Summer! Playdates! Pool time! Vacation! Those were the thoughts going through your head when the kids first got out of school, right? There was just so much on the calendar that you looked forward to, and your kids were going to have the best summer ever.
Then a few weeks passed.
Now your kids are lazily eating a bowl a cereal while looking at the TV like a zombie. You can feel it coming on. You’re going to hear those chalkboard scratching words: “I’m bored!” Don’t let it happen. Cut them off at the pass. There are several indoor and outdoor activities that are super cheap or super free and are guaranteed to keep your kids occupied.
Teach them how to play a card game or board game. No Candy Crush, no Farmville, no video games. Real, tangible games.
Attend a concert or movie in the local park.
Go Bowling. It’s air-conditioned in there.
Cook together. Summer foods are usually fresh with simple ingredients – perfect for introducing your kids to the culinary arts.
Chalk it up. You can create games or just artistic masterpieces on the sidewalk.
Make a fort out of cardboard boxes. After all, cardboard has been the favorite toy among little ones for decades.
Send them on a scavenger hunt. It could be around town, the back yard or just their room. Any way you do it, a scavenger hunt should keep your kids occupied for a while.
Go on a picnic. The truth is, you’re not eating at the table anyway.
Set up a lemonade stand. It’s about time kiddos learned the value of entrepreneurship.
Make origami paper boats and race them by blowing through a straw.
Plant a garden. Show them that food doesn’t come from the grocery store.
Run through the sprinklers. Make yard work fun again.
Catch fireflies in a jar, then release them.
Sign them up for a free kids’ workshop at a local home improvement store. Turn that honey-do list into a honey-done list.
Stage your own summer Olympics in the back yard.
And if all else fails, put those kids to work! Give them your favorite line of organic cleaning products, and a cleaning to-do list. They will never say “I’m bored” again.