Summer Boredom BustersLeave a Comment
We’re nearing the golden summer months that children dream of while they work hard in school and wish for when they’re inside completing their homework. With weeks of fun ahead, it’s inevitable that you’ll need some plans to keep your kids entertained. The good news is that you don’t have to break the bank every time you take your kids out. Here at Pediatric Partners, we’ve put together some tips to help keep the boredom at bay. Bring on the summer!
Putting together a treasure hunt can take a bit of planning and you’ll need to get creative, but the results are worth it. Up the stakes and offer some prizes so that your kids are even more determined to take part (it can encourage some healthy competition among participants too). Treasure hunts are a great way of getting your children to follow clues and think logically, so it has an educational aspect as well.
Getting your kids used to the kitchen and confident about making basic recipes is a really good idea for the future. You can also have heaps of fun, as you try different ingredients and test out your culinary creations. Things can get messy in the kitchen, but it’s all part of the process, and you don’t have to be making Michelin-star- standard food to have fun. Baking cakes is a really good task to start with and will give you and your kids some tasty treats at the end of it while encouraging your children to get more adventurous in the kitchen. Baking cakes can provide a sense of achievement and a full tummy!
If you take a look around your local community, you’ll be sure to find some attractions that are worth a day trip. It’s easy to overlook things on your doorstep, but nearby museums, galleries, or landmarks can teach your children about local history and help them appreciate what’s around them. A lot of museums and galleries offer free admission or discounts for children, so it can be a cost-effective day out. If you research attractions around the vacation season, you might find some that have special clubs and schemes throughout the summer season too.
All you need to do is step out the door and you can be in the midst of nature. If you take your kids to the countryside, animal reserves, or national parks, they can learn about wildlife, the environment, and their impact on the natural world. Show your children there’s more to life than smartphones, tablets, and other technology. The best thing about nature-related activities is that they’re mainly free and nature is everywhere to explore; there are things you can teach your children from the moment you leave your home. There’s lots of fun to be had outside, and you can give your kids new perspectives and help them to appreciate and look after their environment.
Watching a DVD is a great treat for your kids and a sure-fire way to help relieve some boredom by putting them in front of their favorite film. Why not make the whole experience a bit more exciting though? Dim the lights, grab some beanbags, get the popcorn ready, and turn your living room into a cinema. If you have a projector, then even better, you can project your kids’ favorite film onto a nearby wall and make it bigger and better than normal. This makes watching a film more of an occasion and increases the fun factor for your kids. Keep in mind that there should be no screen time for children under 2, and that screen time should be limited to no more than 2 hours per day.
At Pediatric Partners, children are at the heart of everything we do. If you have any concerns about your children’s health or wellbeing, let our experienced staff offer expert help and advice.