I am of the opinion (since you ask) that what parents want are easy and effective activities to keep their kids busy, especially when they are stuck indoors. They don’t need (or want) to spend more time setting up a project then the kids spend engaged with it. Am I right?
If you’ve been following me for any length of time (bless you), you know my favorite indoor activities are those my kids can do by themselves. I don’t spend a lot of time creating beautifully designed DIY projects. You won’t see my homemade toys featured on design blogs and pinned 300,000 times. However, what you will find right here are extremely easy ideas that normal (or lazy, like me) parents can actually do.
Today I am rounding up my favorite easy but ugly ideas. It’s okay if you don’t decoupage your cardboard boxes, color coordinate your clothespins or cover tin cans with washi tape in order to keep your kids entertained. If you like doing that, great! I am not in any way knocking my fellow bloggers. Indeed, I envy their ability to create gorgeous ideas and their success speaks for itself.
However, all bloggers know they have embarrassingly ugly posts in their archives. I’m pulling mine out for you in all their ugly but awesome glory. These ideas are not pretty. But who cares? They will entertain your kids.
Warning: These pictures are not pretty, they lack proper lighting, and
may even be are slightly out of focus. CLICK on the orange links below to see the original (and ugly) project
- Turn a cardboard box into a ball game.
- Turn a bunch of yogurt containers into… well, whatever you want it to be.
- Turn a box into the ugliest toy car parking garage ever.
- Turn a box into the ugliest toy stove ever.
- Tun an old pickle jar into a magnet busy jar.
- Use a stained baking sheet for a toy car ramp or a toy car obstacle course.
- Thread pipe cleaners through an index card.
- Push toothpicks through a stained colander.
- Play with craft sticks.
- Construct with homemade cardboard building discs
- Play with a cardboard drop box (pictured above) – cut a hole in a box and drop blocks into it.
That last one is my favorite. I originally titled the post, “How to get siblings to work together.” Go on. Click on it to find out why.
So what about you? How much effort do you put into helping your kids entertain themselves? Are your projects beautiful? Are they so-so? Or are they really quite ugly, like mine? No matter your design talent, we can all agree on the objective: happy, busy kids.
Don’t forget, you can find more easy ideas (some might even be pretty!) on our giant list of indoor activities.