Fun Summer Activities for National Anti-Boredom Month

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(Photo by Wes Peck)

Although boredom can strike anyone, it is especially troublesome for children. And in our busy world, when a child who is used to constant activity and shuttling from soccer practice to choir to the tutor and more, having an absence of things to do can be a real challenge.

Any parent knows that when a child is too quiet is when you better go check and see what kind of mischief he or she is getting into. Children who are bored have to invent things to keep themselves occupied, and those things might not meet with their parents’ approval.

It’s important for parents to help children develop the ability to be creative, from a very early age, and learn to amuse themselves in age-appropriate ways. Because children cram so many activities into their lives, many children are losing the skill to think up new activities to try.

The ability for children to use their imagination needs to be nurtured early. Make it become a habit for them to think creatively and resourcefully.

Celebrate National Anti-Boredom month with some ideas to help you get through the long summer days of July:

Allow toddlers to have lots of messy playtime, where they are not structured or forced to be neat and clean. It helps to develop creativity, helps them to think outside the norm. Give them lots of different types of materials to create with such as blocks, Playdough, finger paint, different types of paper, ribbons, and fabric. Have an area or lay down a drop cloth so they can be as messy as desired.

Read to your child and find out their interests and encourage them. A child with a passion can amuse themselves for hours with books on topics they love.

If a child is interested in something like exploring space, let them be creative by painting stars on their walls, building a spaceship, or recording their own story about living on another planet.

If your child likes to play pretend, provide materials for him or her to make costumes, play dress-up, or set a stage.

Even boredom can be good for a child because it forces them to use their thinking skills and create. Try creating a “Boredom Buster” jar and having at least ten activities written on pieces of paper to pull out when boredom strikes.

Some suggested activities for your jar include planning a treasure hunt, making an obstacle course, washing the dog, making a zoo with stuffed animals, planting a terrarium, making sock puppets, and painting the bathtub with liquid hand soap, cornstarch, and food coloring.

Although no parent wants to hear his or her child say, “I’m bored,” it’s not the end of the world. Being without anything to do can encourage children to develop new skills, use their brains, and entertain themselves.

Do you have suggestions for ways to beat the heat? What are some of the fun summer activities your family and friends enjoy? Tell us! Leave a comment below or join our Twitter conversation.

About Cindy Readnower

Cindy Readnower, MBA, specializes in sales, marketing, and entrepreneurship. An award-winning certified Life Coach, business consultant, and publisher at Skinny Leopard Media, she helps writers produce and promote their books. She is a newspaper columnist, author of "Inherited Secrets," and a blogger.

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