Have you gotten over the excitement of summer yet? Sunshine, pool parties, beach trips, family reunions… and bored kids. My kiddos aren’t in school yet (Kindergarten starts next month! Whaaaaaat?!), but my boys are driving me crazy with their antics. A big part of the problem is that they are bored. Now, I am all for letting kids figure out how to entertain themselves, but when they keep falling back on the pastime of fighting and bickering it’s time for a little intervention! For the sake of my sanity, if nothing else. And I don’t want to be the mom that yells all the time…
So, I created our Boredom Buster Jars. If you were around last week, you saw that I actually made ours from craft sticks… because I have high hopes they will last longer that way and I can add to them as I need to. But, I also made a printable version. Because, let’s face it, it took me FOREVER to write out all those darn sticks. Seriously, probably about four hours. No lie. So, if you have better things to do with those four hours of your life, maybe a printable version is the way to go, eh? You’ve got a paper cutter and a DVR’d show to keep you company and speed the process along, right? Not necessary, but it may help.
The Sneak Peek version (this freebie I offer here on my blog) has 24 activities. There are four activities in six different categories. The label page has labels that will fit both a narrow mouth or a wide mouth canning jar lid. A clean, plastic peanut butter jar is a great way to go too, and a little more kid-friendly. Follow this link to download a single PDF with the three pages you’ll need to complete your sneak peek jar.
– A clean container for your boredom jar
– Scissors or a paper cutter
– The Printable Boredom Buster Jar 3-page PDF
– Tape, glue or string
– Download and print out the PDF Boredom Buster Jar Printables.
– Cut the activity cards apart with the scissors or paper cutter.
– Fold them in half or quarters and put them in the container.
– Choose which labels you want to use from the print out. Cut them out and adhere them to the container with tape, glue or string.