Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Boredom Busters for the summer

I can already hear my kids saying "I'm bored". TV seems to be the answer for them all summer long.  But TV isn't the answer mom wants. I asked my kids the other day what they wanted to do this summer.  We put some ideas on colored paper and in a jar.  Not to exciting but my style (SIMPLE) for this kinda project.  You could do a cute label for the jar out of vinyl.
 Heres my kids's list:
  Lagoon
Camping
Swimming
Roller Skating
Library Summer Reading Program
Kung Fu Panda2 at the Drive-In
Bike Rides
Get a couple kittens


After we came up with a list I knew it wasn't long enough I started searching the web.  Here's some great ideas I have come across:

Happy Campers Game:  These games are great to play in your own backyard day or night with a group.   

Travel Games:  One summer I spent hours gathering ideas for a long car trip for my children.  This is only one of many examples.  We used an entire roll of ALUMINUM FOIL that trip.  My children created all sorts of things with it.  We had stickers and pipe cleaner to add to the creations.  


These ideas came from a great blog called HomeSpun Threads with tutorials and crafts for alot of kid fun.


For those of you who are super crafty you could try this approach to bordem ideas. She has some DARLING ideas.  It's a free printable with cute pictures on them from A to Z.

My next list came from Simple Mom.  She decided to ask other moms and they came up with this list of over 200 ideas.

Our idea with the jar is to have the kids each draw out a paper and then we decide which idea they want to do, either as a group or individually. By narrowing the choices down to just two or three, it was easier for the kids to pick out the one that sounds the best to them.  Or you can do all of them. 
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200+ Ideas for Summertime Activities
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In no particular order, here’s our current (but continually growing!) list of activities: 

  • ride bikes
  • roller blade
  • basketball
  • play board games
  • make a tent out of blankets
  • squirt with hoses
  • run through the sprinkler
  • jump rope
  • read books
  • blow bubbles
  • make homemade play dough
  • play with play dough
  • press flowers
  • do crafts with pressed flowers
  • write a letter to a relative, friend or pen pal
  • clean bedroom
  • vacuum living room
  • clean bathroom
  • make a craft
  • draw
  • color
  • paint
  • pull weeds
  • watch a movie
  • write stories
  • use binoculars
  • use magnifying glass
  • use microscope
  • bird watching
  • write a play
  • act out a play
  • invent circus acts
  • perform a circus
  • play card games
  • make art on the front walkway with sidewalk chalk
  • play catch
  • play baseball
  • collect rocks
  • collect leaves
  • collect feathers
  • play Frisbee
  • make Frisbee’s out of old plastic lids, decorate with markers
  • dust the house
  • brush the pet
  • write letters
  • read a magazine
  • play dress-up
  • play Cowboys
  • pick vegetables
  • play outside with the pet
  • build a fort in your rooms
  • build a fort in the backyard
  • do a jigsaw puzzle
  • play on the Geosafari
  • play on the computer
  • listen to a story or book on tape
  • do extra schoolwork to get ahead
  • do brain teasers (ie: crosswords, word searches, hidden pictures, mazes, etc.)
  • cook
  • prepare lunch
  • surprise a neighbor with a good deed
  • play store
  • prepare a “restaurant” lunch with menus
  • hold a tea party
  • have a Teddy bear picnic
  • play with toy cars
  • play dolls
  • play house
  • chase butterflies
  • collect caterpillars and bugs
  • plant a garden or a pot
  • collect seeds
  • hunt for four-leaf clovers
  • learn magic tricks
  • put on a magic show
  • plant a container garden
  • sprout seeds or beans
  • make sock puppets
  • put on a puppet show
  • make Christmas presents
  • make homemade wrapping paper
  • make homemade gift cards
  • make picture frames from twigs glued onto sturdy cardboard
  • crochet or knit
  • make doll clothes
  • sew buttons in designs on old shirts
  • run relay races
  • make bookmarks
  • take a quiet rest time
  • take a shower or bath
  • bathe a pet
  • feed the birds or squirrels
  • watch the clouds
  • organize a dresser drawer
  • clean under the bed
  • empty dishwasher
  • vacuum under the couch cushions and keep any change found
  • write these ideas on pieces of paper and pick out one or two to do
  • whittle
  • whittle bars of soap
  • practice musical instruments
  • perform a family concert
  • teach yourself to play musical instrument (recorder, harmonica, guitar)
  • fold laundry
  • sweep kitchen or bathroom floors
  • sweep front walkway
  • sweep or spray back patio
  • sweep or spray driveway
  • wash car
  • vacuum car
  • vacuum or dust window blinds
  • clean bathroom mirrors
  • clean sliding glass doors
  • clean inside of car windows
  • wash bicycles
  • clean garage
  • play in the sandbox
  • build a sandcastle
  • work with clay
  • copy your favorite book illustration
  • design your own game
  • build with blocks or Legos
  • create a design box (copper wire, string, odds-and-ends of things destined for the garbage, pom-poms, thread, yarn, etc.)
  • plan a neighborhood or family Olympics
  • have a marble tournament
  • paint a picture with lemon juice on white paper and hang it in a sunny window and see what happens in a few days
  • finger paint with pudding
  • make dessert
  • make dinner
  • give your pet a party
  • paint the sidewalk with water
  • start a journal of summer fun
  • start a nature diary
  • have a read-a-thon with a friend or sibling
  • have a neighborhood bike wash
  • play flashlight tag
  • play Kick the Can
  • check out a science book and try some experiments
  • make up a story
  • arrange photo albums
  • find bugs and start a collection
  • do some stargazing
  • decorate bikes or wagons and have a neighborhood parade
  • catch butterflies and then let them go
  • play hide-and-seek
  • create a symphony with bottles and pans and rubber bands
  • listen to the birds sing
  • try to imitate bird calls
  • read a story to a younger child
  • find shapes in the clouds
  • string dry noodles or O-shaped cereals into a necklace
  • glue noodles into a design on paper
  • play hopscotch
  • play jacks
  • make up a song
  • make a teepee out of blankets
  • write in your journal
  • find an ant colony and spill some food and watch what happens
  • play charades
  • make up a story by drawing pictures
  • draw a cartoon strip
  • make a map of your bedroom, house or neighborhood
  • call a friend
  • cut pictures from old magazines and write a story
  • make a collage using pictures cut from old magazines
  • do a secret service for a neighbor
  • plan a treasure hunt
  • make a treasure map
  • make up a “Bored List” of things to do
  • plan a special activity for your family
  • search your house for items made in other countries and then learn about those countries from the encyclopedia or online
  • plan an imaginary trip to the moon
  • plan an imaginary trip around the world, where would you want to go
  • write a science-fiction story
  • find a new pen pal
  • make up a play using old clothes as costumes
  • make up a game for practicing math facts
  • have a Spelling Bee
  • make up a game for practicing spelling
  • surprise an elderly neighbor or relative by weeding his/her garden
  • fingerpaint with shaving cream
  • collect sticks and mud and build a bird’s nest
  • write newspaper articles for a pretend newspaper
  • put together a family newsletter
  • write reviews of movies or plays or TV shows or concerts you see during the summer
  • bake a cake
  • bake a batch of cookies
  • decorate a shoe box to hold your summer treasures
  • make a hideout or clubhouse
  • make paper airplanes
  • have paper airplane races
  • learn origami
  • make an obstacle course in your backyard
  • make friendship bracelets for your friends
  • make a wind chime out of things headed for the garbage
  • paint your face
  • braid hair
  • play tag
  • make a sundial
  • make food sculptures (from pretzels, gumdrops, string licorice, raisins, cream cheese, peanuts, peanut butter, etc.) and then eat it
  • make a terrarium
  • start a club
  • take a nap outside on your lawn
  • produce a talent show
  • memorize a poem
  • recite a memorized poem for your family



    I WANT TO  HEAR YOUR IDEAS.  I think we need to do this again in the winter.  Idaho has long, windy, cold winters and I could use some boredom busters then. 

1 comment:

Heather said...

Wow, that is quite a list! I will have to use some of those! We're always trying to come up with new things to do :) Thanks for stopping by & commenting on my Umbrella/Parachute post on HowDoesShe :)

~Heather Lynne

 
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