Now that summer is finally here, there is an ever-dreaded phrase that our kids will utter at least 30 times before school starts in the fall… “I’m Bored!”
Even the best of us at The Super Hero Factory have succumbed to letting our kids watch a bit too much TV, allowing hours to be spent plugging into computers, playing video games, and ignoring the world. However, there are so many opportunities to grow and enrich our lives!
We Say, “Couch Taters No More!”
Here are a few ideas that we’ve come up with to help stave off and cure the summer time “I’m Bored-itis”
Set Fitness Goals as a Family – Who doesn’t love a little competition? How many times can you hula hoop? Can you beat me at doing the most push ups? Try to make getting outside and active fun and exciting. Bike rides, swimming; even just an impromptu water fight in the backyard with the hose can create memories and promote physical activity.
Volunteer – Pick a charity to team up with and promote their mission. Whether it is helping to feed the homeless or picking up trash at a public park, getting involved in your community is a win-win.
Brainstorm Together – Get conversations flowing with possibilities of what your kids may want to do this summer.
Encourage Play dates – Play dates provide ways for kids to build social skills but also for you to touch base with other parents as well. You can suggest games for play dates. Such as a candy hunt, a scavenger hunt, race car races or playing Sardines (which is the reverse of Hide and Seek).
Arts & Crafts – Creating physical things with our hands make our brains burst and light up with imagination. Summers spent at my grandma’s were amazing. We collected rocks during our walks after lunch. We would paint them all different colors. Some ended up looking like animals and some just a painted mess. However, very memorable fun!
No matter what you happen to choose for activities this summer, the objective is to put the electronics down, get conversations flowing and let imagination take over. Keep it Fun. Keep it Simple. Just do it TOGETHER!
.: SuperHeroMomma :.