My kids are becoming more and more like me (scary). They have a million ideas for a million things they want to try. They are 4 and 6 and and have been begging to do science experiments and sewing projects respectively. I’m not sure where this well spring of ambition came from, and some days it wears me out, but most days I want to run with it. So we’ve started a set of pizza box idea files. We’re hoping to fill them with ideas that the kids can browse whenever we’re ready for the next project. I wanted something that could be a bit cluttered and still be okay, to encourage rummaging. And we’re hoping to make duplicates of our favorite ideas to give away.
We started with pizza boxes and assembled them inside out (borrowing this idea that Family Fun had for storing kids’ artwork). The kids used modge podge to decoupage wrapping paper to the top of each box. Once it dried, they illustrated each box with sharpies.We wanted a label for each box. So we threaded a paper label on a ribbon. We unfolded one side of the box, banded it around and reassembled the box.Now we’re on to collecting ideas. Sometimes the kids sketch out their ideas and sometimes I add an idea. If I see a fun idea on a blog, I save the entire project as a PDF but print a small picture to remind us of the project, and into the idea box it goes! The real trick, I think, will be creating some down time to really enjoy the projects together.
I’ve thrown together a new gift guides page, incase you’re like me and like to see as many ideas as possible in one glance.