Crafting: engaging, productive work that's also fun. Crafting: a great way to keep your kids from bothering you. Whatever it is you need to do (the dishes, the taxes, or the entire season of "Stranger Things"), these crafts will help you do it -- by way of keeping little hands and growing brains absorbed in a sumptuous craft.
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The difficulty in this craft is in the careful wrapping of the yarn -- tell your kids that there mustn't be a single centimeter of exposed bowl. Then give them twelve more bowls to wrap. Shucks, let's do all the bowls in the house!
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To coat an entire wall in this clever, color-blocked print, your kids will need at least an entire afternoon. In the vein of the mischievious Tom Sawyer, convince your children that papering the guest room is the best way to spend a Sunday. You'll spend the Sunday in bed, thank you very much.
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They'll be too dazzled by the glorious array of forbidden fruit to notice that they've whittled away hours making these sugary garlands.
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This craft actually will take a few days -- that's right, days -- to create. Not all of the work is active, but the eager eyes watching their "prints" develop under the sun won't be watching you watch Netflix.
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Rome wasn't built in a day. Challenge your kids to replicate an entire city -- Manhattan, perhaps? -- and your mini-architects will be out of your hair.
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These paper-bag puppets couldn't easier -- the hard part, then, is coming up with a puppet show. Have your kids "craft" an evening's worth of entertaining then spend the day entertaining yourself.
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Memory, the children's game that requires a fabulous short-term memory, doesn't need to be store-bought. They can make it themselves! Have them make an entire set -- two of each object! -- and it'll take forever. Or a few days? We can't remember.
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You hate coin sorting. Children, surprisingly, don't. The solution? Have them sort the change jar. Let them craft their own piggy banks, one for each type of coin (penny, nickel, dime, and quarter) and hand over that bag of change you've been collecting. They will be occupied for hours! Time is money, after all.
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Instead of turning on a movie (the de rigueur tactic for keeping kids occupied), have them craft their own. They won't need fancy equipment, either, just a bit of paper and a few (very quiet) hours of creative drawing. Next stop: the Academy Awards.