Well, here are some Easy, Fun and Cheap ideas to chase the blues away and enjoy some quality time with the kids (which won't make you want to tear your hair out - or theirs)
1. Recycle Those Bits of Crayons into Fun New Shapes!
Did you know that you can plant the top of your pineapple, and not only will it grow into a beautiful plant, but it will also eventually produce an actual pineapple?!
3. Make a super fun yummy treat!
Tidymom.net brings us a super simple, very yummy idea for a fun treat the kids can definitely help with!
She presents them as a halloween treat, but I think Smores on a stick could be great for any occasion: Individually wrapped as part as a surprise bag for kids birthday parties, or even for grown ups, since every one loves a Smore, which by the way got it's name from every one tasting it saying "Give me som' more please!" ;) Step by step, easy to follow instructions here!. Email me for my address to send me some by mail after you make them. :)
4. Spend Some Time Learning Different Ways to tie your shoes!
This idea is from Bitrebels.com who describe 17 Creative Ways You Can Tie Your Shoes. I think they would definitely take an interest in this, especially if they could then show off their "cool shoes" to their friends at school! This model may require a lot of help from Mom, but seems great for a younger child for ease of wear, taking some of the "leaving the house burden" off of said Mom.
5. Make Coloured Rice To Use As Sand Art!
MamaLovesHerBargains.com. In her instructions, she uses Colourations Liquid Water Colours, but I would experiment with a small batch with watered down food colouring, as those are $2.99 each and you can purchase an assortment of food colours for about $5. The kids will enjoy playing with it in a plastic container, but you could make a zen garden, or fill a jar as a gift. They could even be glued on to construction paper to make a cool pattern...
As in everything, your only limitation is the stretch of your imagination - Have fun with the kids, and helping them develop their creative sides!