Well summer vacation is here for most kids. About right now, the kids are excited about no school and the parents are trying to figure out what the kids are going to do all summer long! We know it is inevitable, we are going to here the three most dreaded words: "Mom, I'm bored!" I am hoping that these links will give you some good ideas of things to tell the kids to do and if all else fails, tell them to clean their room.
Time Wasters from About.com
This list is great for sitting in the car, waiting at appointments and waiting on a meal to be served. Most activities do not require any materials or if they do, you probably carry those materials on you everyday.
Summer Boredom Busters from Texas Home Educators
This is a thorough list and a great idea of how to select an activity. You can customize your list any way needed to satisfy your families interests.
Paula's Boredom Busters
This another great list but my favorite part is the last section that is labeled "Dana's Wise Mother". I really like the ideas of having kids "lease" the TV, the dialogue journals and the summer writing projects. Hand written letters are being replaced by texting and e-mailing. Kids will not know the excitement we all felt when we used to get fun mail. Nowadays, we mostly get bills since becoming "adults" but do you remember how excited you got when you were a kid and got a real letter or card in the mail?
Well, I hope this gives you a little ammunition for the inevitable "I'm bored" statements. Make it a great summer!