You pay for expensive summer camps, go on nice vacations, and have what seems like an endless supply of things to do around the house for your kids, but inevitably they say, “Mom, I’m bored!” You need a list of things to do when bored!
Things to Do When Bored
The summer months can seem like never-ending days when your kids are bored. They’ve watched every show, been playing outside, bored with their video games (is that even possible?), and just don’t know what to do!
Looking for things to do in the summer? Let’s get creative! There are a lot of fun things to do in summer that your kids will love and it will keep them from getting bored!
Here are some tips and tricks to do when bored:
Develop a Routine
Kids thrive on routine and schedules. Sometimes the lack of structure in the summertime can rweak havoc on your family. Set up a schedule, and stick to it in the summer.
Develop a Summer Bucket List
We got this idea from the Mom Creative — create a summer bucket list with all that you want to do together as a family. This is so helpful to make the summer meaningful and not just something you wish away. Put together a list of fun things to do in summer. You can also have individual children create lists of their own with things they want to accomplish: read so many books, save enough money to buy something, have a sleepover, go to camp, etc.
Have Them Earn Money
Develop a lemonade stand, have a garage sale, sell their art … help them become entrepreneurs and save money for a project, family vacation, or something they really want to buy. With a goal, they’ll have motivation to do all that’s needed to make the sale and earn money. Earning money is a great thing to do in summer since kids typically have more free time.
Help Them Do Good
Inspire your kids with the story of this young girl who started a lemonade stand to help foster children!
Boredom Can Be Good
Today parenting contributors came up with 39 reasons why summer boredom can be good!
And, if these don’t work, CafeMom came up with a good list of 19 comebacks!
Hit the Beach
My absolute favorite thing to do in summer is to hit the beach! If you live close to the beach – use it as a tool! Kids love the sand and waves and how can you get bored at the beach? If you’re not near the beach, how about a lake day? Still nothing? Go to the pool? And, be sure to keep cool with this beach umbrella.