Jun 14, 2010 5:47 AM by Jeannette Hynes

Summer boredom busters

"I'm bored."

Hopefully, you'll never hear those words come from your children's mouths this summer.  Just in case, founder Janay Oliver provides five "boredom busters" to keep the children busy and the parents sane.

1. The Bored List: have your child write a 2-page list of everything they can think of to do at home or around the neighborhood.  Help your child if he or she is not old enough to write.  Post the list, and when boredom strikes, pick something from the list to do.  You'd be surprised at the activities your children have.

2. Digital Summer Journal:  Hand that digital camera over to the child.  Have him take pictures (every day if possible) of his daily activities.  Use free digital editing software from the internet or another trusted photo website to have your child create a summer photo journal, with or without captions. 

3. Crafts: a craft a day keeps the "boredoms" away.  Check or other trusted websites for an infinite amount of ideas that are almost free!

4.  Plant a small garden:  Even if all you have the space for is a few terra cotta pots or containers, it's an activity your child can do every day and she can watch the progress throughout the summer.

5.  Don't forget the local library: the summer reading program is free, and children receive prizes just for reading or listening to stories.


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