Mommy, I’m Bored!

   Written by on July 31, 2013 at 5:22 pm

It’s very hot (just in case you hadn’t noticed).  Schools are out.  Vacation Bible Schools are mostly finished.  Many children’s programs have ceased for the summer.  You are limited on funds for entertainment.  You may not have access to a vehicle for even a trip to a local park.

You know you shouldn’t allow your young child to sit endlessly in front of the television or the computer.  You also know, then, that you need to come up with some ideas and suggestions to fill some of those hours of the day with healthy and meaningful activities.

What to do?!  I’m here to help.  Here is a list of activities you and your young (and perhaps not-so-young) child to do before they begin whining that there’s “nothing to do”.

Clean out the toy box – ever notice how interesting his toys become when you begin going through them to get rid of some with which he no longer plays?  Not only does he now have “interesting” toys with which to play, the toy box or shelves are now somewhat organized!

Organize the bookshelf – have him assist you in taking all the books off the shelf (or out of the book basket or box) and rounding up any that are not where they should be.  Provide a container and see who can locate the most.  Allow him to choose how to place them on the shelf using positional words (middle, first, last, etc.).

Read – While you are going through those books, talk about the ones you have read before and ask questions about what happened.  Ask which of the books his favorite ones are.  Encourage him to choose one or two he would like to hear again.  Tell him that when you finish the task, you will read them to him.

Make a fun snack food together.  It can be as simple as popping corn, but it is important that he feels important in the process.  Let him decide what bowl to use.  Ask what he would like to drink with his snack.  Give him healthy choices like milk or juice.  Put a blanket on the floor and have a mini picnic with him.

Make play dough.  Here is a very simple, easy, recipe that he will be able to help you make.  Ingredients:  1 cup of flour, ½ cup of salt, 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar (if you don’t have any, look for it in the spice section of the grocery store), 1 cup of water, and 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil.  In a medium-sized saucepan combine the dry ingredients (flour, salt, cream of tartar) and stir.  Add the water and oil.  Over medium heat, stir the mixture until it makes a large ball.  Look for the consistency of stiff mashed potatoes.  Knead until it becomes pliable and smooth.  (It will be too hot for your wee one, but should be no problem for you.)  You may want to divide the white dough into several parts, let your child poke a hole in each part with the end of a wooden spoon.  Put a drop or two of different food colors into the impression.  He will enjoy seeing the white dough turn into bright colors as he plays.  Happy child!  Happy parent!

© 2013 Brenda Holland-Robinson

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