Your children are capable of finding something constructive to do, but it is a skill they must practice. The more we allow this ability to atrophy, the more likely we are to hear “I’m bored!” These two responses will help your children improve their ability to find something creative and constructive to do.
Summer is a great time for informal learning. We will all enjoy a few weeks of no scheduled lessons and fewer extracurricular activities. And then it will hit…boredom. I’m all in favor of kids being bored. Boredom is an excellent opportunity to spark creativity, learn a new skill, or simply learn to entertain yourself. However, a couple of months of boredom can also lead to mischief and bad habits. To combat this, I try to have a few tricks up my sleeve to mix things up during the summer months. Here are some of the ways I encourage learning during our summer break with minimal planning on my part.