Tuesday, July 8, 2008

"Mom, I'm bored!"

[Photo by *clairity*.]

One summer I sat down with a half-sheet of poster board and a package of colorful markers. At the top of the poster, in big letters: "Things to Do." Then I wrote a list of ideas, each in a different color, scattered around the poster at different angles for visual interest...

  • Blow bubbles.
  • Read a book.
  • Take the easel outside and paint.
  • Draw a comic strip.
  • Race around the house.
  • Brush the dog.
  • Make cookies.
  • Eat a freezer pop.
  • Organize the bookshelves.
  • Write a letter to Grandma.
  • ...As many things as I could think of, until the poster was full.
Here are some online summer idea-starter lists:

Stop Summer Boredom
What you can say to "help your kids develop the internal resources that are important for a creative, satisfying life."
25 Glorious Things to Do This Summer
Wonderful, messy, hands-on fun from Rosemary Davidson, author of Glorious Things To Do.
90 Low Cost or No Cost Activities to Entertain Your Kids All Summer Long
A great list! Organized into categories: Outdoor Activities, Indoor Activities, and "Educational Activities Your Kids Will Actually Enjoy Doing."
101 Things To Do This Summer
Each activity comes with a link to more information, ideas, or tips.

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