I have nothing against kids getting bored. In theory. Bored people have created some seriously amazing things. But in practice, as a mom, it turns into a form of torture. As soon as I sit down to get something done* they’re asking for snacks, coloring pages, cardboard boxes, trips to the pool, trips to Paris, a pet pig and a new baby brother. Since only the first 3 are likely with the 4th being occasionally possible and items 5-7 being utterly ridiculous right now, I’ve found that I have to have a game plan beforehand. When a friend invited me to join other mom bloggers to help arm ourselves for summer I jumped at the chance!
We collectively created a Boredom Buster Kit! My contribution was these Creative Writing Cubes. My 7yo has already had so much fun with these – she’s written a bunch of stories and is working on adding more of her own extra cubes made with the extra blank templates.
The kit also contains 9 other projects and several bonuses and they’re all ready to download and print and hand over to the kids with minimal grownup help. And I love that unlike hard copy stuff you’d buy – when they LOVE it – or if they feel like they just want to start over – you just print it again. No biggie. And there’s tons of variety – drawing, writing, backyard exploring, cooking, family journaling. Not just something for everyone, LOTS for everyone!
*In addition to the usual lack of routine over the summer, we’re MOVING this year. In about 2 weeks we’ll pack up the house, go spend a week with family welcoming new additions just in the nick of time, and hop on a plane to Bangkok. So I’m printing the whole boredom buster kit AND the reading kit so that while we’re all over the map this summer, I’ll be READY!