The groans of "I'm bored!" uttered from the lips of your kids.
At my house, this is often followed up with, "All I want to do is play video games or watch TV."
Oh man, the pull of the TV or video games and the seemingly quick and easy fix for my bored children. They're happy and I can get some work done! But I've read the research on the effects of TV and video games. I've seen how too much TV and video games effects kids, and I want more for my kids!
So, what's a mother to do with her bored kids?
One of the things we will be doing at my house this week is brainstorming things to fill our "Summer Fun Jar."
One jar will be filled with things we will do as a family. Here are some of our ideas:
- Go to the park and play on the splash pad
- Visit the Farmer's Market
- Pick berries and make something special with them
- Go to the beach
- Visit the zoo or local science museum
- Attend a concert in the park
- Visit the library and participate in the summer reading program
The other jar will be filled with things the boys can do at home. Here are some of our ideas for this jar:
- Build you own creation with Legos®
- Make something out of the Amazon boxes that are pilling up in the garage
- Paint something
- Go create something new in the gravel pit
- Organize your Legos®
- Kid's Restaurant for Lunch - Have them make a menu, set-up the eating area, and cook lunch for you.
- Read books - even non-readers benefit from looking at the pictures
The idea behind the jars is that when boredom hits, my kids have a place to go to get the creative juices flowing when deciding what to do. When a day finds all of us with few plans, we can go to the family jar, draw out 2 or 3 ideas and pick from those. Maybe we will do exactly what's on the paper. Maybe the idea on the paper will spark a new idea. The boys' jar becomes a place they can go to get ideas when we are at home and the boredom blues hit. Must making the jar gets the creative juices flowing for all of us!
What practical things do you do as a family to embrace the gift of boredom? Feel free to share your ideas, thoughts and comments below. I'll be sharing your ideas and others on Foundations Parent and Life Coaching's Facebook Page. Like Foundations PLC to get more summer time boredom buster ideas all summer long!
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