Over the summer, it’s easy for kids to start getting bored. Boredom sets in and before you can take a deep breath, you are disturbed by the sound of mischief, whining, and possibly tears of restlessness. While there’s no such thing as a completely smooth summer experience with kids in the house, you can take away a lot of the unnecessary snags by playing games and involving your kids in stimulating activities. They not only keep boredom at bay, but keep your home a little less chaotic.
Just because there are no oceans in Ohio doesn’t mean there is a lack of summer fun to be had by kids of all ages. It’s important to do activities as a family, not forgetting the fun factor. If you can even slip a bit of education in with the games, you automatically win.
You already know what kinds of things your child likes. Are they fanatic about zoo animals, cars, or Disney characters? Take an inventory of what they like and then let your creativity go to work. If you’re so inclined to create your own games, do that. If you need a little help from the creative geniuses who came before you, Pinterest is a great place to start.
Search Pinterest for games involving elements your child likes. If your child is an only child, invite neighborhood kids to play these games with them so everyone gets more interaction with those in their age group, which is a vital part of social development.
For more research, read into some parenting magazines. Searching their websites for activities and games geared toward your child’s age group and interests will show you possibilities you didn’t know existed.
Be sure that you are enjoying the activities and games with your child. They are looking to you for approval and guidance. When they see you are having a good time, they will automatically have more fun. Also, when you know they are having fun, you will experience more enjoyment yourself.