Summer break has arrived. Even on the first day of break the kids have started with “I’m bored.” How do you conquer the boredom of summer? A season when there should be no boredom but the monotony of seeing each other everyday wears out even the best planned moms.
The best summer breaks are planned but flexible. Sitting down on Sunday afternoon with the kids and the weeks calendar will help give everyone something exciting to look forward to in the upcoming week. Schedule a special activity for each day, cleaning time, cooking time, outdoor time, electronics time and a quiet time. The rest of the day can be free play. These types of times will vary depending on the ages of your children.
Some activities may need to be scheduled in advance if you are going with a group or attending an activity being presented by someone else. Mom, you can make each a week like camp, with a theme for the week. With younger children you may just want to do camp one day a week. Camp can help you throw in school related activities and life skills without the kids realizing they are learning.
Here are some ideas to get you thinking about planning summer break activities.
- Camp Read: Call your local library and ask when they will be having story time. They’re usually in the morning, one day a week and last most of summer. Check out a few books as you leave and you have instant quiet time when you get home.
- Camp Movie: Your local movie theater has older G and PG rated movies that they present on certain days of the week. They are either free or $1.00, with the $1.00 going to charity. Eat a snack before you leave the house and have lunch ready for your return and you won’t have to spend extra on popcorn and drinks.
- Camp Friendship: Contact two or three friends and set up a time for a playgroup. You could meet once a week or every other week, at the local play ground , splash pads or take turns hosting at home.
- Camp Cook: If your children are at least four years old they are old enough to start learning to cook. Choose one day and let your child pick a meal they would like to learn to prepare. Small children do well collecting items from the pantry and older children could help with the stove and oven details and they all need to know how math works into cooking.
- Camp Clean: Life skills are a must so spend some quality time cleaning out the closets, cabinets, junk drawers, junk room (we all have at least one) and donate or yard sale what you get rid of.
- Camp Craft: Even if your not a crafty mom you can find something crafty for your kids to do. Let them practice their cutting and coloring skills and make a card for a neighbor. Visit your local craft store for free make and take classes or ideas to get you crafting.
- Camp Help: Have you visited an elderly neighbor lately, been to the local nursing home or shared a meal with a family less fortunate than you? Teach your children to give of themselves by spending time with others they may not normally spend time with. You could use your Camp Craft projects to give at Camp Help.
- Camp Wet and Wild: Water hose, sprinkler, swimming pool, splash pads, lake, creek or river all have two things in common: water and cool refreshment. Spend time getting wet and cooling off this summer.
No matter how you decide to handle your summer break, planned and flexible or one day at a time, have fun and be prepared enough to conquer the kids hollering, “I’m bored.”