The word summer can have two completely different meanings for kids and adults. To kids it’s all about that precious time they can do what they want without set school schedules, set bedtimes and, most of all, regular school work.
To us parents, it can seem like an endless time of trying to keep your kids occupied—without allowing them to veg in front of the television and video games all day.
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Summer Boredom Box
We, on the other hand, want them to have fun and create great summer memories, but, as a seasoned mom, we also know that a complete lack of structure can lead to several choruses of. “I’m bored.” throughout the day.
Of course, there are the usual summer activities that include spending days at the beach, taking walks and bike rides, or playing in the backyard. We all need to have a bit of structure and routine.
And, it may not sound too hard, but when you have a houseful of kids who are sooooo bored all day, every day, you’ll want to have a bunch of fun, interesting activities for kids handy to help you keep your sanity.
One easy option is to have a box, notebook or bulletin board full of ideas so that when you hear the dreaded words, “I’m bored,” you can quickly help them find something to do without much thought.
Here are some hints to help you get started with your Summer Boredom Box:
- Figure out where you are going to keep your boredom box so the kids can easily access it. For example, a fun storage bin with a lid.
- Encourage your kids to add activities they want to do to the box as well.
- Peruse Pinterest, websites and books to find ideas to add to your box.
- Make sure you keep a bunch of supplies around to do the activities you have inside.
Start your boredom box with these ideas:
Spur of the Moment Games
- Look around the house to find an object that starts with each letter of the alphabet.
- Write add-a-sentence stories or finish the drawing pictures.
- Create a treasure hunt for each other.
- Have a paper airplane contest. See who can make the biggest, smallest, and furthest flying planes.
- Go on a rock hunt. Look for different sizes, colors and shapes.
- Play kickball but change one rule to spice it up a bit.
- Create shadow art on the driveway. Have one person make neat shadows while another one traces them with chalk. Move away and then color them in or add more details.
- Rely on some old favorites: hopscotch and double-dutch jump rope.
- Set up a mini Family Field Day or obstacle course.
Arts and Crafts
There are so many things you can do to create a fun arts and crafts area for your kids. Here are some staple supplies you should always keep on hand:
- Plenty of paper, crayons, markers and colored pencils
- A box full of collage items (stray buttons, leaves, scrap papers, glitter, wooden craft sticks, stickers, and any other small items you might find around the house)
- Modeling clay
Let your kids use their imaginations when it comes to creating.
It doesn’t matter if you and your kids like sports, academics or arts and crafts. Whatever your interests are, you can easily help them have an exciting summer by taking a little time to create a Summer Boredom Box.