Boredom Busters

Outdoor Art: The Best Foot Paint Ever

My favorite projects in the whole world are those that send kids outdoors, armed with color and imagination and energy. There is no better place to make art!  Outside is a mess-forgiving place that absorbs the drips and spills of budding Van Goghs of all ages and allows their imaginations full rein. The Best Foot […]

60 Second Science: Bending Water with Static Electricity

No such thing as no time for science!  This fast and fun project is a visual wonder. What you will need: inflated balloon wool sock Wipe the balloon briskly with the wool sock (or on your clean hair) for a few moments. Turn on the tap at the sink to a small but steady flow. […]

10 Things to Do with Kids on Rainy Days

by Paula Anderson 1. Have an indoor picnic or camping adventure 2. Visit a local nursery and plant a new house plant or make a fairy garden 3. Make instruments or binoculars out of toilet paper tubes 4. Buy a roll of shelf paper. Trace your child’s body and draw in your hands, feet, face […]

Back to Basics: 10 Timeless Tools for Outdoor Fun

Some things never change, including the way kids love to play, generation after generation.  Open ended activities with no rules, the time to do them in, and a few basic tools or ingredients can change a cranky kid into a bright-eyed, breathless child.  This summer  go outside, where there are few NO’s, no physical movement […]

“Can I Play at the Dirt Pile House?”

  My friend Kate gazed out at the homes in her new neighborhood as her husband drove. Each yard was neat and perfectly landscaped, complete with swept walkways and expensive playground equipment, a kid’s heaven, she mused. Clean cars were parked in the driveways. Behind those big front doors Kate imagined tidy rooms and families […]

Wiggly Jiggly Jello Eggs

“What are those?!” My son asked when he beheld the emerald green eggs we had made. These are beautiful, bright as a rainbow, and fun to eat. What you will need: 1 small package of fruit flavored gelatin 2 packets unflavored gelatin 1 and 1/2 cups water 6 blown out egg shells (carefully tap a […]

Sand Castle Clay

Bring home some sand next visit to the beach, or buy some at the hardware store and make sand sculptures tides and time won’t touch! Make a small sand castle using tiny cups and boxes as forms, or triple the recipe for a king size castle. What you will need: 2 cups sand 1/3 cup […]

Shake It Up with a Beachside Shelter Hot Dog Roast

Roast hot dogs on an open fire when cabin fever has set in. State Parks all over the Northwest have fireplaces in shelters where you can pack up the supplies (don’t forget the s’mores), and spend the afternoon in your warm rain gear to roast the dogs and walk the beach afterwards. The key is […]

Gliders, Gravity, and Wings to Fly

“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.” ― Kurt Vonnegut It was the third day of apocalyptic rain and everyone’s mood matched the low gray skies. I struggled through an endless list of things to do and found myself looking out the window sighing, wishing everything […]

Silly Slime

I haven’t had much time to be a creative, fun mama this week and decided we needed to start the weekend with a bang. Silly slime (commercially called Gak) is one of those projects with huge bang for the time buck. It’s gooey, runny, solid, scary, fun, slimy and incredibly addictive to play with whether […]

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