Mom, I’m Bored!

We are half way thru the Summer and your child is bored and wants something fun to do. Here are some suggestions of fun things to do for free.

The worst thing to hear from a child during the summer is, “I’m bored.”  Sometimes the routine of school and extracurricular activities keeps them so busy that when it’s time to relax, they want to keep going.

Here are some fun things to do during the summer with your kids that are FREE and you probably have the items in your home ready to go.

        SUPPLIES: 8 x 11 paper, a ruler, scissors and a paper clip (for the plane)

  • Make a Scrapbook – Ask the children to treasure hunt in the backyard (i.e.: small stone, pretty twigs, etc) and have them make a scrapbook and write their favorite memory of the summer. Make sure you have the kids sign and date the book.

       Supplies:  Construction paper to make album, glue, scissors, color markers          and fun stickers.

  • Spook-fest – Plan a night to sit around the campfire or fire pit and tell spooky ghost stories while eating S’mores. Make sure you pack your flash light and garlic to keep the vampires away!

        Supplies: Ingredients for S’mores

        Supplies: Sugar, cornstarch, food coloring, liquid hand soap, cold water.

  • Snow Cones – We found a use for that huge food processor that gathers dust on your counter.  Let’s make snow cones!  Set your food processor(or blender) on grate and add ice.  The shaved ice can be adorned with fruit syrups, juices and even soda.

        Supplies:  Ice, fruit syrups, juice or soda.

Please feel free to add your FREE ideas on how to have fun with our children this summer.

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Jeanne Thiemann July 20, 2012 at 01:37 AM
On the hottest days, fill a kiddie pool half full of water, and throw in several trays of ice cubes. Sit the kids on the ground around the edge, each with a bowl by their sides. Have a competition - whoever can pick out the most ice cubes - using only their feet - wins!
QBY33 July 21, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Some indoor ideas...play board games, read books together (even with older kids), cook together! My 10 yr. old son likes just about anything that we do together that gives us quality time! Also having a catch is free, packing a picnic and brining it somewhere like Van Vleck Gardens or Nishuane Park. Enjoy your summer and your time together. We sure are :)
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