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For some of us summer break is already here and for others, it is quickly approaching! There are so many reasons to love summer. And, I really do enjoy it. Occasionally though, and when I am in the middle of making dinner more often than not, I hear the dreaded - "There is nothing to do!" You too? I am all for setting out invitations to create type activities but when I don't have the time, I direct my kiddos to the Something to Do Box. The box is filled with 30 or so activities that they can do while I finish making dinner, etc. And, because of the added element of surprise (drawing an activity) they really love it!

Start with:

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Tissue Box (It already has a hole built in!)
  • Glue
  • Pen or Marker

Create It!

Step1: Write or print activities on sheets of paper.

Step 2: Cut to separate the activities.

Step 3: Fold and place activity strips into box.

Step 4: Draw or print a sign and glue half to box so it can be lifted to reach in and select an activity.

There is always something fun and creative to do. Sometimes a little reminder is all they need!

Did you ever make tissue paper corsages for your mom on Mother's Day? We've updated the homemade corsage with colorful cardstock and a wrist band so it's super easy to slip on and wear!

Start with:

  • Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Single Hole Punch
  • Paper Fasteners
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
Create it!


Step 1: Measure approximately 1 cm x 8.5 in. strip of cardstock.


Step 2: Cut a total of six strips of cardstock.


Step 3: Place a single hole punch at each end  and center of each strip.


Step 4: Line up center hole for six strips. Place paper fastener through.


Step 5: Forming ball, bring together opposite ends of all but one strip (this will form the wrist band) and secure with paper fastener.


Step 6: Remove second paper fastener, keeping hole punches lined up. Place first paper fastener through hole to form flower.


Step 7: Cut leaves from cardstock, punch hole at end of leaf and attach with existing paper fastener.


Step 8: Use additional paper fastener to secure the wrist band.

These would be adorable for father/daughter dances too!

 

Last year when we looked for the Easter baskets my children had used for the past several years, we realized they had somehow been misplaced. We did not find them until well past Easter so we ended up making our own instead. We realized we didn't need another thing in storage and truly enjoyed making the Easter baskets together so we started a new family tradition...making our own Easter baskets!

Start with:

  • Recycled Plastic Container (We used 48 oz. yogurt containers.)
  • Tissue Paper
  • Colored Cardstock
  • Ribbon/Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Paper Punch

Create It!

Step 1: Place plastic container in the center of two sheets of tissue paper.

Step 2: Bring the tissue paper up around the plastic container and tie with a ribbon around the top.

Step 3: Trim off excess tissue paper.

Step 4: Using wider ribbon (we used a tulle ribbon) wrap around the tissue paper covered plastic container and tie in a knot once wrapped.

Step 5: Cut flower shapes out of colored cardstock and place a single hole punch in center of each flower.

Step 6: Place ribbon through the holes punched in the center of the flowers and fasten by tying.

Step 7: Punch a hole on each side of the basket.

Step 8: Add ribbon for handle by tying through holes punched on each side.

 

We just might make a smaller version next month for May Day baskets. These were really fun to make together!

Stickers! They are so much fun and between birthday party favors, prizes at school, and even trips to the grocery store, it seems like we accumulate quite a few. Your house too? Today we are sharing how we repurpose the sticker borders (the sticky portion left behind after the sticker is removed) for some doodling fun!

Start with:

  • Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Pens
  • Sticker Borders

Create It!

Step 1: Peel border left over from sticker and place on cardstock.

Step 2: Cut a new border of cardstock around the sticker border portion.

Step 3: Doodle inside of the shape created by the sticker border!

We love to create by repurposing and using recycled materials. (Did you know our doodle books are printed on 100% recycled paper?!) This is a fun activity to encourage creativity while using a material that otherwise might be thrown away!