Keeping the little ones busy this summer can be hard work. Their constant need for entertainment can quickly wear you out. If the shrill cries of "I'm bored!" are threatening to drive you insane, check out these easy and cheap ways to amuse the kids this summer.
If your child enjoys a day spent in the great outdoors, why not let them try their hand at gardening? If you have the space for it and they have the motivation, it could prove to be an inexpensive way to keep the kids occupied. Seed packages can be found almost anywhere, such as the grocery store or a home improvement shop. Even better, they're usually just a few bucks apiece. Not only will this activity help your kids escape summer boredom, it will also give them something in which they can take pride. At the end of the summer, when your family is enjoying the tomatoes and cucumbers that were grown in your backyard, the kids will be proud of their hard work. Another plus, it might even be a breeze to get them to eat their vegetables.
This may seem obvious, but taking your kids to the library is a great way to spend a summer afternoon. Many libraries plan several summertime activities for kids and you're sure to find something that your child will enjoy. The little ones will look forward to story time, while older children can get in on crafting and trying their hand at story writing. Of course, the library also rents out books, but did you know some rent out movies, music and even computer games? If fun crafts don't get your child excited for the library, all the available media is sure to do the trick.
If you want to make sure your kid's brains are still plugged into the power over the summer, make their free time fun as well as educational. Take the summer months to become acquainted with your town's history. Every town, whether big or small, has a story. Learn what brought the earliest settlers to your neck of the woods and what made them stay. What kind of industry did your town originally boast? Does anyone famous hail from your city? Hit up the library, city hall or local museums to find out what makes your town unique. Your kids will enjoy investigating and heck, you might learn something too.
If you're still at a loss, don't forget the oldest summer traditions. If one is nearby, spend some time at the beach. If you don't have that luxury, keep cool by making homemade ice cream as a family. Taking the dog for a walk or visiting the park are two more great ways to spend a few sunny hours. If you have industrious kids (and an excellent location), put up a lemonade stand. Whip up some no-bake cookies to enjoy a delicious snack without turning on the oven. Whatever you do, do something you enjoy and do it together.
This summer, when your child complains about their boredom, meet them with a plan. Get them outside, get them active, or get them reading. Just remember, summer doesn't have to be a boring for anybody.