My boys have been out of school for a solid month now and some of the fun has already run out of summer. They only last 20 minutes on the Slip-n-Slide, they've had enough of the heat and even watching a TV show is not enticing.
While I love seeing what happens when their boredom becomes imagination and creative play, sometimes we all need a little inspiration.
Previously I shared my list of QUIET activities and elaborated here on how to do Quiet Stations. These lists today are helpful when the kids need to release their energy in a productive way (rather than sword-fighting and pillow-fighting all through the house). Most often it only takes ten minutes of directed play with Mom to spark a whole new set of their own ideas.
1. Play Simon Says, Charades, Going on a Bear Hunt, or Telephone.
2. Play Hide and Seek or Red Light, Green Light in the house.
3. Play Musical Chairs around the kitchen table.
4. Play Balloon Volley. Blow up a balloon and treat it like a slow game of Hot Potato.
5. Have a car race. Set up a start and a finish line in a long carpet free area and race small cars.
6. Interpretive Dance Party. Play various types of music and have them dance accordingly. When the music stops everyone must freeze into position.
1. Use sidewalk chalk to make a Hopscotch or Foursquare grid.
2. Have an old-fashioned Bike "car wash". Bring out the sponges and soap and give the family bikes a good cleaning.
3. Create a backyard water park. Fill up the kiddie pool, slip-n-slide and a sprinkler. Hold the hose while the kids run around and try not to get hit by the water.
4. Play Sock Toss. Put a small heavy ball into the toe of a long sock. Everyone gets turns trying to toss it the farthest. Make one for each person and play ring toss.
5. Running Races. We have our kids run around the house and they love being timed.
6. Create a bicycle obstacle course in the driveway. Place cones or small objects and instruct the kids to try to ride around them.
7. Paint with mud. Gather a painter's paintbrush and a bucket of water mixed with soil to form a runny paste. Paint the sidewalk or driveway and let the rain clean up the mess later!
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