Midday Fix: DIY boredum busters for kids

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Cheryl Leahy, Lifestyle Blogger and Chicago Parent Columnist




Super Sponge Balls

Water balloons can be expensive in bulk and make a huge mess! Try these Super Sponge Balls for re-usable, inexpensive and fun to make.


  • Grab a package of sponges at a discount store
  • Cut the sponges into even strips, about 4 strips per sponge
  • Lay the strips on top of each other, four strips wide and four strips high
  • Cinch together with a rubber band or string
  • Fluff into a ball and soak in water- throw for a fun water ball fight!

Outdoor Wall Art

 Kids love to draw on walls, so why not create an outdoor space designed to do just that? Grab clear shower curtain liner and attach to a fence or wall. Grab a pack of colorful dry erase markers and let them go to town. OR create a bullseye with the markers and use for target practice with your Super Sponge Balls.

Sand Sculptures


Have you ever wanted to keep your sandcastle? With this DIY mix, you can!


  • Mix 1 1/2 cups sand, 1 1/2 cups corn starch, 2 cups baking soda and 1 1/2 cups water in a medium-sized sauce pan (don’t use your best pan because the sand may scratch the bottom! I have a designated “craft pan” that I purchased from a thrift shop)
  • Heat over medium-high heat and continually stir until the mixture thickens, like a thick dough
  • Empty dough onto a baking sheet and allow to cool under a damp dish towel.
  • Once cool, knead until smooth and model your sand clay
  • To keep sand pliable, keep under a damp towel so it doesn’t dry out
  • Bake designs at 100 degrees for 2 hours and allow to cool in the oven before removing


Giant Bubbles

When it comes to bubbles, bigger is always better! Make your own super bubble solution at home and create it in a giant bucket or baby pool.


  • Combine 12 cups water, 1 cup dish soap, 1 cup corn flour and 2 Tbsp. baking powder, stir gently
  • Let mixture sit for at least an hour, then stir gently and start making bubbles!
  • Use a variety of tools for bubble blowing- from a coat hanger bent into a circle to plastic bottles with bottoms cut out.
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