How did I do this? I am sorry I don't have pictures of the actual crafting part, but I cut off the top half of the front of the box and all the flaps on top. After that, I took some leftover duck cloth (canvas like) I had from another project. Of course you could use any fabric you like! I covered my box with it and just used hot glue! Mod Podge would work too, but the duck cloth is so darn thick! Then, I made my little sign and glued buttons on.
So, what is in this magical Boredom Box? I change it regularly to keep the kids from getting "bored" with its contents. But these things are regulars:
- Activity Books (We love PuzzleBuzz books from Highlights)
- Laminated Hidden Pictures Puzzles taken from old PuzzleBuzz books
- A dry erase marker and felt eraser to do the hidden pictures
- Blank Paper and tracing paper
- Educational Math and Literacy board games from Mailbox (This is typically my kids first choice out of here)
- A Hundreds chart with a little jar of beans for counting/making patterns
- A little spill-proof container of bubbles
- Every night I also compile some fun educational worksheets for each of my kids at their level and staple them together with their name
So, when my kids tell me they're bored, I can send them to their little boredom busting corner. My 3-year-old really likes to sit there while I do the dishes since it's right next to our dishwasher! Or if my 5-year-old wants to play video games or play outside with friends, I make sure he's done his worksheets for the day. This makes it WAY easier on me to make sure he's getting his brain working for the day ;)
So, there you have it. Hopefully this will help someone else whose kids constantly use that annoying "B" word! And usually after I've got them started using their brains in our corner, they almost always start using their brains to create their own play with each other! Makes me smile, I tell ya!