Thursdays With Tracie – “Mommy, I’m Bored” Jar

Summer is almost here and I am so excited!
I love summer!
I love swimming.
I love BBQ’s.
I love not having to get up and run around like a chicken getting everyone to school!
I ESPECIALLY LOVE having the kids home.

However, I DON’T  LOVE the “I’m bored blues”
that set in quite quickly at my house.

Last year we did a bucket list for the summer and it was so much fun (which I will share with you in my next post).  This year I wanted to try something different.  After spending some time in Blog Land, I came across Shabby Beach Nest’s blog and I absolutely loved  her version of a Bored Jar!!!  It was pure genius!   So I went to work tweaking it to fit my crew.

I decided I needed something that my boys would not be able to go through and pick and choose what they wanted (“You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit” – that’s the rule in this house) and something that would be appropriate for each child. Coloring might be exciting for my 3 year old but my 9 year old would not be amused.

Materials that I used:
1.  Clear paint can (Beverley’s)
2.  3 different colors of scrapbooking paper (1 for each boy, the baby doesn’t need the bored jar yet!!)
3.  Fun ribbon
4.  Glue
5.  Stickers (letters and whatever you have on hand to seal the strips of paper with)
6.  Gallon Ziplock bags.
7.  Tote with lid.

1.  Tie the ribbon onto the handle of the paint can.
2.  Glue ribbon around the bottom of the outside of the paint can.
3.  Cut a circle from the scrapbook paper and glue to the lid of the can.
4.  Using your letter stickers, add “Bored Jar” to the top of the can.
5.  Cut the scrapbook paper into strips (using 3 different colors).

6.  Add your fun ideas to the strips and seal them with a sticker (no peeking!).

Here are some of my ideas:

-For my 3 year old (his color is yellow) I did: bubbles, sock puppets, coloring, design your own shirt (with fabric markers) and sidewalk chalk art.

-For my 7 year old (his color was orange) I did: water balloons, make a paper airplane, bake cookies, clean up playroom (yes, now you see why I want them sealed!)

-For my 9 year old (his color is green) I did: origami, build a Lego ship, build a catapult, make a movie, write a play for the family and clean out the car.

For some of the slips, I wrote surprise, craft and art.
This way, it will be mommy’s choice :-).

7.  For any of the ideas that needed special supplies, I used individual Ziploc bags for each project.

Example: Origami project – I printed ideas off the internet and put those and the paper into the Ziplock bag.
Sock puppets – socks, eyes, and fabric marker into a Ziplock Bag.

I wanted to have the supplies on hand so I won’t be running all over town in 110 degrees purchasing the supplies to do the activity… by the time we would get home, they might not be bored anymore!

8.  I gathered all of my filled Ziplock Bags and put them in a tote, which will be going into my closet so there won’t be any peaking.

  I’m armed and ready for my boys to say, “Mommy, I’m bored”.
Three weeks and counting until summer begins!

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Thanks Mandy for having me, have a great week everyone!


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  1. Love the bored jar! So fun! Thanks for sharing your ideas on “Strut Your Stuff Saturday!” We’ll see you next week! -The Sisters

  2. Love it, great idea, I never let my 4 children use the “bored” word in the summer, this would have been another fun way to save the day!

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