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Painting or drawing pictures with the kids is a great rainy day or after-school activity. It's low key enough not to start an argument between siblings, but entertaining enough to last at least one hour. Lay out different tools, like crayons, markers and finger paints, so everyone can pick and choose what they want.
Once the pictures are done, hang 'em with dental floss. Apply craft glue to attach the floss to the back of the paper, or punch a small hole in the artwork and thread the floss through. Make sure to tie the knot tight or double knot it for extra security.
Adapted from "Amazing Uses for Household Products: Toothpaste" © 2009 Publications International, Ltd.
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