Kids playing video games all day? This easy exercise is guaranteed to inspire them

galaxyfaraway_blogThe wind is gently blowing, the sun is shining and the day is open to virtually any possibility. Yet your kid prefers to sit on the couch playing video games. If you’re at your wit’s end with your child’s preference for virtual reality versus the real deal, it’s time to step in with some inspiration.

As a parent, you can help your child discover some great activities that appeal to their interests and support their learning in the process. A great place to start is to create a “boredom board.” This is a white board or large piece of paper where you both brainstorm activity possibilities.

Directions: Anything that seems interesting goes on the board. When kids have nothing to do, simply visit the board for inspiration. Make it a living document they can add to all summer long. Plus, review at the end of the season to see how many things get checked off!

Here are some awesome possible activities to get your boredom board started:

Summer projects: They may not admit it, but children like to spend time with their parents. Try setting a common goal to work on a project together. Build a tree house, create a fairy garden or sew a quilt together. You’ll learn lots and enjoy a great sense of accomplishment.

Kitchen science experiments: What happens when you mix water and baking soda? How about water and cooking oil? Record your results and talk about the chemistry that causes each reaction. Remember, always supervise children when conducting any experiment.

Get crafty: Visit Pinterest or check out a craft book from the library. Select a few crafts of interest and head to the store for supplies. If it’s a nice day, lay out a blanket and let your creativity shine while enjoying the outdoors.

Join a library reading club: Most libraries have a summer reading program for kids. Sign your child up so they can earn rewards. There also might be a special kids’ reading club that will help them meet new friends.

Minion-BLOGBricks 4 Kidz summer camps: STEM learning is loads of fun when your child attends a Bricks 4 Kidz camp. Hosted by educational experts, there are many exciting themes like World of Amusement and Galaxy Far Away. Learn more at www.Bricks4Kidz.com.

Museum classes: Have a little artist or historian on your hands? Many museums and universities offer summer classes for kids in a variety of subjects, including painting, photography, archaeology and genealogy.

Map out routes: Look up paths and neighborhoods to explore in your city, map out routes and then head out for a walk or bike ride. Pack a snack and enjoy each other’s company while getting some exercise.

Word rocks: Get artistic and spread some love by collecting rocks, painting each a color and then writing inspirational words on the surface. Pass them out to friends, neighbors or to residents at a local nursing home.

Finally, remember that parents are children’s best role models. Set limits on video games and TV for kids, but also for yourself!

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