Why Your Kids Need Never Be Bored ~ Ever Again

Why Your Kids Will Never Be Bored Again

Have you heard this lately?

“I’m bored; there’s nothing to do.”

It is so frustrating to hear this when you’ve just returned from a family vacation full of all sorts of activities for your kids.  Or you’ve had them in special camps at home. (And most likely they haven’t thanked you.)

Instead, now they have a few free minutes and they expect you to entertain them. It’s enough to make a tired, unappreciated mother scream!

We are raising our kids in an “entertain me” culture.

However, making sure our kids are always entertained is not our primary job.

In fact, always having a planned, structured day or an ever-ready TV show or “device” can rob our children of the ability to develop creativity.

Kids don’t need more toys; they need more encouragement to make up their own games, to create things out of nature, to devise plays, write poetry, create art, hunt for treasures (like worms!) in the backyard.

Some time ago we created a list with our grandkids.

It says: We never say, “I’m bored at the farm.” Here’s a list of things to do by myself or with another child.”

So far we have 54 things on our list and the kids keep adding to it. It has become a game to see how many more things they can think of.

So now when a child says, “I’m bored,” we send them to the list.

Our We-Are-Not-Bored List

OUR WE-ARE-NOT-BORED LIST

  1. READ
  2. CLIMB TREES
  3. PLAY FOOTBALL
  4. COLOR
  5. PLAY FREEZE TAG
  6. WORK A PUZZLE
  7. LOOK AT PHOTO ALBUMS
  8. PLAY TEA PARTY
  9. SLEEP
  10. PLAY SARDINES
  11. BUILD A FORT
  12. PLAY BINGO
  13. LAY ON COUCH IN PARTY BARN
  14. PLAY WITH ARMY MEN
  15. BUILD SOMETHING WITH HAMMERS AND NAILS AND WOOD (GET SCRAPES FROM HOUSES UNDER CONSTRUCTION)
  16. PLAY DRESS UP
  17. WRITE IN JOURNALS
  18. COLOR ON FLOOR IN BASEMENT WITH CHALK
  19. KICK SOCCER BALL
  20. PLAY IN THE ROCKS WITH TRUCKS
  21. COOK
  22. PLAY VOLLEYBALL
  23. GET A CUP AND COLLECT WORMS AND BUGS
  24. PLAY HOPSCOTCH
  25. DO HANDSTANDS
  26. PLAY BOCHE
  27. BUILD A TREE HOUSE
  28. PLAY PING-PONG
  29. SIT ON THE BENCH AND READ
  30. PLAY SCHOOL IN THE PLAY HOUSE
  31. ROAST MARSHMALLOWS
  32. MAKE JAM
  33. PICK BERRIES
  34. LOOK FOR STARS
  35. PLAY IN THE CREEK
  36. FISH
  37. PLAY WITH RIDDLE DOG (THROW HIS BALL)
  38. MAKE A SECRET TRAIL IN THE YARD OR WOODS
  39. CREATE A SCAVENGER HUNT FOR THE FAMILY OR FRIENDS
  40. MAKE A PLAY OUT OF A BIBLE STORY AND PREFORM IT
  41. BUILD A FORT IN THE WOODS
  42. COLLECT ROCKS AND PAINT THEM
  43. PLAY IN THE SECRET WARDROBE
  44. CREATE AN OLYMPICS COMPETITION
  45. PLAY IN THE SPRINKLER OR LITTLE POOL
  46. GET A BAGGIE AND COLLECT THINGS GO HAS MADE
  47. PLAY WITH TRAINS
  48. WRITE A SONG OR POEM
  49. PLAY WITH BLOCKS
  50. GET LARGE CARDBOARD BOXES (FROM AN APPLIANCE STORE) AND CREATE PLAYHOUSES OR TRAINS OUT OF THEM
  51. PLAY HIDE AND GO SEEK
  52. COLOR PICTURES AND SEND THEM TO GRANDPARENTS
  53. SEE HOW MANY DIFFERENT LEAVES YOU CAN COLLECT. (IRON THEM BETWEEN 2 PIECES OF WAX PAPER AND HANG THEM IN THE WINDOW. )
  54. SWING IN THE HAMMOCK WITH A BOOK
  55. …?

Why Your Kids Will Not Be Bored Again

Creating Your Own We-Are-Not-Bored List

Gather you kids and begin brainstorming together.

And make it a family fun time.

Turn it into a contest to see how many you can come up with and then post it. You can then let them add on to it over the weeks ahead.  

Rather than get frustrated, simply say,“Honey, you are so creative. Go look at the great list we developed and find something to do by yourself, or I bet you can even create something new!”

A wise parent doesn’t always entertain your child, but gives him or her an opportunity to grow and learn and create.

Blessings,

Susan 

Printable of 50 Fun Things for Kids to DoHere’s another list for further inspiration: Free Printable: 50 Fun Things for Kids to Do

*What kinds of things would you include on your We-Are-Not-Bored List? Please share your ideas!

 

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