10 "Crafty" Ways to Keep Your Kids Occupied So You Can Do Other Things
DIY Folded Paper Wall Art
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.
They'll be too dazzled by the glorious array of forbidden fruit to notice that they've whittled away hours making these sugary garlands.
Bottle Bank and Coin Sorting
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.
Paper Movie Flip Book
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.