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.
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
Build a Fort
Balloon Paddle Ball
Play with Kitchen
Do a Craft
Play with color-changing cars
Toy Story memory game
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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