We are getting ready for summer! Only a few days left of school…yikes! I look forward to summer, right up until the very first child says “I’m bored.” When the usual, “You have 5 million toys and crafts to play with” doesn’t work – this year I have a back up plan. I have created an “I’m Not Bored” jar. Inside this simple mason jar is a plethora of kid friendly options. Each time the kids are looking for something to do, they simply reach inside the jar and pull out an activity. Let’s face it, sometimes when the kids are bored, it’s really hard to think of something they can do. Here’s what goes into an “I’m Not Bored” jar.
1. create a list of age appropriate, easy and fun activities for kids to do
2. print, or write, this list on paper and cut into strips
3. add an “I’m Bored” label to your mason jar
4. drop in the slips of paper
5. store the jar in a spot that is accessible
Some examples of activities
- read 2 books that you have never read before
- make a family of _______ using toilet paper rolls
- paint a rock
- water the houseplants
- make a fort inside or outside
- paint a blank canvas
- draw a portrait of your sibling/parent
- eat an apple
- invite 4 stuffies to a tea party
This same idea can be applied to creating a summer activity jar. Sit with the kids and create a list of things you all want to do this summer. Print and place those slips in a jar. Either in the evening, or on the morning of a day when you have nothing planned – pick a slip of paper out. Instant plans for the day! Ideas for this jar might include pack a picnic lunch, run through the sprinkler, go to a totally different park or wear your clothing backwards for the day!
Parents need every tool we can lay our hands on to have a successful and peaceful summer vacation. What’s in your jar?