Within days if not hours you start to see the signs- silly squabbles between siblings, whining has kicked up an octave, and the blank stares leave something to admire. Your kids have succumbed to summer boredom. Help them out of their summer rut with these 10 clever ways:
Kids love crafts- boys as well as the girls. Mine love digging through our craft closet and coming up with new creations. However, there are also times when they need new ideas and supplies. Kid craft box subscriptions have really saved the day for us on more than one occasion (especially on those rainy afternoons). The craft boxes contain everything your children will need. I've tried out several subscriptions and love Happy Trunk the most. Happy Trunk gives you multiple crafts per box plus bonus ideas and even include the glue and scissors. AND you can add extra supplies in each box if you have more than one child in mind or try their Science boxes instead. Happy Trunk's customer service is excellent too. I recommend a monthly subscription so there is always something new to do, however, you can also buy one box at a time. You'll also want to check out their party favor boxes perfect for big playdates or a fun summer party.
2. Tour Your Town
Be a tourist in your own town. When was the last time you saw your town's most well-known landmarks? Make room in your calendar to go see them again. Schedule a tour at a fire station or make pizza at your favorite restaurant. You can get a lot of behind the scenes tours for free if you just ask. Next time you are going to see a play, ask to see behind the stage after. Check out this post about Fun Summer Learning for more local tour ideas. Remember to take advantage of online sites like Groupon too. You can often get discount admissions to local museums and other historical landmarks (even season passes) for cheap. Make your Staycation really stand out with these great printables and activity ideas from The Dating Divas!
3. Summer Studies
Continue your children's education by combining your daily scripture study with some of our study journals. Teach your family what it really means to study the scriptures. Try our recently released Temple Study or go back to our Family Proclamation Journal. Each will provide new insights and great discussion. Looking for more Journals or Gospel games not in our Market? Here are some of my favorites:
- LDS Shout Out!
- The Red Headed Hostess has a lot of great journals to use (especially for youth and adults)
- LDS Mystery Cards
- Walking with Women of the New Testament Study Guide- This is the Journal. I recommend using it, the scriptures, and her book, Walking with Women of the New Testament.
- Faith in God Study Journals- One for girls and one for boys. Great way to work through it!
These are just a few of my favorites as there is no way I could list all of them. I recommend looking around the different shops I included to find the best one for your family. They each have some really great ideas for your summer study program.
4. Writing Station
Cut out some comics, order some photo prints, write some journal prompts and put them in a jar. Set up a table with all the supplies and let people come as they want. Write letters to Grandma and Grandpa, journal about the week's fun, go down memory lane with some old photos. Remember to put out some stickers, stamps, and other fun things to get creative. Encourage your children to keep a journal or make something to cheer another up. This open invite table works really well with an art theme too.
Coloring is all the rage these days. I'm a huge fan of Usborne Books. I bought several coloring and sticker books at Christmas and we LOVE them. I recommend their Big Books of Drawing Doodling and Coloring for the most variety that will please everyone (even you). My 3 and 5 year old boys love the robots and snake pages while my 10 year old loves the more complicated coloring pages. I also highly recommend their 200 Paper Planes to Fold and Fly. That's a whole week of fun right there.
6. Do a Little Good in the World
Skip the bored jar and make a service jar instead. It's sure to change bad attitudes around and get hands busy. Head over to Sheila's blog, Pennies of Time for loads of ideas suitable for all different ages. Her family is amazing!
7. Go on an Adventure
Plan a trip easily with Get Away Today. There is a ton of summer fun to be had all around the country including at the world's most famous theme parks. Disney is celebrating their Diamond Anniversary which means there are fun celebrations and specials plus Universal Studios is opening the Wizarding World of Harry Potter this April. It's not too late to make your own plans to head that way. Check out all the specials going on right now from Get Away Today here AND get an extra $10 off with my code: SCRATCHNSNIFF.
8. Dance, Dance
Set an alarm on your phone for random times throughout the next week. Whenever it goes off everyone has to stop what they are doing and dance to at least 1 song. I love Amazon Prime Music for this so the song is always a surprise but still to our tastes and controllable. Need a longer break? Play freeze dance or grab the bubble wrap and dance until all the bubbles are popped!
Get some balls, cones, and other active equipment. Have your kids take turns making obstacle courses and relays. Go on a bike ride, walk, or family fun. Getting out and active is sure to lift everyone's spirits. Jazz up your walks by letting a different person pick which way you go when you're come to an intersection or pretend you are on a wild safari.
10. Get to Know Your Family Line
Grab your family together and learn more about your family tree. Learn how to index and do other family history work. After one short class, many youth can continue forward by themselves. Discover your famous ancestors or see a map of where you line original came from. There all kinds of fun ways to dive into family history. Don't know where to start? Write your own history or check out this introduction post.
And if that's not enough, try this Summer Boredom Buster. It's full of activities for kids! After a busy day of fun, relax with a movie. Why not make it a LDS related? Here's a list of the favorite LDS themed movies and how you can watch them.
Your Turn: What's your go-to boredom cure in the summer? What is your favorite summer activity?