"We are bored, there is nothing to do!"
This classic children's mantra drives the parents' nuts. Especially if you practice careful parenting and limit screen time, it can be challenging to keep your children busy when they are not in school. Inviting them to help you with a project can be the perfect way to engage their creativity, help them build confidence and teach them problem solving.
Here are 13 ideas to keep boredom in the distance and help your children learn at the same time.
first Baking and Cooking
Kids love to make cakes, cookies and all kinds of sweet candies. Encourage them to join you in the kitchen to whip up a yummy snack. Try to create your own cake flavor, fresh take on brownies or pudding. Baking is a great activity to integrate some chemistry education into fun.
2nd Frozen Goodies
Meet kids where they live by recruiting them to help you make some cool desserts like popsicles. Ask them what cool new flavors they want to try. Popsicles can especially be stored in the freezer almost all year.
3rd Popsicle stick fun
Popsicle sticks are the ultimate staple. Help your little engineers use them to create birdhouses, dollhouses and photo frames for their favorite photos. Provide them with paints and brushes and other items that they can use to decorate their projects. Join and show them that you like to have fun too, and inspire them with your more advanced designs.
4th Make board games
Inspire a little thinking about rules and fun by creating your own board games with the kids. Help them come up with a theme and get some cardboard or billboard and create your own games space. Use things that are around the house for game pieces and don't forget to give awards to reward their innovative work.
5. Nursery Gardens
Use the tops of carrots to learn an introduction to gardening class! Plant cuttings in pots with dirt and watch them grow in the coming weeks. Seeds are also fun, they only take longer to develop. While you wait for the little garden to come to fruition, help your little friends paint the pots bright colors, or add tinsel and other craft products to express their personal taste.
6th Potato Trick
Remember when you were little and your mom cut out shapes of an old cold potato? Do the same with your children and then dip them in acrylic paints. They can make funny pictures with canvas or billboards and use the potatoes as printed stamps.
7th Friendship bracelets and macaroni necklaces
Design the boxes with macaroni or rigatoni, elastic colors and glitter. Kids can make macaroni necklaces to their heart's content with these materials. They can also use yarn or colored strings to braid and make bracelets that they can sport with any clothing.
8th Chalk Drawings
Show kids that they can be artists with colored chalk and some imagination. Tell the kids to draw their favorite insects, cartoon or whatever they find this week in your own driveway or on your patio. Chalk washes away easily, so no need to panic that your property is damaged.
ninth Ceramics and more
Make handmade Playdough by mixing two cups of full-time flour, 3/4 cup of salt, four teaspoons of cream tartar, two cups of lukewarm water and two tablespoons of vegetable oil. Add food coloring in different batches for even more fun. Store in plastic bags to maintain the foundations for all types of creative projects, such as flower pots, photo frames, stars and moons, and small characters. Let the dough dry overnight if they do something they really love. The next day they can paint and decorate to their liking.
10th Old-fashioned lemonade stand
This summer staple never gets old and kids love it. Have them make their own lemonade stand with a large box or build one of wood. Tune into your neighborhood and see the fun take over. For many children, this is the first class in their lifelong MBA.
11. Buttons, Ribbons and Fabrics
Use these items to decorate and decorate sneakers, T-shirts and more. Let the children get wild with objects that you have collected in your sewing box, just make sure you monitor the needle time.
12th Spare socks
We all have those socks where you have mysteriously disappeared in a laundry load. Pull out these borrowers and make some hand puppets and dolls with your little natural artists. Use yarn, string, fabric, buttons and paints to decorate the socks to create dragons, monsters, princesses or superheroes.
thirteenth String Popcorn
It's not just for holiday decorations! Pop a large bowl of popcorn, collect thread and a large needle. Let the kids pretend that it's the holiday season and decorate their bedroom or playroom, or help them string popcorn necklaces they can wear and whine on later when they're hungry.