Bored Kids Driving You Bonkers During School Holidays?

Kids complaining that they’re bored is one of the not so fun sides of parenthood. But no matter how resourceful you are, every one of us has to deal with it! School holidays can be particularly tiresome, but with a few tricks up your sleeve you can help to thwart boredom. Here are a few ideas to try next time your child has time off school.

Arrange Some Days Out

Rather than be cooped up indoors, arrange a few days out or activities where you’re out of the house. Bike rides or walks in the woods are a great way to get some exercise and fresh air- you could pack up a picnic and make a day of it. You could arrange a day at a theme park, a museum which has exhibits for kids, a trip to the zoo- anything that gets you out of the house and a change of scenery. If you’re working to a tight budget you could arrange one ‘special’ day out and then search for free or low-cost options for the rest of the week.

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Buy a Bounce House

Let's face it, is there anything more fun and exciting to kids than a bounce house? You’re guaranteed hours of entertainment, it gets them out of the house (and away from their screens) and is good exercise too. If you were feeling enthusiastic, you could even let them invite a few friends over. You could look online for a bounce house for sale or to rent, and once it’s set up you’re off the hook- no more kids nagging they’re bored!

Discover a New Hobby

A new hobby is a surefire way to keep kids occupied. It could be a new kind of craft, collecting things, a new sport, gardening, photography- anything to keep their mind entertained! Having a hobby is productive and teaches new skills, generally the kinds of things that are not taught in the classroom. It keeps young minds inquisitive and is generally a great way for kids to spend their time. Try and discover hobbies that you can do together, as well as things they can do independently. That way if you’re busy and have other things you need to do, they can get on with it on their own.

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Think of Some Rainy Day Activities

Getting outdoors and getting some fresh air and exercise is great. But the weather doesn’t always allow it. If you have school holidays coming up, come up with some ideas that you can do in the house that doesn’t just consist of watching tv or playing computers. Pinterest is an excellent source of information for fun yet educational activities, so have a look if you’re stuck for ideas. You could bake, build a blanket fort or have a board game day. Whatever it is, planning some activities and having some things to fall back on will prevent moany bored kids!

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How do you deal with boredom in the school holidays?

This post was written by a contributing writer.

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