click on them)
1. Build a fort
2. Have a Rainbow Loom Marathon
3. Build a Lego world!
4. Get out the Slip N Slide
6. Have a puppet show with homemade sock puppets
9. Sign up and participate in the Summer Reading program at your local library
10. Make your own art
11. Host an Art Show displaying said art
12. Have a lemonade stand
13. Make bathtub paint
14. Tactile tubs
15. Go on a Scavenger Hunt
16. Have fun with Science Experiments
17. Have a spa day
18. Have a Super Hero Day
19. Host a Movie Night…Make a treat wagon! Make cool tickets to pass out to friends
20. Declare it a Minecraft Day
21. Host your own Cupcake Wars with play dough or real cupcakes!
23. Host a fashion show
24. Invade the recycling bin and create sweet sculptures!
25. Make some yummy summer treats
26. Write and illustrate a book
27. Host a dance party
28. Have a game day!
29. Make a card for a neighbor to brighten their day.
30. Learn about the solar system….
31. Make your own matching/memory game
33. Put on a play
34. Record your own movie
35. Decorate bikes and wagons and have a parade!
37. Go through pictures & souvenirs and make a scrapbook
38. Host a neighborhood bake sale
39. Make super hero capes and face masks!
40. Have a day at the beach inside! Build a sand castle inside with this Watermelon Moon Sand!
41. Make instruments & have a performance on the lawn
42. Have a ball! Get a bunch of beach balls and have a blast….have kiddos each decorate their own balls with faces, etc.
43. Bubbles! Get the bubbles out and have a blast!
44. Run through the sprinkler
45. Have a water balloon fight!
46. Paint with food!
47. Empty out your piggy bank and hit up the local candy store…Boyd’s!
48. Paint Rocks
49. Make Rainbow bubble Snacks
50. Play Hot/cold- hide an object then other need to find it, person who hide says cold as they move away from the object and warm/hot the closer they get to the object
51. Host a Chess tournament.
52. Host a book club…have kiddos read book or have parents read to them then discuss the book. Imagine you were the characters in the book, what would you do? How would you feel? Have each child come up with a different question.
53. Play charades!
54. Make pet treats and visit a local animal shelter to drop them off (call first to make certain they will accept them…if not, simply drop off donations, i.e. newspaper, paper towels, etc.)
55. Make Washi Tape bracelets
56. Get your hands on some cardboard boxes…don’t have any? Call local appliance store, big box store, etc. – here are 31 wild ideas!!
57. Make silly putty
58. Make slime
59. Make a Volcano!!
60. Freeze things in ice…always fun!
61. Make snow, even in the middle of summer!
62.Invite friends over for a special treat, a Banana Bar!
63. Make a masterpiece out of items found in nature…sticks, twigs, grass, weeds, flowers, etc.
64. Visit local FREE establishments like Museums/Library
65. Have kiddos play archeologist…have parent burry objects in a sandbox, backyard, etc. Help kiddos set up an archeological dig.
66. Make a Mason Jar aquarium….plus 15 additional fun things to do with a Mason Jar
67. Make your own soap! – Soap cupcakes with whipped frosting
69. Go on Safari….place stuffed animals around the house & make this sweet Safari Vest!
71. Host a carnival in your backyard!
72. Have fun with crossword puzzles, brain teasers, word search, etc.
73. Make scented play dough! WHAT!? –
74. Let’s Talk Food! Have kiddos grab old magazines and make a poster board with all the food groups.
75. Grab your crayons and get coloring!! –
76. Make Map Magnets, learn about geography-
77. Folding Fun- Make sweet Origami figures
78. Make your own stamps & Stamp pads!
79. Make a self-portrait with magazine cutouts
81. Play a game of good old fashioned Win, Lose, or Draw!
82. Make Salt Dough– imprint cool objects, your feet, hands, etc.
85. Make a floor plan of your bedroom….make a couple more with different furniture layouts, find one you like and rearrange your room (with help from an adult)
86. Organize your books- non-fiction, fiction, etc.
87. Engineering & Architecture fun! Make a geodesic dome, bridge, and other fun structures with gumdrops and tooth picks!!
89. I Spy
90. 20 Questions
91. Brain Quest!
92. Learn all about Teeth! Make some cool molars!!
93. Race remote controlled cars/helicopters.
94. Pool noodle games & crafts (pool not required)
95. Make homemade beads
97. Make Pom Pom Bunnies!! (My daughters loved this one!)
98. Crafts & Activities with Popsicle Sticks
99. Make Catapults
100. Make Star Wars Toilet Roll Characters
101. Make a Bow & Arrows
Please add to the list….what are some of your kiddos favorite boredom busters?