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As summer really settles in, things start to get real. The excitement of summer fades just a bit and boredom sets in. Although W doesn’t quite know how to tell me he’s bored yet, I know what’s happening. The things that easily kept him busy and entertained just a week or two ago aren’t cutting it anymore. But I realized that I can beat summer boredom by stocking up on a some craft basics!
W is a huge fan of arts and crafts these days. So by buying some new supplies and restocking our craft cabinet, we can say goodbye to summer boredom and hello creative fun!
Beat Summer Boredom with Simple Crafts
Pulling out a bunch of craft supplies is an easy way to beat summer boredom with kids of any age. You can plan projects or just pull out the supplies and let them be inspired. I had a few craft ideas in mind when I dropped into Dollar General to take advantage of their summer savings and stock up on supplies.
W loves to glue these days so I knew I wanted to find something he could do with glue. I also wanted to get some new markers for him to use under close supervision. And crayons. We never have enough crayons. With a pack of construction paper and crayons, W can do everything from make maps to write lists. His mind just goes and goes.
With the supplies I picked up, I had three projects in mind. I thought he would like to decorate a box to keep his cars in, a folder to keep his artwork (or maps and lists) in, and a homemade card game. With school supplies showing up on shelves already, I was able to stock up on everything we needed!
What you need:
- Glitter Glue
- Plain school supply box (no designs, just solid colored)
- Plain folder (no designs, just solid colored)
- Index cards
- Stickers or other embellishments as desired
With these simple craft supplies we were able to make some fun projects! Check out what we spent an afternoon putting together!
Homemade Card Matching Game
W is a huge fan of memory games these days. I made him a matching card game using some of our vacation photos so he could remember the fun we had. So I figured making our own card game together would be fun too!
What you do:
- Draw pictures on unlined index cards. We colored about 8 cards so we would have 16 cards total in our game.
- Cut each card in half.
- Shuffle the cards and lay face down.
- Take turns trying to find matches!
Homemade Treasure Maps
These days W is also a huge fan of pirates and finding hidden treasure. He loves to assign us each a role and then we go on adventures. We often have to go through forests and swim through lagoons. I love watching his imagination run wild. He has one pirate treasure map he got with a toy set so I thought it would be fun to map a few more maps together.
Now we can go on a lot more adventures together! Oh, and playing pirates is definitely another very affordable way to beat summer boredom!
DIY Treasure Box
Our final project of the day was a treasure box! I bought a plastic school supply box with the idea that W could use it to keep some of his favorite toy cars. But after we made maps W informed me that it wasn’t a box for cars. It was a treasure box! (Although I’ve seen a few cars in there as the treasure.)
It was fun to let his imagination just run free and see how he wanted to decorate his box. Convincing him to let the glue dry before he played with it was a bit challenging but I managed to distract him!
We still have one more project to make but I’m saving the folder for another day. I think it will be fun to make some new art pieces using our construction paper and then decorate the folder to save them all in!
I’m pretty sure that we have boredom beat! Thanks to Dollar General we’re celebrating National Boredom Month by beating summer boredom! You can like Dollar General on Facebook or follow on Twitter @DollarGeneral to share how you’re battling boredom this month!