Beat Summer Boredom Without Breaking the Bank

As moms, we’ve almost certainly all experienced the clarion call of the restless natives, devoid of school routines in the summer!

What’s a mom to do when she’s run out of playdough and they don’t want to play another round of “I spy?”

Well, I got some help in that area last Friday, and I thought I’d share a few of the tips with you for the themed edition of Works For Me Wednesday.

Hubby and I were almost ready to go out for my birthday. We went to Cherokee Cove Christian Camp and Conference Center in the NE corner of Tennessee, to hear one of my favorite people (and singers) Laura Kaufman.

Right before the baby sitter came, the UPS man came with a package for us! It was from Primrose schools, which I had the pleasure of visiting a while back. They are launching a new website with childhood education expert Dr. Mary Zurn, called, and she has posted 10 inexpensive ideas to bust summertime boredom.

They even included supples to make a mini-scrapbook, which my children enjoyed more than the Little Debbie Double Chocolate Muffins we had the other day!

My favorite idea is the:

Beat the Boredom Jar: At the beginning of the summer, sit down with your family and brainstorm a list of activities that can be done alone or that you can enjoy doing together. Encourage your children to share their own ideas and help you decorate and label a simple jar as the family “Beat the Boredom Jar.” They’ll feel more involved in the project and more likely to think this is a “neat” idea, if they participate in the creation and idea generation. Next, write everyone’s ideas down on slips of paper and as a group decide which ones should go in the jar. Anyone in the family can pull any idea out of the jar to fight the summertime boredom blues.

Click here to see all 10 tips!

One of my ideas would be:
Musical Stories: I shared this on #GNO last night. Get out the kids favorite story, and real or make-shift musical instruments. Create a musical theme for each character and play it during the story, whenever that character is mentioned!

I think my kids will have a great time filling the jar with ideas! I’d like to start out with a couple of ideas for the kids to get their wheels turning. What should I put in the jar?

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