Fight boredom: Craft projects to do with kids over winter break

Fight boredom: Craft projects to do with kids over winter break

"And Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again."  Johnny Mathis knew what he was singing about in "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" as kids  home from school start declaring, "I'm bored!"

In the aftermath that follows unwrapping the presents and avoiding writing thank you notes, the kids turn to you to for entertainment. For the next few days, Tween Us is armed with suggestions to get you and your kids through winter break, and have fun together and with others. Fight the boredom!

Today's ideas: Craft projects, but only those that are fun, and very easy.

  • Spoonful.com has a great Tween Craft gallery that you can find here. The etched candles are perfect for giving new life to holiday candles. One of my other favorite projects was the paper stars. Yes, it's easy and looks a bit simple for your tween, but have the kids make a galaxy, and use them as great decorations for New Years Eve. If going that route, have the kids write wishes for the coming year on them.  Or save them for the 4th of July. It could be a fun time to check in on how those wishes or goals are coming.

  • I confess I'm not very crafty. It's sad. But I can handle making fleece scarves.  This tutorial has 18 different ways to make fleece scarves. I'm thinking we may go with the curly fringe. My tween and I are going to do so with snowflake fleece and have them as favors for my tween's snow party. Making scarves is also a good project to do as a way of giving back to the community. Share them with local shelters who can use cold weather gear or help direct it to those in need.
  • I also am a big fan of getting cheap canvas tennis shoes and decorating them with fabric pens or puffy paint. I remember doing this as a tween and teen. You may be tempted to mock my shoes with the purple paw prints, but I was true to my school. Here are some very easy directions for coloring canvas shoes, which I found for under $15 at Payless, and the markers are under $6. Once you've got the markers and the shoes, let your tween's creativity take over. They can also make a plain t-shirt (or maybe a Christmas gift that didn't quite work) or a pillow case their canvas.Crayloa Fabric markers
  • Club Chica Circle is chock full of craft ideas, too. It may be that I'm not feeling well, or just that I'm ridiculously craft-challenged, but one that stuck out to me was the very easy Pipe Cleaner Pencil Toppers. I also like that I can get the necessary items while stocking up on Kleenex and Halls at Target. If I was more on my game, the giant dream catcher could be a great project to encourage dreaming big in the new year.

Check out the Tween Us Craft and Project page on Pinterest for more ideas!

Boredom busting suggestions from earlier this week:

Throw a party!

Make the kids make dinner.

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