The kids have been home for half the summer. That means half of summer is over. It also means they’re starting to drive you crazy and you may have run out of activities that will entertain them and even if you did have great activities you’d be too tired to implement them.
Here are a few activities that will keep kids busy:
- Color paper with white crayon and then use water colors over them. This idea was featured as a Valentine’s Day craft but you could use the same idea with any shape or just plain white paper.
- Ride bikes in their schools parking lot. Chances are the parking lot is empty and they can ride to their heart’s content. You do have to drive them to the parking lot but then you can sit there while they tire themselves out right in front of you (I’m all about any activity that involves me gaining energy while my son gets his out-that’s the only way our energy levels even out).
- Send them on a scavenger hunt. You can do this indoors or outside. Make a list for old kids or use pictures for smaller kids. They will have to give you at least five minutes to yourself in order to win their prize. If you’re really exhausted make it a long list and a good prize so it’s worth it for them to find all objects.
- Take them somewhere where they can run around and you can watch them from a distance. Mom confession: I used to take my son to this huge field that had a tree in the middle and tell him I thought I saw rabbits by the tree and had him run to see if he could find them. There were no rabbits but it gave me the few minutes of peace I needed to keep my patience when he was a little guy and I got very few breaks. I feel bad but if this is the worst thing he has to tell his therapist when he’s older than I didn’t do too bad.
- I wrote an article on some active indoor activities to get their energy out when the weather isn’t kid-friendly.
What do you do with your kids when you’ve had enough but they are raring to go? I’d love to hear your tips on how to keep kids busy for children of all ages!
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