Bored kids and summer vacation seem to go hand in hand no matter how hard we prepare. Kids can have a boatload of toys and still find a way to be bored when mid-summer rolls around. How do we, as parents, prevent this boredom?
Here are five ways to keep your child from saying those dreaded words this summer vacation:
Snazz Up Their Chores List
Rather than giving them a list of chores that will bore them to tears, dress it up a bit. Instead of taking out the garbage, you can ask them to clear the toxic waste from the city. Get creative and create little side “missions” for them to complete each day. Have a reward for each mission completed. (Rewards can be things like a key to the city, certificate, etc.)
Enroll Them in Summer Camp
Summer camps like 4H can do wonders for your child’s confidence and give them lifelong friends and memories that are difficult to find elsewhere. There is something special about the camp experience and every kid can benefit from it. Summer camps can be expensive but there are usually programs in place to help with costs if your family needs it. Look into the camps available in your area.
Create a Reading List Challenge
Kids can truly beef up their summer by getting into a book. Find a book or series of books that your child truly enjoys reading and you will create a monster. Reading is very fundamental to every kid’s learning, and you can’t do too much of it. Make a list of books to have them complete and challenge them to read them all. Have a major end of summer reward for all kids that succeed.
Have Your Kids do a Summer Project
Perhaps you want a new garden, flowers planted, a fence or some other project outside over the summer. Find some jobs that your kids can do that involve creating something. Kids will love making something beautiful and really get into the process if you help them along. Give them clear instructions and only intervene if they are making a mistake or are in danger for some reason. The more creative freedom you can give them, the better they will like it.
Plan Several Mini-Outings to Pique Their Interest
Challenge your kids to learn about something with the reward being that you will go explore it upon completion. For example, challenge them to learn the local history of your park or a city lake. When they are done, perhaps you can go on a picnic to learn first hand about these things. Several small outings are extremely fun and allow for diversity to keep your kids interested.