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It’s that time of year again. You know, that time when parents have an endless supply of Kleenex in every pocket available, running after their perpetually snotty children. Yay, cold and flu season! <sarcasm>
There are tons of wonderful websites out there to help you combat the season’s sniffles but what’s a parent to do on that dreaded day when everyone has to call in sick? They’re in no mood to play outside and you’ve exhausted every children’s show on Netflix.
Benny the Boredom Buster to the rescue! You get to use up some of those Kleenex boxes in your recycle bin and they get to reach inside of a monster’s mouth. Total win/win. (Use this $1 off coupon from Target to stock up on Kleenex!) You might just survive this day with your sanity in tact!
Benny the Boredom Buster
- Kleenex box (empty)
- Fabric or Fake Fur
- 3 Ping Pong Balls (or recycled lids)
- Paint Pen
- White Craft Foam
- Glue Gun
1. Gather supplies. Remember that these are just suggestions. You can use anything you have around the house to make this. Those old faux fur leg warmers you use to wear to the club? A worthy sacrifice for 10 minutes of peace!
2. Cut two pieces of the fabric to cover the ends. Use the hot glue to adhere in place. Careful! Your hands are full enough without having to worry about hot glue burns! Repeat on the other side.
3. Cut a piece of fabric that can wrap around the entire length of the box. Don’t worry about covering the mouth, we’ll get to that in the next step!
4. Make sure glue is completely dried and cut a slit in the fabric the length of the opening. Cut some teeth out of the craft foam and glue underneath the top “lip.” Fold the fabric lip back slightly and glue in place.
5. Draw some spooky monster eyes on your ping pong balls with the paint pen and…..
6. Benny the Boredom Buster is ready to eat! Find a few items around the house and place them in Benny’s mouth without your child seeing what they are. Tell them that Benny is a monster that ate things he shouldn’t have and ask them if they can reach in and figure out what he ate.
Not only is this a great way to banish those sick day blah’s but you’re also working on sensory perception, hand/eye coordination, and verbal skills. Awesome, right? You are so going to rock the next sick day!
My 2 and a half (he would insist that I mention he’s 2 AND A HALF) was thrilled to reach inside of Benny’s mouth and eventually scolded him for eating a spoon. That’s pretty ironic coming from a kid who ate a penny the other day.
Hope Benny helps on your next sick day! Don’t worry, you’re not alone, we all feel your pain and hope you all feel better real soon!