I love summer. It’s such a fun, beautiful time. No school, no real schedules, just parks, beaches, bike rides and swim days. Lots of tired kids from fun activities with messy Popsicle faces make me happy. It’s pretty much my goal every summer day to get them as tired as I possibly can. However, there are some hard things that come with all the fun ones. For example, life doesn’t just stop when summer comes around. Mom and Dad still have jobs, obligations, and chores still need to be done. The world doesn’t stop so we can entertain our kids for 3 months, as much as they would like that.
It’s been a battle each summer for me to create ways my kids can entertain themselves without plopping them in front of the TV every chance I get. (Confession: I kinda hate the tv…) This summer I’ve got a life hack to share with you. A simple way to create a place for your kids to play freely without creating a huge mess. When things are organized and put together with suggested activities available, my kids tend to play longer.
My life hack? Putting together a ‘busy station’ for my kids for the summer using some unsuspected items! JCPenney has some amazing choices, both online and at your local store and it was so fun to do the shopping there! I was definitely able to get some steals.
Summer Life Hack: Creating a ‘Busy’ Station for your kids
As you can see, it was pretty simple! Most of the toys, paints, puzzles, & drawing items we already had. It was about getting a few things to pull them all together so that my kids could 1) play easily with them and 2) take them out and clean up after themselves by themselves. (We’ll see how that second part goes…) Here’s what I bought from JCPenney:
JCPenney is having a great Memorial Day sale too – you should head over there. Because I know you’ll love their prices! I bought the cupcake holder here ($39), Good Grip Clips here ($7), shower curtain hooks here ($7), and the hanging 3-shelf organizer here (only $16!). As you can see, these are from different departments with different functions. But doesn’t that make it fun? Sometimes the best use for something is definitely not something it was intended for!
Kids Play Station
First we have the cupcake holder. Here we’ve transformed it into an organization tool for our creative ‘busy’ station. On the top we’ve got colors, stickers, stencils, coloring books and on the bottom we’ve got items for painting. The top is perfect for holding all of the papers, etc., because it’s flat and the perfect size. The bottom is perfect for the paint because you can dab a bit in each cupcake spot for the kids to use!
This way you don’t have to worry about the paint getting everywhere, instead you have each one contained in their little section! Now granted, I’m gonna keep it real – this picture was taken for this post. This is most definitely not what it would look like if my kids were painting. It contains the paint more than a paper plate, but kids will be kids! Another side note – my kids are 7 and 4. They can paint without me worrying about them also repainting the walls as well. If you don’t feel comfortable using it for paint with your kids, I feel ya. You could use the cupcake holder for kids to separate buttons or Legos into colors or shapes. Or if you could find some old Boggle letters and have them separate their letters. That way it’s educational too! I’m sure it’d be great for quite a few activities.
Hang your kids’ art
Now here’s where the clips and hooks come in. They are absolutely perfect for hanging your kids’ art! Also, the reason I chose this 3-shelf closet organizer to hang. It has space to organize your kids’ art stuff and toys but there is a slot through the bottom to hang a pole. Slide one through there, add some hooks & clips and BAM your kids can display their art! You want to know the best part? This play station hangs in the closet, so even if they didn’t pick up after themselves (shocker!!) you can just slide the closet door shut. Problem solved. You also won’t have a million paintings, even if they are the most beautiful your child has ever painted, hanging on the fridge. Because if you’re like me, there’s only so many I can keep!
There you have it! My best #LifeHack for the kids to get through the summer! JCPenney wants to know your summer ‘life hack!’
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