We’ve been experimenting and trying to think of new ways each year but it’s still really hard to keep the kids entertained, right?
Heck, we made the I’m Bored Jar already and some days I still hear them say…mum, I’m booored.
Me: *rolls eyes*
Seriously my eyes are tired from all the eye rolling. Good thing I prepared a list of activities I can occupy them with for the next two weeks…
1. Organise sleep-overs with school friends
It’s really easy to organise sleepovers, but, it will take some preparation to make it unforgettable. First, make sure to coordinate with the parents of your kid’s friends on the day, time, activities, prefrence and medical conditions. Talk to them about details and ask for things you need to note about their children.
Here are some fun activities to do on sleepovers:
If I was to hold a sleepover for my kids and their friends, I’d do it on a weekday. Weekdays are where they tend to be extreeemely bored.
2. Explore music or sports
The kids might reject the idea at first but you never really know. Your child might end up being really good at playing the guitar or playing sports. Youtube is a great start for them to learn how to play instruments.
3. Work for the day at mum or dad’s work
This one will depend on the work environments of the parents because not all workplaces let you bring your kids. But, if it’s okay, then bring your kids with you. Mentally prepare them and give out rules as to what they should or shouldn’t do. To make it more fun, let them wear office attire! Just make sure it’s comfy and kid-friendly.
4. Go camping (in the backyard)
Put up the tents, build a small fire. Let the kids sleep in sleeping bags and try cooking a meal over the coals! It’s a lovely activity on Friday or Saturday nights for the whole family!
If your kids are getting older and more mature, it’s about time to teach them how to work around the kitchen. Cooking is a life skill and it’s better to teach them slowly as they grow up. They can be in charge of washing fruits and veggies, cleaning up and measuring ingredients.
Older kids can also learn peeling veggies and cooking eggs.
6. Watch movies
This one’s probably my go-to when the kids are bored. There are lots of really great movies to watch, we have an awesome list here!
But before that, I always give conditions such as making sure all the chores are done, etc. It always works!
7. Learn how to ride a bike
I don’t know how to ride a bike and it frustrates me a lot! It’s a great way to exercise and have fun with friends or siblings.
Each year, I try my best to teach my kids to do something new. Just basic tasks like raking leaves, cleaning their rooms, folding, etc.
It’s important to teach the kids to pick up their toys while they’re young. It’s also a great way to discipline your kids whenever they fight with each other. Most house chores consists of working together so they won’t have a choice.
If you want to know more about what age-appropriate chores to teach your kids, check this post out.
9. Backyard games
Backyard games or a simple obstacle course is super fun and a great way to drain the kids’ energies!
Thank you for keeping me sane, ‘I’m Bored’ Jar. For instructions how how to make your own ‘I’m Bored’ Jar, click here!