Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Pack It All In

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This week is the "Mom, I'm Bored" edition of Works For Me Wednesday wherein we give our best tips for keeping our kids from getting bored while school is out.

Generally, if one of my children tells me he or she is bored, I find a closet that needs cleaning out or a toilet that needs scrubbing, so I seldom hear that complaint.

I will often recognize times, though, when an organized activity can prevent whining or bickering when the kidlets aren't finding anything constructive to do on their own.

Here is one activity everyone loves, including Mom. I write a list of items for the kids to pack into a scene and they spend half an hour busily packing it all in. The kids can then take turns making the list for the others to draw.

Here are a few we have done before.

Africa Pack-It-All-In:
2 lions, 1 zebra, 2 antelope, 2 baboons, 2 trees, 1 warthog, 1 warthog den, 4 meerkats, 1 cheetah, 1 giraffe, 1 river, 3 hippos, 3 termite mounds, 2 hyenas, 1 ostrich.

Neighborhood Pack-It-All-In:

1 house, 1 sidewalk, 4 trees, 12 birds, 1 cat, 3 kids, 8 flowers, 5 clouds, 2 dogs, 1hill, 1 car, 1 bike.

Farm Pack-It-All-In:

1 barn, 1 cat, 1 dog, 1 big pond, 3 pigs, 2 cows, 3 horses, 5 kids, 5 ducks, 1 mommy, 1 daddy, 1 sky, 8 flowers, 1 apple tree, 1 garden, 1 hoe, 1 rake.

That's what Works For Me when the kids are bored.

Go here to see my Works For Me post that got 41 of the most passionate comments I've ever had! Then, head over to Rocks In My Dryer for more great summertime activities.


Amy said...
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Amy said...

What a fun idea! I think this actually might work for both my kids (ages 3 and 9).


Soakin' said...

Love the idea. I am going to try that with my boys

Mom, I'm Bored! said...

This is so much better than just saying, "Why fon't you draw a picture?" Great tip!

Nikki said...

My kids will really enjoy this! Thanks for sharing. :)

sunnymum said...

Great idea to help give kids a direction to work in without being controlling. Thanks!

Charley and Jessica said...

That's a great idea! How neat :) And thanks for the comment at my blog! Stalk away! haha

love jess

Anonymous said...

What a good idea! Thanks

Kara said...

Neat idea, I'll be using that!

Happy To Be At Home said...

I just love this idea and will definitely be doing it with my children this summer. Thanks so much for sharing.

Leah said...

Great idea, Connie!
Thanks for sharing it.

~Leah in Alaska~

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