Busting Boredom: Fun Activities for Your Kids
Do your kids complain about being bored all the time?
Having trouble coming up with ideas for quick, simple activities to do together?
Time to start busting boredom!
To help you discover lots of fun, easy activities you can do with your kids, I interview Holly Homer for this episode of the Parenting Adventures podcast.
More About This Show
The Parenting Adventures podcast is a show from My Kids’ Adventures.
It’s for parents (and grandparents) who are looking for creative things to do with their kids.
The show format is on-demand talk radio (also known as podcasting).
Her blog is a treasure trove of amazing kid-friendly and family activities. She’s a mom of three boys and a source of inspiration for millions!
Holly shares ways you and your kids can have fun as a family.
You’ll discover why it’s okay to be bored as a family and things you can do to eliminate boredom.
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Here are some of the things you’ll discover in this show:
How the activities blog came about
Holly started blogging seven years ago, before she even knew what a blog was, and loved being part of the blogging community. She launched the Kids Activities Blog four years ago, and says it was a natural fit because she loves doing projects. They currently publish fun things to do with your kids twice a day.
The projects are easy activities you can do without spending a lot of money. The main thing for Holly is having fun. It’s not how things turn out—it’s the process of doing them with your kids.
Listen to the show to find out why she says they’re not like Martha Stewart.
Recommendations for parents
Holly explains that we don’t need to entertain our children 24 hours a day. It’s not necessary, and in fact it’s actually unhealthy. A good dose of boredom is sometimes your best friend.
Holly believes it’s even better to be bored as a family. When families are constantly connected to their electronics, they’re not connected to each other. Turn off your devices, detox from your day and have a conversation.
Listen to the show to find out what families can do instead of staring at each other.
Why games are awesome
In 101 Kids Activities That Are the Bestest, Funnest Ever, Holly says they recommend taking traditional activities you played as children and updating them or doing a little twist to make them more modern. These can be outdoor games like foursquare or indoor games like Clue, dominoes or even poker.
During the school year, Holly and her family like to play games together at least once a week. During the summer, they’ll play a couple of games a day.
If you have kids who are completely crazy about online games, you can introduce them to board games through an app. Everyone can sit in the living room on their iPads and interact with this board game, and you’re all playing against each other, Holly explains. This is a nice introduction for kids who have never played a board game. Once they learn the rules and are more comfortable, pull out the actual board game.
Having kids is really an excuse to play, Holly says. If you have a game that you loved as a kid, pull that one out first.
Listen to the show to discover more game recommendations.
Activities from the book
Playing with food is one of the recommendations in the book. One activity is to make massive sculptures out of grapes and toothpicks.
They’re kind of like Tinker Toys, Holly says. If you just have a bowl of grapes, a stack of toothpicks and a bunch of kids around the table, they’ll create the most incredible things. You could never tell them to be that creative. They’ll do it themselves.
Holly’s boys helped her develop a game they refer to as Golf Without a Stick.
Take the funnels you use for liquids in your kitchen and set up a golf course with the funnels sticking up from the ground to use as holes. See how many throws it takes to get the ball in the hole.
Among other recommendations, Holly suggests younger kids use a golf ball because it’s easier, while older kids can use a ping-pong ball since that’s a little more difficult to get in the hole.
Listen to the show to find out why parents should let their kids have creative freedom when they have downtime.
How parents can have more energy to focus on their kids
Holly explains that play should not be exhausting for parents or kids. Play looks very different for every family. Holly suggests you find what’s easy and relaxing for you, and do that with your kids.
Embrace special moments with your family, no matter what those moments look like.
Listen to the show to discover Holly’s favorite relaxing activity.
Parenting Adventures Tip
Outdoor Photo Scavenger Hunt
My Kids’ Adventures’ Jennifer Ballard and Kristin Ammerman share a fun outdoor activity: an outdoor photo scavenger hunt.
Write up a list of things your kids can find outside, depending on where you’re having the scavenger hunt. Then give your kids a digital camera they can use. Remember to give them a lesson on how to use the camera first.
Explain any rules and boundaries. Then send them outside to take pictures of the things on the list.
For a variation, add shapes or colors to the list. Another option: put action verbs along with things to find on the list.
Listen to the show to learn more ideas you can incorporate into your photo scavenger hunt.
Key takeaways mentioned in this episode:
- Connect with Holly on her website: KidsActivitiesBlog.com.
- Read Holly’s book: 101 Kids Activities That Are the Bestest, Funnest Ever.
- Follow @quirkymommasite and @texasholly on Twitter.
- Join the Quirky Momma’s Facebook community.
- Learn how to have an outdoor photo scavenger hunt.
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I am a dad of three kids, the founder of My Kids' Adventures and the founder of Social Media Examiner. I also host the Parenting Adventures podcast. Other posts by Michael Stelzner »