“I’m Bored!” What to Do When Kids Complain
What’s a parent to do when the kids say”I’m bored!”?
Whether it’s winter break, spring break, summer break or just another rainy day, we’re often stuck. At a loss for what to do to entertain our kids, we give in to our more base instincts by allowing them to watch much too much TV and eat junky food in an effort to buy ourselves more time. For shame. Thankfully there are some simple rainy day activities for kids that moms and dads can pull off without too much effort. These can be used throughout the year, whenever you see your little one starts to demand some entertainment from you.
Here is a radio interview that I did with CJAD 800 to provide my top tips to keep kids busy over the holidays. Fortunately these tips are great to follow any time the kids are going a bit crazy. Use them whenever you need them 😉
Top 5 Rainy Day Activities For Kids
1) Cooking, baking, candlestick making: It’s about keeping the kids occupied. Cooking is always a good way of entertaining children. Keep the kids occupied by planning a special cooking project or two that they can enjoy. How about baking some cookies and cakes that they’ve never made before? How about a full meal, from appetizers to entrees to dessert? Shopping for the goods and actually preparing them will take up enough time to keep them entertained and engaged.
2) Local museums and galleries – Many museums and galleries have family-friendly entertainment and activities year-round, and for reasonable prices, if not free. Now’s the time to check them out and make the best of your local sites. Consider a visit to your local science centre, art gallery and similar and make a day of it with the kids. Culture’s always a good thing, right?
3) Arts and Crafts – A tried and true distraction, arts and crafts can keep the children entertained for hours, if planned correctly. There are a number of simple activities that parents can arrange that the kids would find interesting and fun. Go to your local dollar store and buy some inexpensive supplies such as glue, construction paper, glitter, etc. and let the kids go to town. You’d be surprised at how creative the kids can get. Gear the activities towards your child’s age group and let them use their imaginations.
4) Outdoor activities – Whether it’s spring break, summer holidays or the dead of winter, fresh air and outdoor activities are always a good idea for antsy kids. The winter season is often a great time to enjoy cold-weather activities such as skating, tobogganing or building snowmen. Summer, of course, brings warm weather, swimming and outdoor sports. In this age of technology and video games, everything that’s old is new again. Encourage your kids to “kick it old school” - literally - and hand them a football (or basketball, or baseball).
5) Free Entertainment – Libraries and community centers have a number of activities geared towards children that are often free or at a very nominal price. As well, city-run programs that are outdoor often include children’s entertainment. Now’s the time to take advantage of those hard-spent tax dollars for municipal and city programs. Check ’em out and bring the kids along as well.[/color-box]