Friday, June 12, 2009

100 Summer Boredom Busters

I had come up with some things to keep the kids busy for one of my moms group, so I thought that I would post the ideas here. Some of the ideas are for local places but I am sure that there are comparable places everywhere. Enjoy!

100 Summer Boredom Busters

  1. Check for cheap or free movie showings at local theaters
  2. library story time or go to library in morning and spend afternoon outside reading under a tree
  3. join the summer reading program at the library
  4. plant a small garden (maybe veggies in containers)
  5. spend a day at the beach
  6. make a fun lunch (everyone be in charge of part of it (i.e. dessert, drinks, etc.) and take it to the park
  7. tie dye or decorate some t-shirts (you can dye shirts that have stains on them instead of throwing them out)
  8. plan a block party
  9. slip-n-slide
  10. family bike rides (ride on new trails instead of in your neighborhood)
  11. make lemonade from lemons
  12. make juicy ices ( w/ paper cups and sticks)
  13. go get ice cream
  14. make your own ice cream
  15. paint on the sidewalk or driveway with ice/water
  16. use sidewalk chalk
  17. try to catch butterflies or fireflies
  18. make a pie with berries after going berry picking
  19. have a water balloon fight
  20. host a teddy bear or favorite stuffed toy themed picnic
  21. go bowling (very cheap rates during the day)
  22. play miniature golf (I think that Craig’s cruisers is the only place around here)
  23. make snow cones (the snoopy snow cone maker is back)
  24. pick and eat peaches
  25. play with the garden hose
  26. set up the baby pool, put it at the bottom of a slide
  27. blow bubbles (can make your own bubbly solution)
  28. have a bonfire (and eat some sores)
  29. dress up flip flops (tie pieces of fabric or ribbon around the strap)
  30. feed the ducks at a pond
  31. have a tea party
  32. have a watermelon seed spitting contest
  33. teach the kids how to bake a recipe of moms or grandmas (or if they are younger just bake with them)
  34. make a fairy village
  35. make homemade play dough
  36. tint some shaving cream, spread it in a baking pan, and doodle or write words
  37. buy a kids arts and crafts book and try a new activity each week
  38. play a tourist in grand rapids
  39. learn about a new place and have a meal based on that area
  40. go on a nature hike/photo exploration
  41. go geocaching
  42. picnic w/ a blanket on the kitchen floor on a rainy day
  43. make silly putty or slime (Instructions online)
  44. let the kids stay up late and star gaze
  45. Plan a week long camp for your kids at home (plan tradition camp activities like arts and crafts, swimming, nature hikes, bonfires, etc.) You could come up with a camp name, song, and flag. This could be something that you do every summer.
  46. have a spa day at home
  47. run through the sprinklers
  48. cloud watch
  49. build a sandcastle ( if you have a sandbox or gr township park has a big sand area)
  50. Start your own club with your kids. It could be whatever interests you (i.e. dinosaur club, etc.). Plan a fun activity related to the club each week (decorate t-shirts, make bookmarks, read books about the topic, paint figurines, make up skits, etc.)
  51. dance in the rain
  52. create a blog
  53. have a root beer float dessert night
  54. make homemade ice cream sandwiches (bake cookies or use chewy chips ahoy, scoop ice cream onto cookies, wrap in wax paper, let them freeze for an hour and enjoy)
  55. make a step stone for your garden or yard
  56. play with big boxes, turn them into a car or a fort (can call around to stores and get boxes for free from them if you don’t have any)
  57. pack up lunch and explore local state parks
  58. host a neighborhood bike wash
  59. set up a popsicle stand (or lemonade stand)

60. Paint faces

61. Have a pillow fight

62. Set up an obstacle course in your backyard

63. Bring a trash bag to a local park and help clean up (or just do this around your neighborhood).

64. Visit the humane society (they even have camps for the older kids and they can volunteer there).

65. Adopt a webkinz

66. Learn a new word and use it

67. Play dress up

68. Play a board game

69. Use binoculars to watch birds

70. Cut flowers and make a bouquet

71. Pop popcorn and watch a movie (check out a movie from red box)

72. Choreograph a dance in the living room

73. Make a scrapbook

74. Make origami

75. Write your own story and illustrate

76. Make hats (and pants and shoes) from aluminum foil

77. Play with squirt guns

78. Make stilts from empty coffee cans

79. Make a kite and fly it

80. Build a volcano

81. Make people out of marshmallows, raisins, and toothpicks

82. Climb a tree

83. Tie streamers on the ceiling fan

84. Kick the soccer ball/ shoot some hoops

85. Make life size portraits, trace around body lying on sidewalk w/ chalk and draw in body parts

86. Catch bugs

87. Organize a summer playgroup

88. Plan a treasure hunt

89. Start a neighborhood business (if your kids are older let them start a pet walking business or be a mothers helper)

90. Puzzles

91. Hold a carnival (if kids are older let them plan and organize)

92. Go swimming

93. Visit local fairs and festivals (see west Michigan list)

94. Rent a projector and hang up a sheet in your backyard or project onto your garage door, instant drive in movie

95. Go through toys and have kids pick toys to donate to charity

96. Ice and decorate cookies or cupcakes

97. Paint with pudding (can even let the kids body paint w/ it and then hose them off)

98. volunteer somewhere with your kids (even if it is just helping an elderly neighbor)

99. Make animals out of clay or pom poms

100. Go roller skating

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