To continue our “Mom! I’m Bored!” series, I will share some favorite boredom busters for elementary aged kiddos.
Since winter time is famous for the “I’m bored!” statement, I like to have some ideas on hand.
Again, I disclaimer this with, we don’t hear the statement often because my kiddos know such a statement usually is followed by my “well, then I assume your room is clean and laundry is done” retort, or something equally chore-related.
But nevertheless, here are some fun mom boredom busters to consider”
If they are looking for something to do, I challenge them to build a Lego-city or Barbie-city. I remind them to include everything you need in a city. Once it’s built, they usually play with the city for quite a while. Works well with blocks too!
#2 Write a Story/Act it Out!
My kids love to put on plays or shows, so, if they are in need of something to do, I tell them to go prepare a show for later. Sometimes I help them along with a theme. Sometimes it is about a book we are reading or a time period we are studying. But usually they have their own ideas. It’s fun to see what they come up with.
#3 Obstacle Course
Bored and in need of a little exercise? Make an obstacle course. I usually set up the first one and then the kids take turns setting it up after that. They have fun trying to beat their time through the course or doing it hopping or backwards or crawling – whatever they can come up with. It’s a fun way to expend some energy.
If you have a bored elementary child, send them to the kitchen. Have them pick out a recipe or a dessert and get cooking. Even if its 10 o’clock in the morning, your child can get a crock pot meal or casserole ready for dinner. Or if you already have dinner plans, get them started on a casserole for the freezer. Having him or her pick a recipe, find the ingredients, and put it together gets him busy and working through life skills. Of, if he prefers, have him choose a dessert to make. From pie to decorated cookies, cooking is a great skill and a wonderful boredom buster!
How do you keep your school-aged child busy when they are “bored?”