Friday, June 17, 2011

The Bored Board

I always have some sort of schedule for my kids during the summer. Otherwise, things delve pretty quickly into spending the entire day in pjs. Everyday.

This year, I jazzed it up a bit and decided to make a fun board to put our schedule and fun activities on.  Of course, the minute I decide to do it, the craft blog world explodes with a zillion summer board ideas!  :)  So, I'm sure you've seen similar things around lately, but this is my take on the summer activity board. 
I found a big frame at Salvation Army for cheap and painted it yellow.  I have a thing for yellow.  :)  I framed a piece of regular poster board.  Then, I used a cute font to make a title (my kids think the title is funny and fun to say--success!) and printed it out and taped it to the posterboard.

I then made some library card pockets (though I made them just a little bigger than the template I found--which I can't seem to find anymore to link to.  Just google them.  There are a ton out there.).  I went through my scrapbook paper stash to find some paper that coordinated with the frame and the colors I used for the title.

Then, I made little "tickets" to go in the pockets.  I started out making elaborate circus-ticket themed "tickets."  Yeah, that went out the window real quick.  Not enough time.  So, we have a circus font printed on plain white cardstock.
The green ones are ones my boys can choose any time they're bored.  They don't need any permission, they can just go do it.  I have fun ones and chore ones.  (Didn't your mom ever tell you, "Well, if you're so bored you can help do the work?"  Mine did.) 

The yellow ones are pretty much for anytime, too, but they have to ask permission first.  The red ones are bigger activities (ones that require more advanced planning on my part than pulling out the craft supplies or something).   
In case you're interested, here are the rest of the activities on our list--the ones that didn't get photographed:
Make popsicles
Play Twister
Play with Playdough
Build a fort
Play Frisbee
Play with bubbles
Have a lemonade stand
Play charades
Sing a song
Play I Spy
Camp in the backyard
Go to the zoo
Go to the museum
Have a picnic
Go on a hike
Have a movie night
Wash the car
Make dinner

And, of course, we have the daily schedule.  No times, though in the past I have sometimes scheduled a little more strictly (up and dressed by 8!).  This year's rule is that they can sleep in as late as they want (unless we have an appointment or something), but once they're up, they have to get dressed and make their beds. 

It's been a busy beginning of summer, so there hasn't been much chance to get bored yet, but my boys think The Bored Board is super-cool and can't wait to do all the activities in it!  Me neither! 


Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

I'm CRAZY about this idea! Thanks so much for sharing it with my readers at Fab Friday!

Warmly, Michelle

lsotoleal said...

Found link through Faith, Dust and Pixie Dust....what a fabulous idea! Thanks for sharing.

Victoria ObSEUSSed said...

Super cute way to display ideas. I love that this is simple enought to let the kids be involved in picking activities out. This will be perfect for summer. I've got to get my plan together and this gives me some great ideas. Thanks!

Jenni said...

What a great idea! Your board is so cute. I love it!

Susan said...


Mrs. H @ My Happily Ever After said...

brilliant idea!! i'm totally going to have to make one of these for boring summer days!

The Real Housewives of Bucks County said...

I love the "Bored Board" title and just might need to borrow it! I've been procrastinating making a summer board, and I think you've now inspired me. Today was the last day of school, so I'll be all set for Monday! Thanks!

D+B said...

Your blog is so adorable!!!! I am definitely going to be following you!! If you would like to check out my blog also I would LOVE that!! And follow me too!! I am excited to share new ideas on recipes and about mineral make-up!! And giving away free giveaways on make-up! So look out for it...

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Wonderful ideas here!!! So creative. Thank you for sharing.
I see you love sewing clothing. Last year I made all 7 of my daughter's Bridesmaids' dresses from a Vogue Vintage pattern. They were aqua satin. SO FUN!!!
If you go to my labels and click on Wedding Plans, you can find them.
Happy creating,

Kim from Maiden D'Shade said...

I like the name of your board, too! This is a fabulous idea, and I love that you have chores as boredom busters! You're a great mom!

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

I'm featuring your project tomorrow evening in my Fab Friday Favorites post. Please feel free to take an "I Was Featured" button from my sidebar. And please do come back next week!

Warmly, Michelle

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