I'm in need of some easy summertime crafts to keep the kids occupied for the last part of the summer. I have two boys (8 and 11) that are always "bored" unless they are playing video games or watching TV. As we limit the television time, I hear about the boredom often. I would like to have some easy projects for them to work on when they don't know what else to do. In the past, the projects I have tried have been too messy, too complicated, or too dangerous for the boys to work on without constant supervision. As I work from home, there are times that just isn't possible.
Thanks for any ideas!
By Jessica from Hillsboro, OR
Give them a challenge. Can they build a bridge from popsicle sticks (or toothpicks), Elmers glue, and duct tape, that will hold whatever weight? Easier to do with the popsicle sticks and tape, just because they are bigger. If you tell them that the bridge has to rise at least (pick a number of inches) and span (pick another number), they can go to town on it. If you put down cardboard on the floor or table that will protect the surface from any spills, drops, etc.
Alternate fun thing, pretzel sticks and mini marshmallows. Fun sculptures, low cost, edible, and fun.
Your boys are at the right age to introduce them to paracord and what they can do with it. Since you're posting online, help them if they need it, to do a search of paracord and what it's used for, what it is, and what they can make from it. Here's a pdf link for making paracord bracelets, if they like doing those, then they can make some keyring fobs, bracelets, pet collars etc. for gifts. These can even be 'take alongs' which they can take with them when they have to wait in the car for someone (after cutting the cord, so no scissors in the car). This can become a learning tool even while they are having fun and what an accomplishment when done. O btw, to get the materials, go to your local outdoors store or buy online, either way take the boys and let them choose the colors. Happy knot tying!
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