Busting Boredom: Fun Activities for Your Kids

podcast iconDo 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.

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parenting adventures podcast michael stelznerThe 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).

In this episode, I interview Holly Homer, the owner of KidsActivitiesBlog.com and co-author of the new book, 101 Kids Activities.

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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Do your kids complain about nothing to do? Start busting boredom! Holly Homer shares lots of fun, simple, kids activities in Parenting Adventures Podcast 6.

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Here are some of the things you’ll discover in this show:

Busting Boredom

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.

kids activities blog

The Kids Activities Blog publishes fun activities 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.

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A good dose of boredom is actually healthy. Image source: iStockPhoto.

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.

family playing game

Playing board games is a wonderful way to connect with your family. Image source: iStockPhoto.

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.

book cover

Flip through 101 Kids Activities and find fun adventures you can have with your kids.

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.

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Find fun games in the book like Golf Without a Stick. Image source: iStockPhoto.

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.

parents and child laying on grass

Do fun activities with your kids that you also find relaxing. Image source: iStockPhoto.

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.

photo scavenger hunt

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.

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  • http://www.mykidsadventures.com/ KJ Ammerman

    Thanks for sharing your insights, Holly! Lots of great ideas :) As my kids get older, we play a lot of card and board games, too. I can’t wait until my kids are old enough to play Settlers of Catan!

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