One week left 'til school starts!  Wooo hooo!  I get the feeling that the kids aren't as happy about this as I am.  The girl one especially.  So to make her feel a little better, I made her some pencil toppers.

A really good way to keep your kids busy and out of your way for a while is to pull out the most basic combination of craft items.  When you have a complicated project for them to do, they're going to need your help and depending on the materials, they may also require constant supervision.   Whether it's to get some housework done, or just to freaking relax for a little while, every now and then it's nice to have them entertain themselves.  A craft they can do themselves is the best way if what you need is for them to leave you alone for a bit.  It will keep them busy enough that they're not going to think to fight over some toy and make you play referee or whine that they're bored. 

A go-to project for us is Pipe Cleaner Jewelry.  All you need is pipe cleaners and beads.  Make sure the beads are large enough so that they can easily pick them up without sending them flying everywhere.  Big colourful beads can easily be spotted if they fall on the ground and are easy clean-up for little ones if they do.    And if your little one is a REALLY little one, make sure they're past the point of putting everything in their mouth and that they know that beads aren't candy.