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Just Sit Still: 20+ activities for helping a child to sit still during recovery – Blogging Through The Alphabet

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“Just sit still and do something.” – I have said that so many times in the past few days. One of the girls had a minor surgery this week and needs to take it easy for about 3 weeks. She doesn’t want to. In fact, she doesn’t even know how to slow down, let alone do nothing active for 3 weeks! In a single day, she has gone through everything special we have for her to do – books, movies, math games, board games, clay projects, rubber band projects, more books, more clay, creating doll clothing, computer games. And she is bored. So what now?

Take to social media, of course. Ask your friends what to do and get some really good responses! So, I thought I would share their ideas here since I know that we all have times when we need the kiddos to sit still for a while. Sometimes, they have to be still for a longer time.

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Some of these ideas are fantastic and we will probably implement. Some don’t apply since she already does them and/or she can’t stand or sit comfortably for any period of time. Restlessness is the name of the game for us right now and we are trying to beat it.

  • Learn cursive
  • Learn to type
  • Sewing
  • Needlework – cross stitch, crochet, knitting, embroidery
  • Puzzles – 1,000 pieces were suggested, wonder if that would keep her busy long?
  • Make paper dolls
  • Origami
  • Writing – a story, letters to nursing homes or deployed soldiers, an autobiography
  • Bakingj just sit still doll outfit
  • Lego challenges
  • Menu planning
  • Card games
  • Dice games
  • Learn/work on a foreign language
  • Friendship bracelets
  • Latch hook
  • Logic puzzles
  • Solar system model
  • Read books
  • Learn jokes
  • Do mazes
  • Design doll clothing and accessories
  • Write poetry
  • Color
  • Clay projects
  • Do anything with craft materials – make a raft with popsicle sticks, create thank you cards with glitter glue, do an art project with markers or paints

These are most of the ideas of things the giggly girl has done or someone suggested. We have been grateful for all the prayers and the cards and activity gifts send her way. It had made such a wonderful difference for her. There really is nothing quite like those who stop by and let their kiddos chat after Wednesday church, bring a bag of clay and glitter glue and stickers, drop off rubber band activities, or mail a fun little clutch bag to color. Add to that the wonderful cards received from friends and church family alike and we feel so amazingly blessed.

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Thank you to everyone who contributed, whether it be one of the specific things I named above or for ideas for helping keep her mind occupied while her body heals. You all are blessings.

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Origami Paper Dolls

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As Miss L continues in her exploration of all things Asian, especially with an origin in China, she has experienced some new and different things. Recently, she was given this origami kit and she LOVES it.

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She works diligently on each paper doll until she has folded and fitted and decorated each doll just right.

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The results are stunning and absolutely beautiful.

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Simple Guitars for Your American Girl Dolls

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Miss J loves projects. She saw a picture a while back of some American Girl guitars so she wanted to make them. This afternoon, we did just that. Took us all of about 15 minutes to produce two simple guitars that she will endlessly enjoy using with her dolls.

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Process:

  • Open Google and type in “acoustic guitar black line coloring page” or  “electric guitar black line coloring page”
  • Find an image you like and save it
  • Print it at as full a size on a page of white card stock as will fit
  • Color and cut out. You could add glitter or some other glitzy stuff here but Miss J wanted hers just colored.
  • Find a ribbon and tape it on the back at the places where it will hold correctly on the doll – somewhere at the back of the body of the guitar and somewhere close to the end of the neck.
  • Sling it onto the doll and put on some music so she can perform.

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Simple. That is all there is to it. Enjoy!

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Gifts to Create

There is a very sweet lady at church who often thinks of things for the giggly girls. This week, she gave them two different kits for creating bracelets. They were perfect and we spent yesterday afternoon creating with them.
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One is a kit to create jeweled bracelets. It taught the girls the basics of how to design and sew in beads on leather straps. Miss J and Miss E started it and Miss J finished it. They didn’t cut it quite long enough so it ended up being a lovely bracelet for a doll.

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The other is a machine to create twisted bracelets from embroidery thread. It was a simple process to learn how to use it and it made beautiful bracelets. Here are two that were made.

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Fun, simple crafts that grew out of the generosity and thoughtfulness of a friend. Thank you!

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Christmas Tree Craft Kit

I don’t know about your kiddos but the giggly girls LOVE to do shrinky-dinks. We laugh and enjoy the time making them and have fun watching them shrink in the oven.
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A few days ago, we were in a store and found this craft kit to make a Christmas tree with shrinky-dink ornaments. We pulled it out this morning and colored and baked the ornaments. Then we decorated the tree and hung them. Our first tree is officially up. Well, we are still waiting for the painting on the tree skirt to dry but the tree is up!

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Isn’t it fun?!?!

Hope you have lots of joy this holiday season.

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Happy Halloween

 

Happy Halloween to everyone. Yes, we enjoy dressing up and having fun. We spend time with friends and family. We play games. We enjoy just being who we are (or maybe who we are dressed up as).

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We don’t worry about the implied connotations that others try to place on this day. We don’t stress about what others may think we are condoning or approving by dressing up as fun characters and sharing the day with others. We celebrate being alive another day and living the life God gave us.

We dress up for dance classes. We dress up for trunk-or-treat at church. We dress up because it is fun. We dress us because we like to see how well we can make our costumes. We just enjoy having fun. Be like a kid and just enjoy life.

And, since this is Monday, I’m tying it into my common Middle School Monday post. These costumes are almost completely made by the girls. Miss E did the sewing for her minion outfit using fabric we had in our stash. We did buy the yellow shirt but everything else came from the house. Miss L was given the butterfly wings for her costume. Everything else she put together from her closet. Well, except for the antennae headband. We didn’t have a dark headband or black pipe cleaners so we did buy those so she could make antennae. Miss J is Astrid from Race to the Edge. She cut out all the pieces for her costume and she sewed the skirt. I did the hot gluing for the studs on it, which we bought. She made the shoulder covers and the necklace. Her sister made her the ax. We did have to buy the shoes but she was due for some new ones anyway that would keep her feet warm so it fit right in. And there you have it – the costumes the giggly girls made for having fun.

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Needle Work is Finished – Middle School Monday

She did it! She finished her cross stitch and decided to gift it to her best friend for a birthday gift. She finished the stitching and then chose fabric to turn it into a pillow. She cut and sewed the pillow herself and it turned out really sweet.

The finished product:

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