In summers past, it wasn’t uncommon for my kids to be bored and whining while I was in the middle of doing something and couldn’t entertain them.
For this summer, I’ve made a creativity kit with all kinds of fun arts and crafts supplies inside. The kit is made from an empty Styrofoam cooler, big enough to hold all of the goodies. Kids can decorate the cooler with markers, put their names on it, or to make it look like a pirate’s treasure chest, or whatever they want.
Inside I have markers, colored pencils, regular pencils, sidewalk chalk, crayons, pens, a couple of smocks, watercolors, paint, paintbrushes, finger paints, erasers, a ruler, pairs of safety scissors, pieces of felt in various colors, construction paper, printer paper, newspaper, paper plates, craft sticks, pom-poms, pipe cleaners, glue sticks, tape, glitter, stickers, yarn, and wiggle eyes.
Kids can pull out their creativity kit whenever they are bored, or when they are feeling artistically inclined. I’ll give them suggestions when I can; for example, one day I might suggest, “Hey, draw a self-portrait.” Another day I might say, “I’ll show you how to make a hat out of a newspaper!” Or “Pretend you’re the king/queen of your own country and design your country’s flag!” It’s hard to go wrong with an open-ended kit like this one.