Even though I am a Family Portrait Photographer here in Jacksonville FL and St Augustine FL. And even though this is a Photography blog, I decided to do a personal post to help us both out.
My girls are out for the summer ONE WEEK FROM TODAY. I'm looking forward to lazy days,
pool days, beach days and no alarm clock. I'm looking forward to making memories, having fun and just enjoying our summer.
BUT as every parent knows, with summer or any break from school comes the eventual, "Mom, I'm bored."
Do they have tons of toys and books? Why yes they do. Was I put on this earth solely for their entertainment. No, no I was not. But, I realized it was a good idea to have a few easy (and pocketbook friendly) items on hand for those moments.
I figured if I was going to look up all this information why not share it? Give other moms and dads easy ideas for a few things to get now that may make their Summer easier later.
Before I begin, let me say this. I do, for certain make my girls complete a few tasks before ANY electronic time. I have a list of things they must accomplish before they can even ask for video games or TV time. My list is a little different, but I may switch to this one I found at Silver Dolphin Books.
To download the checklist for yourself Click Here.
FIVE MUST HAVE ITEMS FOR YOUR BOREDOM BOX:
1. Glow Sticks:
I have been stocking up on these lately. I plan on using them for a variety of things. From dropping them in the pool for a fun night swim, to Glow Bowling. Grab some Glowsticks from Wal-Mart, Amazon or even Dollar Tree.
For all the information on Glow in the Dark bowling click here.
For all the information on Glow in the Dark Tic-Tac-Toe click here.
To set up Glow in the Dark Baseball at your house click here. (side note: I'd also try this with the water pool balls you can get at Dollar Tree for some water fun outside. We do live in Florida.)
If you're looking for more ideas with Glow Sticks, check out Crystal & Co here.
2. Foam Dice:
Maybe it's the former teacher in me, but anything that can be used for fun and learning is kinda awesome. Though you can use these to practice addition and subtraction skills easily and make a game out of it, right now, I'm thinking more fun.
We love Yatzee. I grew up playing it. But taking foam dice from Five Below or Amazon let's you take the game outside and with bigger pieces. An old bucket takes place of the cup and you can just keep track on a piece of paper. Yes, you can find wooden versions that look awesome on Etsy and other sites, but I figure the foam dice may be better. In the event they hit someone. Things happen with kids. For certain those, these little beauties will be in our box.
3. Pool Noodles:
These inexpensive awesomeness can easily be light sabers, swords of any kind, pool fun, river fun, beach fun and more. One good way on a rainy summer day (it is almost Hurricane season) is to use these noodles for indoor car races. If you have stairs EVEN better! If you don't set up chairs or use the couch. Combine with a build a fort day and you win mom of the year!
For all the information on the Pool Noodle Race track check out this site.
For even more ideas for things to do with Pool Noodles be sure to check this Birthday Party idea website.
4. Water Bottles:
Glow in the dark bowling, homemade lava lamps, flip the bottle and various other Science experiments means keeping a few of these around in your Boredom Box can help in a pinch.
I know. Crazy. But even if you step away from just coloring or other Art crafts plain or colored paper can be made into something that provides entertainment. AND I learned while teaching Kindergarten, learning to fold paper keeps their attention.....for awhile.
Of course, I'm talking Paper Airplanes. Have a day to make a few different types of paper airplanes and see which fly the farthest or the fastest. Inside or outside, kids love paper airplanes.
Below is a image I found on Pintrest (and seriously cannot find the original source) that shows the way to make a few different types of airplanes.
If you're looking for more ideas for your Boredom Box or to use in a pinch this summer here are a couple other sites I found:
Kristen Oliphant did an entire blog post about awesome finds at Dollar Tree.
And Natural Beach Living came up with a sheet (which she gives away as a free printable) with 100 Summer Boredom Busters to give you even more ideas.
Alright, now I gotta go to the store. Have a fantastic Wednesday!
Melody is a mother of 2 girls, lover of God, family, travel and connection. Striving to capture the small moments that turn into memories.