Warm Weather Boredom Busters for Your Family
Need ideas for the “I’m bored!” blues? There are tons of things that you and your children can do that require little or no additional expense. Here are a few ideas to get you started from Family CornerI Spy – To play this game simply choose an object within eyeshot and state the letter that it begins with. For example, if your object is a candle you say “I spy with my little eye, something beginning with ‘C’ ” Each family member takes turns guessing what object you spied. Whoever guesses the object gets to go next.
Coloring – It is quite possible that there is not a child on this planet that does not enjoy coloring with crayons and markers. Pick up coloring books at the dollar store and keep them up high for special “boredom days”.
Hide It – Hide an object in an obvious place. For example, place your portable telephone on top of the television. The first person to find the telephone gets to pick the next object and hide it. The only rule is that the object cannot actually be “hidden”, it must be in a visible place and not hidden from view.
Puzzles – What a great way for the family to spend some relaxing time together. Puzzles come in all shapes and sizes, different age ranges and difficulty levels.
Picnic at Home – Have a picnic on the front lawn. Spread a blanket out and enjoy some sandwiches, fresh fruit, and chips. Don’t forget the fruit juice! If the weather does not permit for such outdoor festivities, you can enjoy your picnic in the living room.Backyard Camping – Who says you have to travel and pay for camping space? Set up your tent in the backyard, roast marshmallows on the grill, and sit around and tell ghost stories.
Gardening – If possible, allow your children to have their very own planting area. If space does not allow for it, let the kids help you plant flowers and potted herbs. Be sure to explain the importance of sunshine and water for proper growth of your garden.Family Movie Night – Rent a movie from the video store, or if you have cable, order a pay per view movie where appropriate. Make popcorn and snuggle up on the couch with blankets and pillows.
Hot Potato – or Hot Beanie Baby, or whatever you have to toss around. Beanies actually work really well if you aren’t a serious collector and worry about their condition. If you have some of the knockoffs, they work just fine too. Have everyone sit in a circle and toss the beanie from one person to another, never knowing where it’s going to end up. It’s a lot of fun for all the kids and keeps them occupied for absolutely no money.Mystery Bag – Place an object inside of a black plastic garbage bag. First allow the children to feel the object from outside of the bag. If they are unable to guess what’s inside, allow them to reach into the bag and feel the object. If they still don’t know the answer, provide fun clues. For example, if the object is a framed photo of Mom, give hints such as “who puts bandages on your scraped knees?” or “Daddy thinks she’s picture perfect.”