Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Naptime Fun: Activity Sticks!



Every morning when I get Sarah down for a nap, it's a battle to keep Hosea quiet!  I swear the only time he picks up those drumsticks lately is when she's sleeping.  Stinker!

So, over on Design Dazzle, I read a post from How to Nest for Less about activity sticks she made for her children to keep them having fun during the cold winter days.  I immediately thought, Yes!  This is a fun way to keep Hosea playing quietly.



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So, I waited until they were both asleep tonight and got to work.  Here's how I made mine.  I cleaned out a soup can, grabbed some fun scrapbook paper, some large craft sticks and some spray adhesive.  I sprayed the scrap paper with the adhesive and laid down 20 craft sticks.

While I was waiting on those to dry, I sprayed down some other paper and rolled it onto my soup can.  Once the craft sitcks were dry, I used an exacto knife and cut them all out.  Then to "finish" them, I sanded them slightly.


Then, I just finished off the can with some baker's twine and a little tag that reads, "Naptime Fun!"

I hand wrote all the activities on the back of the craft sticks.  Here's a list of what I chose for our quiet activities!

Angry Birds Game
Play with Car Mat
Play with Cars
Trains
Playdough
Paint
Build a Fort
Balloon Paddle Ball
Potato Heads
Read Books
Play with Kitchen
Do a Craft
Puzzles
Play with color-changing cars
Toy Story memory game
Candy Land
Play with stickers


I can't wait to try this out with him.  He'll love getting to pick something out himself instead of me always saying, "We can't play that.  Sarah is sleeping."  Now he has a list of things he CAN play!  LOVE IT!



Any other quiet activities you and your kiddos play?

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29 comments:

Erin @ How to Nest for Less said...

YAY! So glad you made these :) I'm your newest follower!!

Jenifer Harrod said...

These are so pretty and what a great idea!

Joanne said...

awesome idea! I bet Hosea does love this!!!

gail said...

super project! great idea.
gail

Cornerstone Confessions said...

Oh this is a great idea. I must add this to my to-do for my daughter! Thank you!

Jen the CraftinCowgirl said...

Great idea and cute!

Chrissy said...

These are so cute and what a great idea! I'm a new follower!! :)

Jen said...

This is a great idea! This would make a cute gift for people with new babies, as well...I've got several friends that would love this!

Jill said...

I saw this somewhere once before, but had completely forgotten about it! It's great! I think I need to make this for my crafting, because I'm indecisive like that!

~JILL
www.envirocraftiness.com

Deana@CountryMommaCooks said...

Thats a really good idea thanks! found you at Six Sisters party.....gonna follow you:)

Amy said...

This is a GREAT idea...I may have to do something similar for my son! Thanks for the inspiration! Would you consider sharing here?

http://oneartmama.blogspot.com/2012/01/shine-on-fridays-9-and-some-fabulous.html

Sarah said...

Love it! They turned out super cute! I am thankful that all three of mine still nap (they are all under four), but I am going to keep this idea in mind for when the older ones need it!

Natasha said...

Thank you so much for this! great idea, going to make one this week for the kids

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Natasha

www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

Maureen said...

That is so super cute! An easy project that has adorable payoff :)
Thanks so much for sharing on Fresh Fridays!

~Randee@Randee's Organized Chaos said...

AWESOME AWESOME Idea!! THANKS for linking up!!!! I am your newest CHAOTIC follower!!! ;)

Christine said...

What a neat idea!! I'm going to mention this idea to my daughter's daycare center. I'm sure they are going to love it!

Check out my blog too:
http://thediydreamer.blogspot.com

Amanda Jones said...

What a great idea to keep your kids busy quietly! Thank you for linking up!

Amanda
everycreativeendeavor.com

Paula Parrish said...

Love this project, I so want to make one for our family. Smiles, Paula

Liz @ Here's to Handy Andy said...

Very cute! I would love for you to link up to our party going on right now! http://herestohandyandy.blogspot.com/2012/01/pinteresting-link-party-week-21.html

Handmade by Hilani said...

Super cute!!

Alison @ Oopsey Daisy said...

This is a great way to keep the kids entertained during naptime! Genius. I love the bakers' twine on the can, too! The perfect touch!

Six Sisters said...

We love this idea! Thanks for linking up to "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We would love to have you come back next Saturday with more great ideas! -The Sisters

The Southern Product Queen said...

Omg! Love this idea! So cute! Thanks for linking up at my linky party!

Kelli said...

I love how you put all of this together! Oh I just love your educational resources! I would love for you to share your stuff on my site via my weekly homeschooling on the cheap linky: http://3boysandadog.com/deals/2012/homeschooling-on-the-cheap-january-12-2012/

Lindsi B said...

This is a SUPER idea! I have a 5 year old who doesn't nap anymore but gets really tired of looking at books all the time during "quiet time" so this would be something I could do for him! I'd love you to share this with my readers for Fun Stuff Fridays. http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/01/fun-stuff-fridays-6.html

Chatty Chics said...

What a great idea! They turned out so well! Thank you so much for showing off at my place!
Melody
ChattyChics.com
PS Come back again on Wednesday if you can. :)

Charissa said...

This is a great idea. My kids are older--I might have to make my sticks for when they tell me they're bored and they can pick one that says something like...Go clean Mom's bathroom, Become one with nature and pick weeds in the backyard for an hour, Give Mom a back massage. Thanks for this idea. I'm going with it! I even have popsicle sticks on hand. Yippee!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This is such a great idea! My son needs help knowing what to do with himself during quiet time.

creativejewishmom/sara said...

Wonderful project, thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling sunday, and nice to meet you!

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