Summer is a fun time for most people, young and old. Kids look forward to this time of year most as they are out of school and they get to relax. They might get to sleep in later and stay up later at night. They probably get more free time and no homework. This is a fun time. However, every parent knows the inevitable boredom that will come.
Here are four summer boredom busters that can help prevent this common issue:
Give them chores – Seriously, it’s not meant to be a punishment. Assigning them chores when they are bored will also teach them responsibility. It gets things done that are going to need done and it keeps bored kids busy. Of course, the chore assigned should be age appropriate and if you can make it fun or into a game, the "complaining" will be a minimum.
Redecorate or redesign – Are there places in your home that you can redecorate or redesign? Could your kids do something different in their room? This is a great way to do a little summer redesign and also keep boredom at bay. It's also more received when it's the kids "idea" rather than the parents.
For our craft we decided to make different sized tutu balls to hang from the ceiling. They were very inexpensive, quick, and easy to make!
Arts and crafts – There are projects that work for any age group and this can be a great deal of fun to pass time in the summer months. You can look up arts and crafts online and print them so you always have fresh ideas ready if someone says they are bored.
We came up with the idea of doing a craft for someone else. The boys decided they wanted to make pictures for their sister. Since the sweetness doesn't come around that often, I framed and hung them up in her room. Now she has adorable keepsakes from her big brothers.
Get cooking – You have to eat, right? Cooking together is a great way to prevent boredom and if your child is old enough, you can also teach him/her things to make on their own. Maybe have a bake sale, a cooking contest or another way to make it fun and interactive.
I subscribe to Blue Apron and they've recently started a Kid's Cooking Camp which helps gets kids involved.
Now that you have these ideas for summer boredom busters, you can be prepared the next time your kids start to complain that they don’t know what to do with all this free time they have been given.
Have more boredom buster ideas? Leave a comment letting me know because I'm ALWAYS looking for more ideas!