First of all, remember that boredom is a good thing. It gives our kids a chance to entertain themselves. It lets them keep themselves busy. It gives them a chance to use their imaginations.
However… sometimes you might want to help them find ways to entertain themselves, so here is what we suggest:
- Create a schedule for the summer. This way the kids will know that at 9am they work on schoolwork or at 10am they will be going to the park, etc.
- Put together a Boredom Jar.
- Remind them of 5 fun toys they have and send them on their way. Within ten minutes, they are busy playing.
- Keep screens to a limit. Screen time is good but can be overused. Set specific times during the day for the screen or use the “No Screentime Until Printable”
- Make a summer bucket list together and work on crossing off one activity a week or day.
- Have themed days like Make it Monday and Trip Tuesday. This can help the kids look forward to specific days.
- Help your child find a hobby they are passionate about and can focus on.
- Set up a time of the day for reading.
- Visit the library to get books your child is interested in.
- Give them chores. When my kids cannot seem to occupy themselves, they pick a chore from the chore basket.
- Start a family summer project. Could you all start a garden or work together on something? Find a project everyone can focus on.
- Let them look up forts & then let them build one.
- Play Cake Wars
- Get out a sprinkler. This keeps our kids busy for hours.
- Go to a movie. Most towns have cheap “kid flicks” in the summer, so for $3 you can watch a movie complete with popcorn & a drink. Search your local town’s Facebook page to find cheap movies near you.