Busy Book for Kids

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BUSY BOOK for kids 35 fun activities to keep your kids busy Copyright © 2009, Devoted to Parenting Ltd All rights reserved. NOTICE: You can give away this e-book to your friends, part of free bonuses to promote your product, as a gift for your website visitors or for subscribing to your newsletter. The only restriction is that this e-book should not be sold, modified or changed in any way. DISCLAIMER AND TERMS OF USE AGREEMENT The author and publisher have used their best efforts in preparing this e-book. The author and publisher make no representation or warranties (expressed or implied) with respect to the accuracy, applicability, fitness, or completeness of the contents of this e- book. The information contained in this e-book is strictly for educational purposes. Therefore, if you wish to apply ideas contained in this e-book, you are taking full responsibility for your actions. Our Website: www.devotedtoparenting.com Email: info@devotedtoparenting.com Cover art and illustrations courtesy of www.hasslefreeclipart.com
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TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction The How and Why of this e-book: .............................................................................................. 1 Great Ideas for Indoor Activities.................................................................................... 2 Story time .................................................................................................................................... 2 Crazy Golf ................................................................................................................................... 2 Wax Creations ............................................................................................................................. 2 Dress Up...................................................................................................................................... 2 Puppet Show................................................................................................................................ 3 Kitchen Fun ................................................................................................................................. 3 Mini Worm Farm ........................................................................................................................ 3 Jewellery...................................................................................................................................... 3 Design a T-shirt........................................................................................................................... 3 Create a Collage .......................................................................................................................... 4 Board Games ............................................................................................................................... 4 Ghost Stories ............................................................................................................................... 4 Giant Easel .................................................................................................................................. 4 Growing a Seed ........................................................................................................................... 5 Card Games ................................................................................................................................. 5 Great Ideas for Outdoor Activities................................................................................. 6 Ribbon Sticks .............................................................................................................................. 6 Sandbox Fun................................................................................................................................ 6 Picking Berries ............................................................................................................................ 6 Organize a Treasure Hunt ........................................................................................................... 6 Vegetable Patch........................................................................................................................... 7 Nature Walks............................................................................................................................... 7 Borrow a Pet................................................................................................................................ 7 Toy Sail Boats ............................................................................................................................. 7 Camping Out ............................................................................................................................... 8 Neighbourhood Walk .................................................................................................................. 8 Ring Toss..................................................................................................................................... 8 Great Ideas for Travelling Activities.............................................................................. 9 20 Questions................................................................................................................................ 9 Word Play.................................................................................................................................... 9 I Went To Market........................................................................................................................ 9 Find the Place .............................................................................................................................. 9 Car Colours ............................................................................................................................... 10 Alphabet Soup ........................................................................................................................... 10 Associations .............................................................................................................................. 10 Personal Bags ............................................................................................................................ 10 Travel Diary .............................................................................................................................. 11
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BUSY BOOK for kids www.devotedtoparenting.com INTRODUCTION The How and Why of this e-book: This book is brought to you by: Devoted to Parenting's goal is to provide unique and valuable information, resources, and support to help make parenting easier and a whole lot more fun. Not only does Devoted to Parenting’s website offer inspiring and practical articles and tips, the e-books are specially chosen to help reduce the stresses of parenting in this fast paced world and increase the joy happy children bring. Many parents have generously given us their own family activities. Some things we’ve thought up ourselves, other things are ideas passed down through generations and yet other things are what we have been lucky enough to learn about from various books, people and situations. Throughout the years, we’ve come up with lots of ideas families can do together that are inexpensive. A lot of them are even free. I’m sure both you and your child/children (or even your grandchildren) will find lots of great things to do together. Discuss the ideas within this book to see if they have any particular wants and needs in the quest to cure their boredom, and they may come up with even more things to do. We’ve compiled this book with two or more children in mind, but don’t worry if you only have one child. A lot of the things are totally possible for a single child, and you could always invite a couple of his or her friends along to make it more fun. Happy reading! 1
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BUSY BOOK for kids www.devotedtoparenting.com Great Ideas for Indoor Activities Story time Read and discuss a book or a chapter of a book, make up your own endings. You can even make up your own stories by sitting the kids in a ring and letting them "add a sentence". You can make up lots of really funny stories this way. Crazy Golf Get the kids to sit down together and design a crazy golf course to run throughout the house (or just one room if you might have problems getting them to clean up afterwards). Use toys, bathroom stuff, kitchen utensils or anything else at hand to create the “holes” and routes. Small plastic golf sets are easy to come by in most toy shops, and they’re usually extremely cheap. Have treats ready for whenever a child reaches the end of the golf course. Wax Creations Give the kids their old, wax crayon stubs and let them make shavings from them with a butter knife onto a piece of wax paper. When they're done, with the help of an adult carefully take their creations to the ironing board, lay another piece of wax paper on top, and briefly press with a warm iron. Let the kids watch as the colours melt together. Put them on the table to cool down and harden. Dress Up Sort through all of your old clothes; there's bound to be something that doesn't fit, or isn't in fashion. If you haven't got anything at all ask your friends and family or visit a charity shop. Get 2 cardboard boxes, one for "dress up" clothes, and one for rags. Fill the "dress up" box with the most outrages clothes, and cut up the other clothes for the "rags" box. Let the kids play "dress up", or let them create things with the rags. Hours and hours of fun! 2
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BUSY BOOK for kids www.devotedtoparenting.com Puppet Show Let the kids make finger puppets from paper, help them to create a "show" with a script and characters. Build up a few boxes stuck together with packing tape, make the top one have an opening at the front and hang up a curtain (you can use rags from the rag-box for this). Let the kids practice until they feel really confident then invite a few friends or family members over to watch the "show". Kitchen Fun Pull out the cook books, let the kids choose a simple recipe and work together on making dinner, desserts, snacks or cakes. The older ones can do the main cooking, and the younger ones can do the measuring or decorating. Mini Worm Farm Get a large clear plastic container, some soil, leaves, a little sand, and some bits of vegetables to create the farm. Dig up some earthworms. Fill the container with loose layers of soil and sand, beginning with soil and alternating the layers. Make the soil layers about 4x the size of the sand layers. Also make sure the top layer is soil. 4 or 5 layers should be enough. Drop some small bits of vegetables and leaves on top, and then put the worms in. Add a lid of some sort, making sure it has air holes. Put the newly created worm farm in a cool dark place for a few days. The worms will tunnel down through the layers, and the kids can see just how good they are at churning up the soil. Please remember to let the worms go when the kids have finished with them. Jewellery Collect beads, buttons and string in a shoebox. When the kids are bored, bring out the shoebox and let them make necklaces and bracelets. There's bound to be tons of beads and buttons you can salvage from the rag-box. Design a T-shirt Find some old plain t-shirts or pick some up at a discount store and let the kids decorate them with fabric markers, glitter, paint etc. If they’re old enough they can even sew on buttons, findings or anything their hearts desire. 3
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BUSY BOOK for kids www.devotedtoparenting.com Create a Collage Collect a whole bunch of colourful magazines and some small sheets of cardboard (A4 size is good). Give each child a sheet of cardboard, some PVA glue and some magazines. Let them rip up and tear the magazines to their hearts content and create mosaic pictures or collages. Board Games Board games are always a huge hit, so make sure you have plenty of them handy, everything from the simplest to the most advanced. Come up with new ways of playing the games; under a blanket with a torch/flashlight, under the table, out in the shed, or even with new “home- made” rules etc. It will add that little bit of excitement to games the kids may be tired of. Ghost Stories If you’re ready for a sleepless night, try an evening of ghost stories. First, find a couple of torches/flashlights, and then cover a table with a heavy blanket. The goal here is for the kids (and you) to make up ghost stories as ghoulish as they dare. Everybody crouches under the table, with just the lights from the torches and takes turn telling stories. Depending on the age of the kids participating, be prepared to be freaked out! Giant Easel Go to a charity shop or wallpaper store and buy leftover rolls of wallpaper. Cover a wall with the paper, back to front; stick it up with blu-tac or push pins. Give the kids paints, crayons, chalks pens etc and let them create their own mural. The little ones create on the bottom, while the big ones create their wall painting up to the top. 4
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BUSY BOOK for kids www.devotedtoparenting.com Growing a Seed Kids of all ages love this one, because it's not just sticking a seed into soil and hoping it will grow. This way you can tell when it starts rooting. Get a paper towel, fold it into a medium sized rectangle then dampen it. Put the seed between the 1st layer and the rest of the damp paper towel, and place the whole lot into a small plastic bag. A Ziploc sandwich bag works great for this. Use a strip of masking tape on the bags with each child’s name on it so they can check on their seeds progress. Close the bag and put it in a fairly dark place but in a place where kids can walk up to check on their seeds and see the wonders of nature in action. Card Games A deck of cards can provide hours of fun for children of almost any age. The classic game of Go Fish is a favourite among small children. The object is to win the most sets of four cards by asking other players for them. You use a regular 52-card deck but you might shorten the pack in order to have a quicker game by removing all cards of a few different ranks. How to play: gather at least two players and up to six. Deal each player seven cards, unless you have more than four players, then deal them five cards. Have them hold their cards in their hand, facing them. Leave the un-dealt cards face down in a pile (the fish pond). Starting with the player at dealer's left, each player asks for a specific card. For example: "Patrick, do you have any 2s?" In order to ask, you must already have at least one 2. Patrick has to give you all the 2s he holds, but the other players do not. Then you get to go again. If the player you ask does not have your requested card he can tell you to "Go Fish." Pick up the top card of the fish pond. If it's the card you asked for, show the card at once, and your turn goes on. Otherwise, your turn ends and the play moves to the left. Place your groups of four on the table once you have collected them. When all the cards have been drawn and all the sets collected, the person with the most sets wins. 5
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BUSY BOOK for kids www.devotedtoparenting.com Great Ideas for Outdoor Activities Ribbon Sticks For this you need nothing more than some strips of wide ribbon and some bamboo sticks. A few 4ft sticks will do. Snap them in half and tie a length of ribbon to one end. Make the ribbon length no longer than what the kids can handle. Let the kids loose with the sticks and tell them to try to make shapes, circles, and snakes etc just like the gymnasts do on T.V. My 8 year old who has ADHD absolutely loves this one, and it’s one of the few things he’ll actually do for longer periods of time. Sandbox Fun Buy a cheap plastic double sided sandbox for the garden. Fill one half with sand and the other half with water. Add a whole lot of kitchen utensils and containers, and the kids will occupy themselves for ages. Make sure you always cover the sandbox when the kids are done, or you might find that your neighbour’s cats may think it's their litter box... Picking Berries Find a place with lots of berries, be it blackberries, strawberries, redcurrants, raspberries or whatever and go berry picking for the day. Sometimes you may have to pay for the berries, but there are a lot of places where berries grow in the wild and are free to pick and use. Kids LOVE picking berries, so take this chance to make it into an educational thing by bringing along a book about berries. This way you can teach them which berries are safe to pick and which ones they need to stay away from. Use the berries you pick to make desserts, jams and cakes. Scrumptious fun! Organize a Treasure Hunt This can be done in the house, garden, park or even on a short walk. Hide some small items, toys or sweets in various places. Draw up maps with "X Marks the Spot" and easy to follow directions. Let the hunt begin! 6
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BUSY BOOK for kids www.devotedtoparenting.com Vegetable Patch If you have a garden, or access to one, see if you can get the kids involved in making a vegetable patch of their own. Seeds are pretty cheap and a lot of vegetables are extremely simple to grow and cultivate. Try with carrots, lettuce leeks, spring onions and pumpkins for starters. Herbs are also really easy. Some extra simple ones are watercress, parsley, chives and basil. Nature Walks Nature walks are one of the most inexpensive boredom busters ever created. All you need is energy and wide-open eyes. Of course, you can make the whole walk a lot more interesting by having something specific to look for. Luckily for townsfolk and city people, nature isn’t just about being out in the country. Wherever there are trees, there’s going to be birds. Where there’s grass growing, flowers and weeds grow etc. Borrow a book about wild flowers, birds or animals from your local library and refer to it every time the kids see something of interest. Take along a notepad and pencil for each of the kids to write down what they saw on the walk. Borrow a Pet A great way to beat boredom in the school holidays is to get the kids involved with animals. If you don’t own a pet of your own, you could offer to look after the schools gerbils and rabbits, or for that little bit “extra”, why not offer to take your neighbours dog along with you on your nature walks? Toy Sail Boats This one is a really old pastime, but tons of fun. Get a plastic bottle and cut it in half lengthways. Make the sail from a wooden Kebab stick and some paper. There are tons of other household items that can be used, so look around and use your imagination. Make sure you hang some weight to the bottom of the boat to make sure it doesn’t keel over. A lollypop stick with some oil based play dough will work for a short while. (Practice in the kitchen sink to see what works best for you.) Once the boats are ready, walk to your nearest pond or stream, or even fill up the bathtub and go sailing. Hours of fun for free! 7
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