11 Ways to Combat Boredom with Your Kids Right Now

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Let me start off by saying that I asked for my 5 year olds input on this. When I asked him what he liked to do when he was bored he said “ Umm….Sit around and watch T.V. all day”. Obviously this is not always the best option. A lot of times when kids are bored, they just need some extra attention. I know you are probably thinking “How is that possible, I give them attention all day!” But stop and really think about it. Are you really 100% engaged with your children for more than a few minutes at a time? Are you looking them in the eyes when they talk, are you truly responding to them when they ask questions? A lot of times we are engaged in other activities while still trying to entertain them and believe me they know it. When I notice my kids starting to act out or just flat out saying they are bored or asking for time with me, then I know it’s time to get involved.

Here are 11 Things I like to do with my kids to help combat the boredom.

  1. Dance Party – Just turn on some music and dance! Kids LOVE this. Not only does it get some of that energy out, it’s a fun time for them to watch you and dance with you! Just 10 minutes will make a big difference and also get you moving and motivated!dance-party
  2. Chores – This may seem counterproductive to what I was saying about “all” of your attention, but you would be surprised at how much kids just want to help! They see you doing dishes, cooking, cleaning the bathroom and dusting, and more times than not they just want to be involved. Get out the dusting spray and let them spray the tables and you wipe them down. Use this time to talk about the day or ask your child questions. Again this makes a BIG difference in their attitudes.
  3. Hide and Seek – Who doesn’t love hide and seek? Put away your cell phone and play this for 30 minutes or so. You’ll get a good laugh!
  4. Go Outside – Again, put down your cell phone and take the kids outside. Run around in the grass and play tag, go on a walk or ride your bikes. The fact that you are playing with them and are outside getting some good Vitamin D is enough to make the kids happy for a least a couple hours! 20161011_175709
  5. Play Date – Sometimes kids just need to be around other kids! Call your friend and go hang out!
  6. Research Something – I LOVE to do this with the kids. They are so interested in electronics and I definitely limit screen time in my house, but every now and then it is good to ask the kids what kinds of bug they saw outside, or what is something they want to learn about and then look it up online! Find pictures and facts and talk about them together! This week we learned about butterflies and dolphins (:
  7. Cook Something – This is another thing kids just want to be involved in. Look up kid friend recipes on pintrest (I will post some as well) and find one that sounds good. Get those kiddos in the kitchen and bust out the pots and pans. They will be so happy you are letting them help you!
  8. Make a Blanket Fort – This is a fun one! Grab some extra sheets and light blankets and get creative! Have the kids help you set it up and then pretend you are camping! We love making forts!
  9. Play a Board Game – Being engaged in a board game is always fun for the kids. They love trying to the winner and love that you are spending time with them. I Love playing matching games and chutes and ladders.
  10. Blow Bubbles – Kids Love bubbles. They love blowing bubbles, they love smashing bubbles, they love chasing bubbles. You can NEVER go wrong with bubbles! Inside or outside they are always fun!
  11. Do a Workout – Get those kids moving! Run around the house, do jumping jacks, pushups or yoga. They will be so excited you are playing with them, and it’s mutually beneficial! I love including my kids in my workouts. It makes them go by faster and teaches them to be healthy!

 

There Ya Go!

What are some things you like to do when your kids are bored?

Leave me comment and let me know!

Thanks

  • The Tug Wife

 

 

3 COMMENTS

  1. Lori Yerry | 27th Jan 17

    I LOVE your point on our engagement level. I catch myself getting caught up with the day to day necessities sometimes & have to take a step back. It is so important to engage 100% & these ideas are perfect for simple, at home entertainment! #fdflinkparty

  2. Valerie - Mom is Such a Nerd | 27th Jan 17

    Love these ideas! They are great ways to really bond and enjoy your children. We love going outside and playing board games too. In fact the kids and I were just trying to narrow our favorites down to 5 for a post of our top 5 on of these days. haha 🙂 Chutes and ladders is definitely super fun! Good way to practice dealing with disappointment lol! Great points on boredom too.

  3. Patty Gordon | 1st Feb 17

    It’s freezing here right now and all my kids want to do is ride bikes. It wouldn’t be THAT bad but I have a horrible cold and cough so I sound like I’m dying while I sit outside.

    Good thing is, the kids have found some other kids in the neighborhood to play with. One kid has lived about two blocks away for 8 years and I’ve never seen him before! I hate our neighborhood for that. We have a lot of parents that commute so the kids are all in daycare. I’m one of the only stay at home moms with kids around.

    Thank you for participating in this week’s #fandayfriday link party! I hope you get some great traffic to your site this week and hope to see more of your blog posts at next week’s party!

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