12 Kids’ Activities to Battle Summer Boredom

Kids Activities

Has it started already at your house?  It has at mine.

“There’s nothing to do.  I’m boooooooooooored.”

Remove the structure of school and lengthen the days a bit, and suddenly my kids can’t figure out what to do with themselves, aside, of course, from making each other miserable.  If you’re in the same boat, here are a few simple activities that may bring some boredom relief that lasts more than 3 minutes.

1.  Draw a chalk scene and then take a picture with your kid(s) in it.  How fun does this look?!  Ask them to draw their favorite place, somewhere they’d like to visit, or what they want to be when they grow up.  Just make sure you get the scale right.  (Source: http://www.theburghbaby.com/adventures-in-chalk/adventures-in-chalk/)

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2.  Make a mini-marshmallow shooter.  This one is super-simple and could provide for hours of fun.  Set up targets to knock down (toilet paper rolls would be good for this), or put out a big bowl and see how many they can get in there in a minute.  And if you’re anti-marshmallow, just use little pom-poms or wadded up pieces of paper towel. (Source: http://southbury.macaronikid.com/article/293719/science-fun-summer-craft-marshmallow-shooter)

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3.  Create some Pencil Eraser Dot Art.  Have your kids channel their inner Seurat and use the eraser-ends of pencils to stamp out some pointillism using either paint or ink pads.  You could first draw or print out a template, or just let them go freestyle with their own design. (Source: http://krokotak.com/2012/03/sartse-s-gumitchka/)

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4.  Go fishing using paper clips and magnets… and a few more household items.  Write words or draw pictures on the backs of the fish to up the ante and make it a matching game, too. (Source: http://www.allkidsnetwork.com/crafts/animals/fish/magnet-fishing-game.asp)

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5.  Make a Hallway Laser Maze out of crepe paper.  Inexpensive, hard to get injured with, and fairly easy to clean up.  Ding ding ding! (Source: http://www.brassyapple.com/2013/05/diy-laser-maze-kids-activity.html?m=1)

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6.  Glue some googly eyes on paper and let your kids create the creatures that go with them.  (Source: http://www.houseofbabypiranha.com/2012/07/wiggly-eye-drawing-starter.html)

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7.  Cut up some drinking straws to make some “beads.”  The more cuts, the smaller the beads!  (Source: http://www.iammommahearmeroar.net/search?updated-max=2012-04-16T06:00:00-06:00&max-results=6)

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8.  Make a time capsule.  Recycle a soda or water bottle to create a time capsule – have your child draw or make lists of their favorite things, movies, and books, and maybe add in a current page from a newspaper or magazine.  Bury it in the yard and mark the spot with a rock.  (Source: http://www.cometogetherkids.com/2012/12/new-years-eve-time-capsule.html)

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9.  Create a life-size Self Portrait.  This one is always a winner with my kids.  Have them lay down and trace their full body onto a piece of large paper, then let them add on their hair, face, and clothes with crayons or markers.  Or, if you’re outside, do it on the driveway with sidewalk chalk.  (Source: http://www.passionatehomemaking.com/2011/09/simple-toddler-learning-activities.html)

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10.  Make a family of StoneFaces.  A few stones, some glue, and a Sharpie is all you need.  (Source: http://www.ingelaparrhenius.com/archives/stonefaces)

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11.  Make some coffee filter “tie dye” art.  I did this one with my preschool art classes and it was a huge hit, and simpler than you might think.  Just take coffee filters (cut them into shapes if you want to), and let the kids scribble all over them with washable markers.  Then, put them individually onto a plastic plate (not a paper plate)  and give them 3 or 4 good squirts with a water bottle.  Watch the colors run into a cool tie-dye effect, and once they dry, hang them in the window.  (Source: http://www.meaningfulmama.com/2013/01/tie-dye-coffee-filter-valentine-heart.html)

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12.  Create a “real” tree picture.  Go on a quick scavenger hunt at the park or in the yard to find some good twigs, glue them onto some cardboard, and then add leaves made of whatever you want – cut up pieces of paper, buttons, bottlecaps, Starburst wrappers – anything you can find.  (Source:http://blog.zui.com/2011/11/create-tree-art-with-these-fall-crafts-for-kids/fall-crafts-for-elementary-school-children/)

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Hopefully, some of these activities will help your kids recover from their boredom affliction.  At least, until tomorrow.

Easily pin all of these activity ideas over on our Kid Activities Pinterest board.

Do you have any boredom busters that your kids love?  Share them in the Comments below!

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