Summer is here and for us parents that means a lot of trying to keep the kids entertained over summer break. No matter how many toys and gadgets they have, kids will inevitably get bored, and anyway us parents want them to experience more of real life than the virtual world like we did when we were kids. So, what’s to do?
Here are some very simple ideas to help you keep your kids’ boredom at bay this summer:
Get Them Gardening
It’s summer – your kids should be outside enjoying nature. You can encourage them to do just that by buying a few basic gardening tools and plants and encouraging them to start growing their own plants, flowers, and even food. If you don’t know how to have fun gardening and simply playing in the garden, see this post for ideas which are both simple and affordable. I guarantee your kids will love doing more in the garden.
Play with Pets
If your kids have pets, chances are that you do the bulk of taking care of them during school time when the kids have school, homework, and chores to contend with. Now that it’s summer and they have more time on their hands encourage them, if they’re old enough and responsible enough, to take on more of the caring duties, such as walking the dog, learning how to groom the cat or cleaning out the hamster’s cage. When they’re done, encourage them to play more with their pets, and they’ll never be bored.
Visit the Library
Long hot summer days are perfect for lounging around with nothing but a good book for company. So, take your kids to the library, give them free reign to choose any books that tickle their fancy (within reason) and whenever they inevitably claim to be bored, direct them to a book. They’ll have so much fun visiting new worlds and learning new words that you won’t have to worry about them for a while.
Encourage them to Volunteer
Volunteering isn’t just something nice that adults do from time to time – it can be great for kids too. When they’re old enough, volunteering at a retirement center, picking up trash in the park or caring for animals at the shelter is a great way for kids to build character, be grateful for what they have and become more rounded, kind individuals. It’ll certainly stop them from being bored too.
Head to the Museum
As you can see at this website, most bigger towns and cities have at least a few free museums and art galleries, which are perfect for taking the kids on a hot summer’s morning when running around in the garden might not be an attractive prospect. Not only will they have fun, but they’ll learn new things and find new interests, which will help them when they go back to school, too.
What do you do to keep your kids happy, productive and entertained during the summer break? Let us know in the comments.