It’s just two little words, but it’s a phrase that every mom dreads: “I’m bored.” With summer officially behind us and the chill of autumn moving playtime indoors, you might find yourself scrambling to keep the kids busy. Forego the TV and take a cue from Mother Nature instead; these fall-inspired craft ideas are simple, cheap, and – best of all – tried and true boredom busters.
Whether you picked one peck too many or chose some not-so-crisp honeycrisps in the produce aisle, those extra apples are still valuable. Turn them into stamps to create instant art on cardstock, canvas bags, or t-shirts. Simply cut apples lengthwise and either brush fabric paint on the cut surface or dip in an ink pad. Press firmly and evenly on the surface of your choice. (Tip: place newspapers or old t-shirts underneath to blot any paint that bleeds through.) Hand-paint a stem and leaf for a fresh-from-the-orchard finish.
Extra credit: Cut apples cross-sectionally to reveal a star shape in the center and teach young kids about shapes. Stamp canvas bags to make easy teacher gifts for the holidays.