How many times a day do you hear “I’m boooored” coming out of your children’s mouth? Like all respectable parents, plenty of times per day, we guess. But this particular issue might have numerous solutions if you know where to look for some entertaining activities. Your child might not love all our suggestions, but there will certainly be some that will please their fussy taste. Keep reading below to get some new entertainment ideas for your children. (Images Credit: Pixabay)
#1. Build a fort
This type of activity is, obviously, perfect during those winter days when your children are on their winter break and have plenty of time on their hands and no idea what to do with all that time. If you find some time yourself, you can join them outside and help them build a fort. You can manage this by placing a large blanket over your dining room table so the edges of the blanket reach the floor. Allow them to bring in toys. However, you should assure that in case your children are too small, their toys are not choking hazards and you continuously supervise your little ones. Older children can be left unattended, but you still want to check on them periodically.
#2. Plant a tree
The happy owners of a backyard are more likely to easily entertain their children. Whenever the “I’m bored” topic comes up, you can go to the local home improvement store, buy a small tree or plant and plant those together. This way, you will contribute to improving their awareness regarding environmental matters and you also teach them that entertainment can be found in productive activities as well.
#3. Make them clean and organize their rooms
Nothing is more satisfying than seeing your children clean and tidy. When they bring up the topic of not having anything to do, kindly invite them to clean up their rooms and make those look presentable. You may be welcomed with some protests but this will teach your children something about responsibility and cleanliness. Try to delegate as many tasks as possible to your children. Tasks that can be easily accomplished by someone their age and that doesn’t expose them to any kinds of dangers. This will keep them occupied and will teach them to be responsible and organized.
#4. Teach them how to fix stuff around the home
If boredom intervenes when your children are a bit older, you can easily teach them how to fix stuff around the home and let them overcome their boredom with this simple strategy. When certain things become too old to be used as they are, take them apart with your children and show them how they work. When dealing with electronic devices, make sure to be more careful. Get them involved in the process, nonetheless. Make them ask questions and patiently answer those. Even if you don’t know the answer to their questions, make sure that you try to figure things together.
#5. Organize a bounty hunt
If you try to find something entertaining to occupy your children’s time during those long weekends, a bounty hunt in the safety of your garden is the kind of activity that you’re searching for. Research this activity and the necessary tools for it and make sure that a metal detector is part of those. Hide some coins in your backyard and make sure that you create some riddles and hints to pin your children to their location. It will shortly turn into a fun and time-consuming activity which your children will enjoy.
You could allow your children to invite some other friends and let them socialise and interact. This will increase their social interaction skills and they will make them more likely to develop healthy relationships with their peers in the future. Plus, bounty hunter activities will also develop their problem-solving skills. You will end up having quite smart kiddos if you plan and organize such activities.
#6. Enroll in a swim class together
If you want to keep your children entertained and healthy, a swim class will do the thing. Make sure that you find a swim instructor that is willing to teach children as well, although the vast majority of them won’t have an issue with aspects such as age. However, you still want to make sure that you choose a beginner class to make things easier for your moppets.
Teaching your children the importance of a balanced lifestyle is highly important, especially since most children spend their time in front of a laptop or a tablet. Constant exercise will promote better lifestyle choices and better fitness levels. We are all aware how predisposed children today are to become obese due to an unhealthy lifestyle at a young age, and the lack of physical activity.
Music is a great way to keep kids engaged and happy. Play kid new songs throughout their play time.
#7. Put on a play
Children love dressing up in adult clothing and this opens the gates to new and entertaining types of activities. Put on a play together with them. Allow them to dress up in your clothing items and depending on their age, let them improvise a play. This will offer you a better idea on their talents and preferences, even at a fairly young age. Plus, it will keep them engaged and entertained for quite a while.
#8. Make play-dough sculptures
Play dough is amazing. You most probably enjoy using it even at your age. If you want to keep your children involved in an activity for more than 5 minutes, help them create play-dough sculptures. You will both love the process and the results, and you will have plenty of time on your hands afterwards. Although this doesn’t seem like a tiring activity, children will feel it like one.
These simple activities for kids will help you keep your children entertained and occupied when the topic of getting bored comes up. Boredom is such an amazing way to teach them something useful and enforce a healthy lifestyle.