The summer vacation from school is not far away now, and with such a long time away from the classroom, it’s no wonder that, on occasion, your children are going to say they’re bored. Being bored is not necessarily a bad thing; it can help foster a great sense of independence and imagination. However, stimulation for the mind is also good, and it’s important for parents to strike the right balance between the two. Here are some ways to do it.
Build A Movie Fort
Watching movies is fine, and it will relieve the boredom at least temporarily, but why not make it more fun and a longer experience by including other activities? One that is always a lot of fun is fort building. It doesn’t take much to do it – just a blanket or bedsheet, some furniture to drape it over, and some cushions to sit on.
Once the main structure is made, the children can decorate it and add other comforts. You can make snacks and all snuggle in together to watch a movie from the fort; it makes it a much more memorable experience.
Use The Yard
If you have a yard, then it is important to use it, even if the weather isn’t great. Being outside and breathing in fresh air is good for you and your children, and it’s an enjoyable kind of exercise when you are all running around playing chase or football or simply dashing about due to a game of imagination.
You can even increase the fun in a number of ways. Look at water slide rental, for example. You can rent a huge water slide for the backyard and the kids (and their friends) will be out there for hours and hours. Or what about camping out overnight in the safety of your own yard? Build a campfire and toast marshmallows for the authentic experience.
Re-organize Their Bedroom
If it’s time that your children’s bedrooms were re-organized, the summer vacation is the ideal time to do it. It may not sound like a lot of fun, but once they get started, they’ll feel like they’re achieving something and continue quickly.
Sort out old toys and clothes that can go to Goodwill or be sold on eBay or at a garage sale to start with. Then, when you’re left with what they want to keep, think about whether or not the furniture could be arranged better. There might be a different way to organize the room to give them more space.
Baking is always a great way to pass the time, and as a bonus, you will create something delicious to eat by the end of it. Baking will be messy, so be prepared for that and ensure that everyone has an apron or at least is wearing old clothes. Let them know from the start as well that you’re expecting them to help with clean up at the end.
Although messy, baking is also full of joy and laughter, and it can be a great bonding experience to bake a cake or cookies or anything else that takes your fancy.