So, how’s it going? Is summer still feeling like fun and frolic time?
Or are you past that now, and deep into sighs, whines, and that dreaded summer song sung by legions of out of school children everywhere?
You know the one, titled “Mommmm, I’m So Bored.”
The chorus is always the same:
There’s nothing, nothing, nothing to do.
And once that annoying little tune starts playing, it tends to play. all. summer. long.
If you let it.
If the usual summertime activities no longer hold their attention, look into those summer sad eyes and bust boredom with these summertime activities that are sure to keep the boredom song from playing on repeat.
9 Summertime Activities
1. Explore the never-ending joys of the cardboard box. ‘don’t know what it is, but several boxes in a variety of sizes (furniture and appliance stores throw out the best) can be forts, cars, or the foundations of cities to design for dolls or destroy monsters like Godzilla.
2. Give permission to get messy-dirty. Like mud pies and wet shoes — black fingernails dirty. Hose them down when they’re done. Childhood should include some unadulterated sloppiness and free play where no one is trying to keep them from making a mess.
3. Institute theme weeks. Make every week for the rest of the summer a creative exercise for the kids to come up with activities that match the themes you come up with together. They won’t even notice they’re actually entertaining themselves!
4. Entertain them by inviting them to entertain you. On a particularly boring morning, give your kids a performance package or “entertainer container” (Really just cute names for a box of potential costumes and props.) Challenge them to make a movie, put on a skit, or produce a talent show for the whole family.
5. Construct a backyard obstacle course. A tree, a few pool noodles, a lawn chair, and many jump ropes mean your kids are good to go. American Ninja style. Conquer the boredom hurdle with a super duper obstacle course for hours of friendly competition and adventure play. Combined with a lawn sprinkler, your course could also be a really cool water game that beats a boring old Slip-and-Slide any day.
6. Teach them their playtime heritage. Techno-babies don’t know what they’re missing. Tell them to gather the neighbor kids for a game they can actually play together. Teach them real summertime games like Red Rover, Mother May I, Simon Says, and kickball. Get them started then leave them to play ‘til dark.
7. Write boredom off. Summer reading is good, you should definitely have the kids do that. But summer writing doesn’t seem to get equal time. Keep skills sharp with simple practice activities throughout the summer. Let little ones write their names in mud pies or shaving cream. Encourage older kids to write actual letters, postcards, or a personal journal.
8. Build character. Summertime activities can teach your kids responsibility and competency with a little chore oriented teamwork. There’s gardening to do, a garage to organize, and cars to wash. Play beat the clock while they pick up toys in the yard.
9. Build a backyard campsite. Encourage kids to gather supplies, set up a backyard site, and gather sticks for roasting marshmallows over the “campfire” ( your BBQ grill). Go on a nature walk around the block. Take a closer look at the insects or wildlife around your home. Set up a tent to sleep in or stargaze for a while on sleeping bags before heading in.
Try a few of these summertime activities soon.
They should help turn down the volume on that boredom song, make more memories, and bring back fun in the sun!