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Summer holiday bored jar printable

summer holiday bored jar Summer holidays – long sunny days full of fun and happiness with none of the dull restrictions of school runs and school rules or long days full of small children telling you how bored they are?

With eight (8!!!) whole weeks of summer ahead and having moved from man marking to zonal defence this summer we have put together a Bored Jar

The idea is really simple printable - if someone says that they are bored then The Jar is brought out.  Eyes closed you can rummage for one piece of paper which has something that you then have to do.  There is one small hitch, not everything in The Jar is something fun – there are chores, tidying up and other nasties as well as fun ideas to keep children busy for half an hour – and the rule is that if you pull out the piece of paper you have to do what that piece says (and you can’t rummage again until you’ve done it)

This link goes to our Summer Holiday Bored jar printable - a few of the things are peculiar to us, for example ringing Mummy at work, but I’ve set it up in word so you can edit happily away (look they are all pretty bright colours!).  I printed two copies, cut them out and folded them and voila!

Here’s hoping for a summer with very few ‘I’m bored mummmmmmmeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee’ moments

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