I am one of those parents who has a love/hate relationship with the summer months. Part of that stems from my being a work at home mom. When the kids are home for the summer, I do not have the time, energy or patience to give them a bunch of ideas to end kids summer boredom. Also, I hate that my kids are prone to sticking with playing videos or binge watching shows on Netflix. While I am not against either of these, I would prefer my kids get a little Vitamin D during the week. So, bearing this in mind, before my kids start to chant the dreaded “I’m Bored”, I decided to beat them to the punch.
Cheap Ways To End Kids Summer Boredom
- Have a watermelon eating and/or seed spitting contest
- Create an original story and act it out
- Play a game of freeze tag
- Have a video scavenger hunt
- Backyard Olympics
- Water balloon fight
- Pool noodle sword fight
- Create a kids spa day
- Volunteer at an assisted living facility
- Have a backyard camp out
My kids may be older, but that does not mean they are going to always come up with their own ideas to end kids summer boredom. That is why this Summer Boredom Buster Jar is a brilliant idea. This is a super cheap craft that you don’t mind having sit on the counter or side table. Also, the older kids can make this themselves. I bought the washi tape for $6, already had the baker’s twine, large popsicle sticks and the mason jar, so this craft cost me less than $10 to create. And I had plenty of washi tape leftover for a wreath I am going to make!
In order to give the kids PLENTY of ideas to fill their jar, they searched the Internet for some help. They came up with about 50 ideas total and whenever they think of a new one, they just grab a washi stick and jot it down. This is probably one of the smarter crafts I have made! And to be sure my house gets clean, I added some chores in there for good measure!
Do you have a suggestion to add to my jar to end kids summer boredom?