Twenty Tips For Beating Summer Boredom

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Summer is a time for family fun, but it can also bring about cries of “I’m bored!” Beat summer boredom with these twenty tips from some of our favorite bloggers!

  • Read something every day. I give my kids incentive to read in the summer. For every hour that they read during the week, they earn 2 small pieces of candy on Friday. -Kristin of Bits and Pieces From My Life
  • Stick to a routine each day to prevent complaints. -Danika of Thinking Kids
  • Have play-dough ready for rainy days. -Anne Marie of Future.Flying.Saucers
  • Get a membership to a local museum. It makes for nice free fun time indoors where it’s cool. -Leah of As We Walk Along The Road
  • Let the kids be involved in menu planning, shopping and preparing for meals. i.e. visit a local farm to get ingredients and let them take pride in helping make something out of it. -Tamika of No Time For Tea Parties
  • Keep an “I’m Bored” jar with activity ideas to pull out when boredom strikes. -Whitney from Beauty in the Mess
  • Have a summer “bucket list” of all the things you want to do before summer is over. Make sure every family member has something on the list. Then schedule the fun to make sure you have enough time to do everything you want to do. -Angi of Schneider Peeps
  • Whether it’s the sprinkler, water balloons, or the pool. Water always saves the day! –Kimberly of Living in the Sweet Spot
  • Make the kids go outside. -Anne Marie of Future.Flying.Saucers
  • Once a week, I let the kids watch a movie while they eat dinner. The other 6 nights, we eat together around the table, but they look forward to that one night that is out of the ordinary. -Kristin of Bits and Pieces From My Life
  • We spend time outside in the garden, playing with the animals, and digging a tunnel to China in the backyard. (That activity has been a favorite for more than ten years now. We still haven’t reached the Far East. Or the center of the earth, for that matter.) -Danika of Thinking Kids
  • Swap kids with a friend. One day you and your family can host her kids and another day she can host yours. –Kimberly of Living in the Sweet Spot
  • Join the YMCA for the summer to spend time in the pool. -Leah of As We Walk Along The Road
  • Make a “seek and learn” sheet and go to the zoo. I pick an animal for each visit and make an info sheet. My kids have to find the animal and answer the questions. -Tamika of No Time For Tea Parties
  • Take advantage of free local activities. -Whitney from Beauty in the Mess
  • Take walks or bike rides together. It provides everyone with exercise but is also a provides a great opportunity to connect through conversation. –Kimberly of Living in the Sweet Spot
  • Use summer to learn a new skill or hobby. -Angi of Schneider Peeps
  • Do something creative every day. It can be as simple as coloring a picture or putting together a few Legos as long as it uses the mind. -Kristin of Bits and Pieces From My Life
  • Participate in Library reading programs. When age appropriate, have the kids write a book report. My younger kids draw a picture from a favorite part of the book. -Tamika of No Time For Tea Parties
  • Go on “field trips”. In the beginning of the summer we make a list of local places we want to go and things we want to see. Then put a few on the calendar and leave the others for spur of the moment adventures. –Kimberly of Living in the Sweet Spot

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Mayte Sandrin
Mayte Sandrin

I give them "mama" homework. Reading assignments along with book reports. Math problems. Writing Bible Memory verses 10 times. Learning Spanish exercises. Helping me plant seeds outside. We make banana bread or cookies together. Oh I can think of endless things for them. They have learned not to say "I am bored." In fact I beat them to it by always having a list of assignments for them each day. Yes, they do say I am "so mean." It's a badge of honor. \U0001f604

Mayte Sandrin
Mayte Sandrin

And lately their prize for being good is Jelly Telly videos which they love. So thank you.

Kristen Lye Peele
Kristen Lye Peele

Has anyone out there used the WITB videos as summer learning material? I'm considering using one video each week this summer so the kids and I work our way through the whole Bible. I'm thinking I can also pick a verse or two for us to learn, use the coloring sheets, and maybe the flashcards too. Any other ideas?

What's in the Bible?
What's in the Bible?

Let us know if you end up doing this this summer and how it goes!! I'm sure many families would benefit from this idea!!

Kristen Lye Peele
Kristen Lye Peele

Thank you for the link to the blog. We started yesterday though I am still developing my complete "plan" for the summer. I will let you know how it goes.

Pam Smith Paparone
Pam Smith Paparone

Maybe it's ok if they are bored sometimes. Maybe it will spark their imaginations. Some of my fondest memories are laying on the bed and staring at the ceiling while daydreaming or laying in the grass and feeling the fresh breeze on my face...

Beth Warren Hawkins
Beth Warren Hawkins

Attend VBS. Then, use the theme to put on a neighborhood bible club the next week.

Charee Wilson
Charee Wilson

A lot of these assume you live somewhere with a zoo or museum. When you live where we are most of these don't work.

Glory Favour
Glory Favour

The word of the lord in bible can not be changed,yes.

Joyce Johnston
Joyce Johnston

If age apropate read from the bible. Learn the verses of the bible. Does your church have a vacation Bible School. Good start.