Tuesday, April 13, 2010

How to Beat Summertime Boredom

By: Beth Letzsch, Owner, Primrose Schools of Thornton, Stapleton & Reunion

Children and families often find themselves looking for fun activities to fill the extra daylight hours that summer brings. At Primrose, we balance fun and learning each day with engaging activities, such as virtual field trips, creative art projects, dramatic play and more to beat summertime boredom.

Here are a few suggestions from Primrose teachers for planning summer fun that will keep the entire family busy all summer long.

Summer Fun for the Whole Family:
Create a Boredom Buster Jar. Take some time at the beginning of the summer to create a plan to ward off summer boredom before it starts. First, brainstorm a list of simple activities that members of the family can do when they get bored. Next, decorate a jar and label it with “Boredom Buster Jar.” Write your ideas on slips of paper and place them inside the jar. The next time someone in the family says, “I’m bored,” encourage them to draw an activity from the jar. Ideas for the jar include:
-Bake cookies with an adult.
-Run through the sprinklers in the backyard.
-Have a family picnic.
-Read a book.
-Draw a picture.
-Write a story about a vacation spot or a fun place you visited.
-Paint a picture.

Enjoy a favorite book together. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy favorite books together as a family. Books are easy to pack in beach bags, on summer vacations, etc. and are quick and easy ways to beat summer boredom. Elementary-aged children may even decide to start or join a summer reading contest or book club. Below are a few titles that children at Primrose Schools are enjoying this summer:
-Flip Flop Bob by Matt Novak
-Duck on a Bike by David Shannon
-How I Spent My Summer Vacation by Mark Teague
-Ten Flashing Fireflies by Philemon Sturges
-Summer by Ron Hirschi

Start a Summer Scrapbook or Memory Jar. Purchase or make a scrapbook or jar, then start collecting small mementos and souvenirs from summer vacations, trips and activities. Label and/or decorate the items, then add them to your family’s Summer Scrapbook or Memory Jar.

Create together. Use crayons, markers, paper, paint and more to get the creative juices flowing. Sit at the kitchen table and create works of art together. Encourage conversations about your child’s artwork by using phrases such as “tell me about your drawing” instead of standard comments such as “I like your picture.” You may also search online for additional art and craft ideas.

FamilyFun.com - http://familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts/
Wondertime.com - http://wondertime.go.com/create-and-play/

Put on a family play or musical performance. Young children love to dress up and pretend. Break out your child’s costumes and dress up clothes and make up a story around the characters as you go. Feeling more musical? Make musical instruments out of pots/pans, wooden spoons, oatmeal canisters, etc. and play along to your family’s favorite songs or play some music and hold a dance contest.

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