It’s Summer-time, and though the living may be easy, no school and longer days can lead to bored kiddoes at home. During the Summer months, it’s often too hot for outdoor play. Here are a few ideas for making your own fun for every day of the week. There’s also five boredom busters you can try with your little ones. Get creative and enjoy some quality time with the family.
Summer Boredom Busters for Every Day of the Week:
Make Something Monday – Arts and crafts
• Craft Kits
• DIY Projects
• Art work
Tasty Tuesday – Kids in the kitchen
• Menu planning
Wet-n-Wild Wednesday – Don’t forget suncreen
• Neighborhood pool
• Backyard sprinkler
• Water-gun fight
• Slip n’ slide
Thinking Thursday – Feed your brain
• Reading Time
• Science Experiments
• Educational Games
Somewhere Fun Fridays – Get out of the house
• Visit the park
• Go to the beach
• See a movie
Pick your own berries
Take a short road trip to Simonton and pick your own blueberries, strawberries and blackberries at Blessington Farms. There’s no entry fee, you just pay by the pound for the berries you pick. There’s also a hay maze, wagon rides, a playground, animals and fishing. They will be closed if the weather is bad so call the hotline at 832-444-8717 or check blessingtonfarms.com.
Board games are a great way for family and friends to connect. Start a new tradition by having a weekly game night.
For a fun twist, why not make your own game? Draw a game board onto a sheet of thick cardstock or poster board, cut out cards from construction paper, and borrow dice or a spinner from another game. Let the kids chose a theme, like sports or animals, or make the rules as random and silly as you like. Create game pieces from clay or find small objects like buttons or beads. Then, invite friends over to play.
Scavenger Hunt/Treasure Hunt
Make your own Treasure Hunt by hiding clues, notes and maps around the house and yard, with each one leading to the next. You could even coordinate with neighbors and have the hunt continue up and down the street.
For a Scavenger Hunt, list 20 – 25 items kids can find around the house or neighborhood and set a time limit. About an hour is good. If they have a mobile phone your scavenger hunt can include pictures of potted plants or squirrels. Other items for your list might be a polka dotted sock, a princess tiara or a purple hot wheels car. Be sure to supervise any searches through the neighborhood. The child or team with the most items after the time limit wins. The treasure or prize for winners can be anything from a homemade award certificate to a brand new toy. Winners can then have the honor of putting together the next hunt.
An excellent way to combat boredom is by giving back to your community and instilling a sense of purpose for your children. There are volunteer opportunities for kids at every age. Check out volunteermatch.org.
Or, create your own service project. Collect canned goods or toiletries for the Katy Christian Ministries Food Pantry or check with your area Church for ways you can help.
Put on a Play
Write and perform your own play/movie
This project can provide days, even weeks of fun. Let the kids get creative by putting together a story-line, assigning parts, making costumes and designing sets. It can be as simple or as elaborate as you like. On the day of the big performance, invite friends over and don’t forget to film the proceedings.
If your children are old enough to use the video camera themselves, they can make a movie on their own. Perhaps a documentary on the family pet or an action packed outdoor adventure.