If you have school-aged children then chances are you’ve gotten a little panicky once or twice trying to figure out how you’re going to keep them occupied for three whole months. Finding things for kids to do when they’re bored can be stressful, but we have you covered.
Trust me when I say we’ve all been there, and get where you’re coming from.
Summer Boredom Busters To Keep Kids Busy
To help you out, here’s a list of fun activities that can get rid of your kids’ boredom. The great news is these summer boredom busters won’t leave a gaping hole in your wallet either.
The worst thing you can hear is “I’m bored”, as if we’re the activity director aboard a cruise ship and we’re failing on the job!
So let’s get started!
Summer is an awesome time for your kids to be riding bikes around the neighborhood. Not only is it a great physical activity but it will also let them explore what your neighborhood has to offer and even make friends along the way.
For younger kids, this is the perfect time to teach them how to ride a bike. But regardless if your child is new to biking or not, it’s important to remind them about bike ride safety. This includes staying on the right side of the street and wearing helmets at all times.
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Volunteer for a Cause
The summer break is a great opportunity to teach your kids the value of getting involved with the community. It’s important to let them decide the cause they want to help.
You can visit your local community center to check out the available volunteer opportunities for kids. Alternatively, you can help them search online for possible choices.
For younger kids, it can be as simple as putting up a lemonade stand and donating the profits to a charity. For older kids, they can volunteer at the local animal shelter or at a food bank.
This can be the most rewarding of all the summer boredom busters. And a great way to keep kids busy during summer.
Learn a New Craft
Summer is the perfect time to nurture your kids’ creativity and learn a new skill. Gather some craft materials and let their hands get busy.
Making jewelry is a fun way to spend summer days, as are making:
- friendship bracelets
- painting rocks
- sensory bins
- making homemade play dough
- making homemade slime
- making clay miniatures
These are just some of the fun options kids of all ages and the entire family are sure to enjoy.
Make A Movie
Making home movies is another fun and creative activity your young children can do on sunny days. They can work on this project with their siblings or their friends.
The beauty of this is that they can play virtually any part in the movie-making process—they can write the script, direct, and act.
The best part is at the end of their filming, you can help out with putting together their masterpiece and have a family movie night. You can even hold a viewing like an old drive in movie in your own backyard once the movie is ready, now that would make a great summer activity.
The great outdoors is just there waiting to be explored on these warmer weather days. Pack up your hiking boots and tent and go camping with the whole family. Your kids can enjoy roasting marshmallows for s’mores and sharing fun or scary stories with their friends.
You could even have a nature scavenger hunt for a fun summer activity. Alternatively, if you have younger kids, you can still set up camp in your backyard. Bonus if you have a trampoline, kids LOVE sleeping on a trampoline.
Fun In The Sun & Water
A little vitamin C never hurt anyone! If you live close to the beach or if there’s a lake nearby, it’s the perfect opportunity for your youngsters and bigger kids to get to know a new environment other than the suburbs or the city.
If you don’t live near a beach that’s ok you can still have so much fun with water play during these summer months. You could go to a water park, or bring out the water slide, and water guns to have a fun water fight with all your family members.
You could even pick up water balloons from the dollar store for an epic water balloon battle. That would be a great time and the perfect way to cool off in the warm weather.
Create a Summer Journal
Journaling is an excellent way for your kids to express their thoughts, desires, and beliefs. You can give them a list of summer-related writing prompts that they can follow for every day of their summer vacation.
The beauty of journals is that your kids don’t have to be limited to just writing. They can use it as a place to store photos, mementos, and even to make art in their journal.
This is a great alternative to going outside on a hot summer day cause the last thing you want is your kid to get a heat stroke on a hot day. (remember I live in Texas and it’s a real thing here – :/)
Build a Garden Patch
It’s never too early to introduce your kids to gardening. Of course apart from letting them help out in your garden by watering plants, you can also help them build a garden patch of their own.
This is a great opportunity to teach them where food comes from. You might even find that your little kids are trying out more fruits and veggies by the end of the summer.
Involve your kids in the whole process so they feel engaged from start to finish. Set aside a raised bed for them and work with them in planning the layout they want for their patch.
Help them pick the crops that will go into their personal area. Don’t forget to give them their own watering cans and gardening tools.
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As a parent you definitely don’t want your kids to spend 104 days of summer vacation playing video games or just hanging around the house with nothing to do.
Hopefully the fun summer activities mentioned above can help you get your kids out of a rut when summer boredom strikes.
What are your favorite summer boredom busters to keep the kids busy when school’s out?