Summer Boredom Busters for Kids

August 20, 2019 | Teresa

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Summer boredom is real. When I was young, and the summer was winding down, I remember I was so bored one day that I actually played a game called "Five Rocks" (yes, you read that correctly). It literally consisted of getting five rocks, placing them on your hand, throwing them up in the air and trying to catch all of them at the same time. Oh the joys of summer boredom (I really don't miss those days).

So how can you help your child beat summer boredom? Here are some tried and true boredom busters that I recommend, and I promise none of them include any rocks.

Go on a Nature Scavenger Hunt

Ok, maybe I lied. But I promise only this activity will include the use of rocks. Try going on a nature scavenger hunt. Compile a list of common items that can be found in the great outdoors (like rocks, animal tracks, birds and puddles) and start hunting. If you are looking for some inspiration, try completing the Nature Scavenger Hunt that can be found in this year's TD Summer Reading Club notebook. There is something in it for the whole family.

Make Your Own Ice Cream

If, like me, your child loves ice cream then I suggest you get crafty in the kitchen by making your own. All you need is milk, sugar, vanilla extract, ice and salt to make your very own sweet treat. Try using this Ice Cream in a Bag recipe from Food Network and kick it up a notch by adding your favourite toppings.

Stage a Puppet Show

Anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely love putting on puppet shows. This summer, try getting the whole family to stage a production. Start with writing the script, creating the puppets and then act it out for your family and friends. If your little one loves crafts, try making these super simple (and cute) pipe cleaner finger puppets. By using some common household items and a ton of imagination your little thespian is sure to shine.

Visit the Library

The library is the place to be this summer. Come to any of our 100 branches to participate in Summer Wonder, a suite of programs and activities that are aimed to keep your child reading all summer long. Participate in our weekly creativity challenges, write a question on our Wonder Wall, attend a program or participate in the TD Summer Reading Club (there is still time). Best of all, it's all free!

Read a Book

Last but not least, read a book. Reading is one of the best ways to beat boredom and help spark wonder and creativity. We literally have millions of books for you to choose from. Here are some great reads that will help your child beat summer boredom once and for all (or maybe just until next year):

100 Screen Free Ways to Beat Boredom

100 Screen Free Ways to Beat Boredom! by Kris Hirschmann

Unlock Your Imagination

Unlock Your Imagination: More than 250 Boredom Busters by DK

More Boredom Busters

More Boredom Busters: Over 50 Awesome Activities for Children Ages 7 Years + by Caroline Fernandez

Have any favourite summer boredom busters from your childhood? Share them in the comments below.