So if you're anything like me, you're trying your damnedest to find something for your kids to do so that they don't kill each other over summer vacation. And that "something" would preferably be an activity that keeps 'em occupied for a long stretch of time, perhaps even long enough for Mama to have a well-deserved glass of wine and maybe even *gasp* take a pee in private. Well, I may have just the solution for you, and it involves stuff that's very likely just collecting dust in your basement or your garage.
To give credit where credit is due, the idea presented itself to me when I took the kids to the children's museum down in Indiana one summer while visiting the grandparents. One particular room in the museum had a few old typewriters sitting on a table with some pliers and screwdrivers. Kids were encouraged to use the tools to disassemble the typewriters and see just what was on the inside. My curious little cronies jumped at this chance and practically had to be dragged away after nearly an hour of discovery. Cause really, what kid doesn't like to take shit apart??!!
When we returned to the grandparents' house later that afternoon, I realized that we'd just uncovered an incredible little gem here. Why not have the kids disassemble an old VCR that had been lying in the attic forever??!! So we set the kids up on an old beach towel and let 'em go to frickin' town with a set of tools. They totally and completely gutted the entire thing. I kid you not, they didn't look up for almost two whole hours! Uh........can you say JACKPOT?!
So it's kind of become a tradition when we go to Grammy's now to find some old thing or another to rip apart. Here's their latest project -- an old computer keyboard:
And an added bonus is that I feel like it's somewhat educational since they're seeing firsthand how something is actually built. (Which totally helps me better enjoy my glass of Chardonnay, by the way.) Now granted, it can be a bit messy, so make sure you're prepared to have the shorties scrub-a-dub-dub afterwards. But seriously, take my word for it -- you'll be thanking me the next rainy day when you're two steps away from shoving chopsticks in your eyeballs....