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For the Sake of Summer Fun, Let's End Boredom, Here and Now!

Jun 11, 2008
I'm bored with nothing do! I know you'll never hear that in your own home!

Tried reading the work of Peter Spier, Bored, Nothing to Do? It talks about two siblings who were so bored to the point their mother takes them outside to quit playing video games and watching TV. While in their garage, they build an full-size airplane and male it fly. Didn't read the book yet? Pick up a copy today. Whether your 7, 17, 47, it doesn't matter, you'll still enjoy it. That also means I'm reading it again.

The airplane "project" results from boredom. There are two solutions to your kids' boredom I want to share with you. I think both have positive outcomes for your children this summer and hope you will share these with your friends & family.

There was an article by our local librarrian last fall. She pointed out that if kids get bored it produces creativity. Think it out. If your kids are bored, they will look for something to do on their own. Creativity is necessary to be able to imagine and come up with your own project. The 2 brothers in Spier's book, Remember them? They were so bored and soon sets in creativity to enable them to build & fly an airplane.

Bearing this in mind, you've got to provide an environment that stimulates your kids' minds. It can be as simple as blocks in the attic or more complex like basketwork or building Lego toys. If your children are bored, they'll use those items to become creative in their play. Most of the time, young boys and girls don't like being bored so their imagination kicks in with the right environment.

Letting them overcome boredom with their own projects makes you see your child's real passion and interest.

Another solution to boredom is pointing out places your children could go to cure their boredom. If your son simply sits on the couch staring at the ceiling, remind him of the boxes of legos in his closet or the race track pieces under his bed. When your daughter lies on her bed with nothing to do, mention the basket of art supplies in the family room. You get the idea.

I realize busy moms don't always have time to remember suggestions for your kids to encourage creativity. Here's a list I share every summer with my subscribers. Not only do I share it with my subscribers, I read it myself and choose a few I'd like to do with my own children. www.curriculumconnection.net/blog/2007/06/26/bored-nothing-to-do-this-summer/

You can print the list, cut them out and put each one in a jar. Let your kids choose one when they are "bored". By the way, this list was sent to me years ago and I don't know its origin.
About the Author
To get ready for the upcoming school year, Kerry Beck offers her special audio download at Home School Material. This summer she also offers you a special mini-course, "How to Get It All Done" at Christian Homeschool Curriculum.
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