Keeping Busy, 6 Ways to Keep the Kids Entertained

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Without the structure of traditional school, kids can often be found wandering around the house, muttering “I’m bored” all day long. For parents who are currently working from home, this can be particularly challenging.

Don’t worry, friends! We’ve got you covered. Here are six ways to keep your kids busy.

dance1. Pursue a passion.

Through the beauty of the internet, it’s possible to learn about virtually anything you want. Teach your kids how to perform responsible searches and seek out videos, books, and articles to help them learn more about topics that interest them.

If your kids want to learn a skill, brainstorm the steps they might need to take to get good at their skill. For example, if your child wants to be better at a sport, find some quality instructive videos, virtual classes, and books. Then, emphasize that your child will need to practice. Between reading and doing, your child should be occupied for a couple of hours each day.

 

2. Go outside.

Parents, this means you, too. It’s good for people to go outside and have fun outdoors while the weather is nice. Take advantage of all the sunshine summer has to offer.
Check out local hiking trails.summer
Plant a garden.
Play sports with your kids.
Go for walks or ride your bikes around the neighborhood.
Teach your kids games you used to play as a kid.

Everyone needs some quality time outside, so resist the urge to shoo your kids outside to buy some peace and quiet inside. Instead, take a break and join them.

3. Keep an activity jar.

Sit down with your kids and brainstorm activities they could do. Don’t forget to include important tasks like dish duty, emptying the trash, folding the laundry, and other essential duties. Then, whenever your kids tell you they’re bored, you can have them pull a piece of paper from the activity jar. Theoretically, they could do that all day until all the pieces of paper have been pulled and completed.

4. Make a movie.

Again, with the technology available today, anything is possible. Have your kids work together to create a story and characters. Then, turn them loose with a charged cell phone or webcam and see what they come up with.

5. Break out the board games.

Most families own a ton of games that never get played.  This is the perfect time to clean out the game cabinet, play them all then decide which ones to keep and which to donate when life settles down again.  Use google or Youtube to learn a few new games that can be played with a standard deck of playing cards.

6. Practice stillness.

With all the hustle and bustle, we can sometimes forget that it’s okay to do nothing.  What better time to learn the art of stillness than right now?  Let them try a breathing app, visualization techniques, online yoga, or try learning meditation.

Furthermore, it’s okay to be bored. By allowing yourself or your kids to be bored, you give the brain time to shut down and rest. In this time of stillness, you can really decide what you wish you were doing.

This is an important skill for kids to learn. Parents and teachers won’t always be around to tell them what to do and when to do it. Kids need to learn how to appropriately fill their time with rewarding activities that bring them joy.