Saturday, May 28, 2011

Hybrid Activity Prompt Box + Free Template

Hello there, crafty friends! It's been a while since I've posted non-release related stuff, so I figured it was about time... I'd been tossing this idea around for a few days before I finally got to it and executed my little plan. With school having just been let out, I know my guys are bound to be bored at least 1-27 times per day. The only thing that really holds their attention for longer than 15min is video games. I think kids 'these days' have so much information thrown at them that they have trouble using their imaginations. I thought I'd give them a little push in creative and pretend play.

Today we're making a hybrid activity prompt box/container! I have a little template you can grab for the label and card holder the image to download.

The digital scrapbooking kit I chose is 8 Bit World.

Here's what you'll need:

I used the template to create a label and card holder envelope for my activity container. If you don't have the same container, that's totally fine! A small box or empty coffee container would work just as well.

You'll need to cut out your template. If you don't have a fancy paper cutter or your blade was dull like mine, you can use scissors. ;)

Score where needed on your envelope.

Use adhesive of some kind to adhere your envelope as shown below. Press firmly for a minute or so if you're using glue, making sure that your envelope has time to dry a bit.

Set aside and let it dry the rest of the way as we move on to the next step.

If you are using a container that still has a label on it, go ahead and pull the label or stickers off now.

Don't have a garbage can nearby but DO have a small child? Excellent! They think it's really funny when you stick all the label pieces on their finger. See?

Use your adhesive again to stick your label on the front of your container.

Repeat the last step with your envelope on the back of your container.

Grab some index cards or small pieces of paper. Write some fun play prompts on them and stick them in your activity container. Place some extra blank cards or papers in your idea envelope for anytime an adult in the house has a cool idea for a prompt. The key is to surprise the kids, so try to write your ideas when they're not around ;)

Some of mine included using paint and only your elbow to write your name, assigning each child a 'part' to 'play' and a scenario to act out, assigning a certain number of things around the house with which to build a fort in some random number of get the idea.

That's it! Easy, right? Took me about an hour. Enjoy! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave a reply to this post. :)


CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [29 May 06:30am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Chalane said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea. Thanks so much for sharing.


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