“We’re bored! There’s nothing to do.”
One of my most useful and successful tools I’ve made for the summer is a list of possible options of what we can do and how much they cost.
Too often my kids find themselves wandering towards screens because they don’t know what else there is and screens are easy to fall back on. This is why we made a list of ideas to help us.
We try to pick something off the list quite often. Typically every day unless we’re already super busy with something special.
Being that I have my girls every day, I found it was getting too expensive to just have them pick whatever adventure they wanted all the time, and whole I like to them about budgeting, I like to refrain from complaining about money too often.
Creating our list into categories gives them a better understanding of what type of activity we’re looking to do.
I might say “you can pick from the whole list today” or “we just did something from the purple column. Let’s go for a blue today please.”
They’re just as happy with this because everything in the blue column is spending time together and sure to be a great time.
This list also gives me a reminder of everything we’ve looked up to try in past summers, and what’s locally available to us. This way I’m not starting from scratch each summer with ideas to stay busy.