Before we get to the Boredom Busters for Kids, can I just SAY!? Oh my word, summertime is HARD.
WHY is that SO!?
My kids are used to being “entertained” for hours on end. (Of course, I use that term pretty loosely. We love learning in this house, so 7 hours of school is a #win in my book.)
…but Mommy is not as fun as school. Mommy does not have endless craft projects or recess time. Mommy is nowhere near as exciting as tablemates and kindergarten friends. Mommy is just mommy – only good for snuggles, snacks, and reminders to practice your piano.
Ugh. My kids are so bored.
Even the folks over at Your Modern Family understand the Summer Boredom Blues.
Now, let me tell you something. This boredom does not come from lack of trying on my part.
I might not have the same resources as the school, but I have been putting my best foot forward. Each morning, we have scheduled an adventure of some kind. We have explored the town and gotten our wiggles out. We have read dozens of books and played in the pool. We have even made gummy bears and gone to Disney World!
So, when my kids come at me by mid-afternoon to say, “I’m bored”, my response isn’t always the sweetest. You feel me!?
This idea came to me like a flash in the night – and, boom! I ran with it: boredom busters for kids!
The premise is simple:
I think the best way to come at this is to include activities that are readily available at your home that your child always forgets. Rack your brain for those bored jar ideas! For example, playing charades is probably the MOST fun a kid can have (am I right?). My kids would never think of this game on their own, but if they pull the stick from the jar, they’ve got a great reminder of an awesome activity that truly costs NOTHING.
I also included some chores/clean-up activities on our sticks, so it’s a bit like Russian Roulette for my two. (Ha!) Do as you wish in your own home.
I should also mention that we have a few rules with the Boredom Buster jar that must be followed:
…and that’s really it. Easy peasy. Boredom busting fun.
My oldest is a huge fan, my youngest doesn’t fully understand the concept. But all in all, it has cut down our “I’m bored” statements a BUNCH – and, hey!, that was the goal!
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Katie Johansen is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with her M.A.Ed in Children’s Literature. She spent 6 years as an elementary school teacher in South Florida before transitioning to stay-at-home #momlife. Now, it’s all things PB&J – with an extra large cup of coffee on the side.