WFMW – No Boredom Allowed

wfmwTime for some summer discussions. How do you deal with boredom among your children during the hot, lazy summer months? Rocks in My Dryer is encouraging everyone to share their greatest and latest tips. I have a few thoughts but am hoping for more inspiration. Here’s what I have so far:

1) Buy a Costco-sized pack of toilet brushes – hand them out at the first sound of the word Bored.

goofy friends

2) Give each child a toothbrush and a single paper towel and instruct them to wash and detail the minivan.

3) Pull everything out of their closet, pile it on the bed and tell them not to come out of their room until it is organized and back in order.

4) Find a stack of instruction manuals for various household appliances and assign Book Reports.

David's reading the Good Book

5) Open the doors and windows, put on your favorite Broadway show (NOT any of the High School Musical films) and blast the volume high.

You can see we know about FUN in our house. Anything else I’m missing? More ideas waiting for you at Rocks in My Dryer.


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11 thoughts on “WFMW – No Boredom Allowed”

  1. My Mom always had lots of good boredom busters:

    • Oil the stairs (we once rented a house with a wooden spiral staircase)
    • Weed the garden
    • Study German vocabulary words
    • Practice for a piano lesson
    • Mow the lawn

    As a result of this strategy, I spent nearly my entire childhood free of boredom.

    Thanks, Mom!

  2. Not only does belting out show tunes cheer up a drab day, it also helps keep those pesky door-to-door salesmen away.

    Go Go Go Joe!

  3. Try giving extra computer chips to the winner of “Cleanest Bathroom in the State”.Weed, mow, trim the yard until it’s beautiful. Detail a number of the children to come up with a new way to power the world’s electric needs. And detail the rest to find the invisable ten-hour chip.

  4. oooh, I really like ideas #3 and #4. We’ve thought of the different lawn-mowing angle of doing it with scissors. One could also try: run laps around the block; walk the dog (You could probably substitute a younger sibling if you don’t have a dog); polish the silver; ironing (especially unpleasant if it’s hot); take everything out of the fridge and wipe down the shelves; scrub the oven… Hmmm … these are all chores I consistently avoid doing myself. I better not get bored this summer!

  5. Oh, I love these ideas! Fortunately or unfortunately (depending on how you look at it), we took so many breaks during the “traditional” school year, that we won’t finish our Sonlight schedules until July 1 or 2. We usually start them again the first week in August. I’m actually contemplating going right ahead to the next level when we finish, so that we have time to break whenever. So, if there’s no big summer off, maybe there’ll be no summer boredom?

  6. Write a book.
    Create a movie.
    Write a song-have a band-homemade instruments, etc.
    Make a puzzle-cut it out, share it.

    I love you Edgrens. Aunt Kate

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