projects revisited: an idea jar

IMG_1332 This is the time of year when everyone is getting a bit antsy indoors, ready to be running free outdoors.  I love creating and filling an idea jar for these times.  When we are needing to change things up a bit, one lucky girl gets to choose something from the idea jar.

I love having everyone one contribute ideas to the jar.  That way, the activities listed in the jar are things that excite the whole group.  We plan a family night and brainstorm and then write down all of our ideas on slips of paper.  There you have it: an idea jar.

Here are some of the highlights from the jar over the years:

  • Set up a grocery store
  • Have a concert in the backyard
  • Embroider
  • Make a movie
  • Act out Toy Story, costumes optional
  • Make a sketchbook
  • Build a fort
  • Have family drawing time
  • Make up stories on the felt board
  • Plan a campout in the backyard
  • Write a thank you to someone
  • Play doctor
  • Do show makeup for a show
  • Make a hacky sack
  • Make art only using nature
  • Play hair salon
  • SWIM!
  • Sew a doll
  • Bake something to give away
  • Draw and label a U.S. map
  • Make stationary
  • Read a chapter book together
  • Make something for a friend and sent it
  • Make a collage from magazine clippings
  • Play leap frog
  • Start a band
  • Have a scavenger hunt
  • Write a story
  • Read in the grass
  • “Paint” with water outside
  • Have a tea party
  • Play dress up
  • Learn about a country
  • Go for a walk
  • Do finger paints
  • Take pictures and use to tell a story

Try it out!  It really is thrilling for one of my children to get to pick out of the jar.  And even more thrilling to do something spontaneous.

Happy weekend  to you all!  We've looking forward to having visitors (my sidekick photographer from recently and husband) stay over the weekend.  I love visitors.  I love the company and how it compels me to seriously straighten up the basement.

the sleepy time gal