Let’s have a group brainstorming session! I’ll start off with a list of ideas to ward off the boredom and then you add your ideas in the comments. If I get enough good ideas (you all can do it!) then I will post a follow-up and credit each contributor.
My list of summer boredom tamers:
- Check out your local library and join the summer reading program. Its FREE, eco-friendly, and good for keeping up those important reading skills. Let them check out magazines, how to books, cookbooks, pool side paperbacks, or whatever interests them because in my book, any form of reading is a good thing!
- Renovate your child’s bedroom. Even if your budget is tight, you can give their room a new look for next to nothing – even if it just means rearranging the furniture. If you are willing to paint or really redecorate, let them have a say in the colors, accessories and what not. Its a perfect opportunity to clean out the junk, evict the cobwebs, and reorganize.
- Plant a garden. With the rising cost of food and increasing awareness of the environment, gardening is a great activity for kids. My kids love container gardening – they each have a barrel planter and love growing their own tomatoes. Check out Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children and Green Thumbs: A Kid’s Activity Guide to Indoor and Outdoor Gardening (A Kid’s Guide series) for more ideas.
- Be a tourist in your own town. Check out local museums and attractions in your town and near by cities. You’d be surprised what you will learn and the kids will get a better sense of their own history too.
- Try a new sport. Summer is the perfect time to try something new! Join the summer swim team, check with the local parks and rec department for camps and clinics for different sports, or try out some new activities on your own (putt-putt golf, hitting tennis balls against a wall, going for a run, etc.)
- Volunteer. What are your child’s interests? Love animals? Try to arrange an opportunity to volunteer at the animal shelter once a week. Volunteering helps foster a greater sense of community and can be a lot of fun.
- Get a part-time job. Christine published a great list of summer jobs for teens, but even tweens can get involved. Perfect jobs for tweens include Mother’s Helper, helping an elderly neighbor, pet sitting, or doing basic office work (which my kids love doing for me – as long as it involves using the label maker)
- Try out a new hobby. Summer is perfect for researching and trying new things like scrapbooking, videography, learning to craft, taking an art class or what ever interest your child wants to pursue.
- Lots of friend time. After all, that’s what summer is for! Its perfect for spending time with friends, hanging out, and just being kids.
Now it is your turn! What are your ideas for keeping the kids busy this summer?