I AM BORED!
Don’t you hear this from your kids within a few days of summer holidays?
I organise different holiday camps and plan a lot of activities for kids according to the different age groups. Mostly kids who attend these camps are between the age group of 5-10 years. As my girls are little older now, they are not interested in attending summer camps anymore.
I made a long list before their vacations started with both of them. Before the list of activities, I made another list with a set of instructions and they both agreed to it. It was like signing an agreement with them.
- Not more than 1 hour TV in a day until they are watching a movie.
- Compulsorily going out to play for at least 2 hours a day.
- Reading a book. (This one made them happy)
- Less time on other gadgets like laptop or I pad.
- Helping me around the house with household chores.
Moms make the rules and kids break them but we are trying. 🙂
Now the main question–
How to keep them busy in holidays?
Here is my list of 30 activities which I planned with them.
- Nonheat cooking – Bhelpuri, sandwiches, fruits chaats, salads, summer coolers etc.
- Crafts– My teen is not that interested but tween loves to do crafts. I took out some printouts for her and we went to a craft store to get whatever she wanted.
- Pottery- Different types of clays are available in the market to experiment.
- Dance and music
- Volunteering– My teen volunteers at other camps and helps out with smaller kids.
- Picnics– Plan picnic to a park
- Visit a museum or a local market
- Baking– Kids love to bake. Try baking a cake together.
- Summer parties– Organise theme parties with their friends
- Play dates
- Visit a water park
- Visit a zoo
- Go camping
- Board games– Pictionary, bingo, and Life etc. are better than playing on a laptop.
- Writing and reading– Get them some good books
- Library membership
- Movie nights
- Science experiments – There are kits available in the market or you can search on the internet for ideas.
- Website making- They will be interested in learning if they are little older.
- Scavenger hunts
- Swimming classes
- Yoga for kids
- Outdoor fun games
- Learn a musical instrument
- Learn a new language
- Stitching basics (my tween loves to do cross stitch and there are many basic kits available in the market.
- Last but not least, let them get bored too as unstructured play helps them to be little explorers. 🙂
If your kids are not ready to go to a camp or are complaining of getting bored, try some of these activities to keep them busy. But the best way to spend summer vacations is to visit cousins and family, play outdoors for hours and explore the surroundings and going on family holidays.
Do not feel guilty as a parent if you are not sending them to camp or not planning too much with them. Getting bored is good for them as it helps them to be creative.
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April 22, 2017 at 12:26 pm
Let them get bored too as unstructured play helps them to be little explorers. ?
I love this thought, Deepa!
Also, that is a great list of activities for kids, Mum’s should find it helpful.
April 22, 2017 at 12:45 pm
Thanks Mayuri..Glad you liked it 🙂
April 22, 2017 at 12:46 pm
Wow!! Exhaustive list, but it’s my go-to list for summer now. Thank you so much for making it easier for us and so many other mommies all over the world!!!!
April 22, 2017 at 12:50 pm
Thank you 🙂
April 22, 2017 at 3:15 pm
This is something that every mom must be searching for!!
April 22, 2017 at 3:38 pm
Thanks Neha 🙂
April 22, 2017 at 6:15 pm
Absolutely love the idea of making an agreement and a list of activities.I wish Deepa we lived close by.Rai would be a permanent summer camp visitor.Lovely ideas.letting them get occsionally bored is gold category advice.
April 22, 2017 at 8:51 pm
I wish the same Amrita. Thanks for reading 🙂
April 22, 2017 at 7:35 pm
Wow Deepa, this is a huge list of activities. But kids always have pre-decided in their mind what to do and when you suggest, they just stick to their own option.
April 22, 2017 at 8:54 pm
I agree..plans can just go haywire with kids but we have to try. Thanks geethica 🙂
April 22, 2017 at 7:56 pm
That was indeed an interesting list of activities to do for kids during the summer vacations. This brought back memories of my childhood. I wish I had some summer holidays now ?
April 22, 2017 at 8:55 pm
Thanks Reema 🙂
April 22, 2017 at 8:09 pm
Wonderful list ?yea, i loved the last point too. Let them get bored so that they can imagine, think and be more creative.
April 22, 2017 at 8:56 pm
Thanks Ramya..glad you liked it 🙂
April 22, 2017 at 8:38 pm
I smiled at this as I’ve just coordinated summer for my girls. They are trying four different camps for variety! First one is through their before and afterschool program – so with their friends. Then a “booster” camp where they will work on reading and math as well as go to waterparks and have some good outings. Then karate and sport camp, then bike camp! I am hoping it’s a good mix. We also have a week of family vacation in there as well somewhere 😉
April 22, 2017 at 8:58 pm
Wow..thats some list Louise. I am going to incorporate some of your ideas to keep them busy too. Family vacation sounds like fun.Thanks for reading 🙂
April 22, 2017 at 9:46 pm
That is a wonderful list Deepa, I hide the ipad many times in teh day so that Bluey finds other interests, he enjoys gardening with me.
April 22, 2017 at 10:09 pm
Thanks Tina 🙂
April 22, 2017 at 10:28 pm
What an exhaustive list buddy and it comes at what perfect time. Forced to save it ??
April 22, 2017 at 10:40 pm
Thanks Roma 🙂
April 22, 2017 at 10:59 pm
What a coincidence Deepa. I did a similar list. I am going to steal some ideas from your list. Adding bhelpuri right away to their recipe list.
April 22, 2017 at 11:43 pm
Great..Thanks for reading Tulika:)
April 23, 2017 at 12:06 am
Creativity begins with boredom. It is wrong of a parent to plan every moment of their childrens’ lives. Let them explore. Imagination needs to be fed.
April 23, 2017 at 12:11 am
Agree..Thanks for reading 🙂
April 23, 2017 at 5:17 pm
This is a wonderful compilation, Deepa! I, absolutely loved it! I have my niece and nephew who come visit us during summer vacations, and these are some great ideas to keep them occupied. I loved the Rule list as well!!
April 23, 2017 at 5:30 pm
Thanks Geet..glad you liked it 🙂
April 23, 2017 at 6:14 pm
these are brilliant ideas and I am sure even the parents would love doing these activities. And it would keep them away from TV and video games
April 23, 2017 at 6:31 pm
Thanks Raj 🙂
April 24, 2017 at 10:42 pm
I loved your ending note..of letting them get bored. Its necessary as well to get the creative juices flowing! I also loved the huge collection of activities you planned for them.
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April 25, 2017 at 11:45 am
Thanks a lot 🙂
April 25, 2017 at 12:03 am
Keeping the kids engaged and entertained during vacations is challenging. I like your list of things to do for and with kids. Am going to share these ideas with my son. 🙂
April 25, 2017 at 11:35 am
Thanks Shilpa 🙂
April 26, 2017 at 7:39 am
Those are some great ideas! With my son, we’ve put a limit on screen time and a rule that everyday reading is non negotiable. Hope to make the rest of the vacation a little more interesting!
April 26, 2017 at 10:44 am