Boredom Busters

Treasure Rocks

1 cup used coffee grounds  
1/4 cup sand, 1/2 cup salt
1 cup flour
1 cup water.

Stir till doughy, add more flour if necessary to make a stiff dough.
Shape in balls. Make a hole in the ball and put a “treasure” in the hole
then fill the hole. Air dry 2 days or 20 minutes in oven at 150F. Break
open the rocks to find treasure.

Make Safe Watercolors

3 tablespoons white vinegar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon lite corn syrup
Various colors of food coloring

Mix first 4 ingredients together in small bowl. Divide the mixture into several small cups. Add 6 drops of food coloring to each cup and mix. Use as they are or allow to dry into hard cakes of paint. To use while dry, wet the paint brush before applying to the dry cake of paint, then paint on your paper.

Keeping Kids Busy With a Writing Box

Create a special writing box to amuse your child in a
restaurant, doctor’s office or on a rainy day. Fill a writing
box with items like these:

— Crayons, markers and colored pencils
— Plain and colored paper stapled together in the form of a book
— Coloring books
— Stickers
— Stencils the child can use as outlines

Personalize the box for your child. Make the box something
special, by having your child decorate it.


Phone Time Box

Create a special box of toys, crayons, and stickers.
Take this box out of hiding only when you need time
for phone calls or adult conversations that require no
interruption. Stress the importance of this fun filled
box and tell the kids that it’s only for special moments.

Writing Songs

Rewrite the words to a familiar song! For example, take Jingle
Bells and turn it into a song about your family: “The John-son’s;
the John-son’s; They live in the country…” You can get really
goofy!

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