Thursday, April 29, 2010

Two Simple Boredom Busters

My kids have all loved these Learn To Draw books:


Simple tracing paper keeps them busy for hours:

20 comments :

  1. What a great idea! My daughters would love this. Thank you for sharing!

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  2. I need to do some of that for the summer months. Thanks again for the idea!

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  3. Hmm wonder if my almost 3 year old is too young. I would love it if he sat and did something for me than a couple minutes at a time though:)

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  4. We have some of these same books. I saw several last week in the front "Sale" section at Borders Bookstore.
    My son is always wanting to trace Star Wars creatures. Tracing paper is what I need...he gets frustrated when he can't see through the typing paper. Thanks!

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  5. I haven't seen those. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. NEED.TO.GET.TRACING.PAPER!!!! We have only one book like that...and it is great...but we've been out of tracing paper.....thanks for the reminder!!!!!

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  7. Great ideas! My girls love the doodle books. You should check them out too. The drawing is started and you have to finish it! They have them for boys and girls.
    http://www.amazon.com/Beautiful-Doodles-Pictures-Complete-Create/dp/0762432985/ref=sr_1_2/184-1025055-3576744?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1272546101&sr=8-2

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  8. I love it when you do posts like this! I have an almost-four-year-old and am constantly trying to think of ideas to bust the boredom :)

    Thanks!

    Keri

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  9. We've got the drawing books.... the tracing paper didn't occur to me, what a great idea!

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  10. great idea! i'm off the the book store and michael's! thanks for the post :)

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  11. I think tracing paper is the ticket. The results end up being something they are so proud of. Have your kids tried making paper dolls with the Sears Catalogue? Or whatever clothing catalogues you may have. Put some cereal box cardboard at the back of the one of the swimsuit models, and then find clothes to fit her, and cut out the picture including tabs. My girls enjoy this a lot.
    Dana

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  12. We also love Ed Emberly - I loved it growing up and my kiddos love them now!

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  13. WOW...such a blast from the past! I loved these when I was a kid :) Great reminder for my kiddos.

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  14. Totally never thought about tracing paper! My 3-year old LOVES to draw. What a great idea! Thanks for the idea. And for the book suggestions too!

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  15. My kids adore those too. It's the best church "quiet" activity I could think of.

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  16. I LOVE usborne books. I'm a rep. Now, I want to get tracing paper for my Second Grade class because they are finished with work. At least I could get them to draw to keep them somewhat occupied.

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  17. Ooh, tracing paper. I totally forgot that existed. And since my 4 year old suddenly has all these newfound fine motor skills that are translating to drawing skills....great idea.

    Also, I just recently discovered your blog and have decided to make you my muse, okay? Seriously. I want to be like you when I grow up. :)

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  18. Thank you so much for your recommendations. There is so much stuff (junk) out there that I always wonder, will kids use that? Is that a good investment? But I loved your toy recommendation from way back when and I think I bought many of the items that you recommended :).

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  19. I love little ideas like this that I know my kids will eat up! Thank you~

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