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I’m Bored Mommy! — Quick Kids’ Craft Ideas

By Fredrica Syren:

With three kids, I feel as if I’m constantly on the go with cleaning, feeding, dressing, changing diapers, picking up toys, and of course — the fun of cleaning it up again. My kids have tons of energy and imagination, but there are times when they look at me with their puppy eyes and say, “Mom, I’m bored.” Yup, a busy mom’s favorite words, right? NOT! There are times when you just cannot play with them and you need them to play more independently. Well, after three kids, I now have a few tricks for easy and fast crafts in my back pocket that I can use for times like these.Image

Salt Dough — My mom used to make this for me and I have made it for my kids. It’s perfect because it does not take long to whip up and usually you have these ingredients at home already. The best part is that kids usually can entertain themselves with it for a while and, with a little imagination and cookie cutters, create all kinds of fun things.IMG_8238


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup salt
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 Tbsp. oil (canola, olive or coconut)

Mix and blend until you have a dough.

Colored Epsom Salts — I don’t know how or from whom I learned this, but my daughter particularly loves this craft and has so much fun with it. Basically, you need a spoon, a glass jar, Epsom salts and food coloring. Blend the salts with a few drops of food coloring. You want to make a few different colors so the child and can mix them. Place each colored salt into different bowls, and give the artist a spoon to pour salt mixes into a glass jar and make fun color patterns.
epson salt colors

Other Ideas that Are Not Crafts

Hide-and-Go-Seek — I have made it a sport to play this game in order to get chores done around the house. As I’m counting, I will cut veggies for dinner and while I’m looking, I’m tidying up the house. I know it sounds crazy but, hey, it works☺

Easter Egg Hunt — Ok, so they’re not really Easter eggs that I hide. Instead, I hide one particular toy per child in fun creative places while they all wait in another room. They will have tons of fun looking for them, giving me a few minutes to get some chores done. Usually they can play this game for a while.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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  1. Yay, Fredrica. Thanks for these ideas that I can do with my 5 year old grandson, Roland. He too will love these creative play ideas.

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