I was reading a post earlier about a woman's struggle with her 2 kids and how they are constantly bored. Spring break is headed our way soon and for families that don't travel that can mean hours of hearing the words, "I'm bored".
I don't know about you, but those two words drive me insane. Being a mom of 7 you'd think they would find ways to play together for hours.
What do you do when your kids won't leave you alone about having nothing to do? My first response is usually to tell them to go play outside. But outside is sometimes not what they want to hear.
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Here are a few ideas I give my kids for outside (weather permitting of course!):
Ride your bike
Play on the trampoline
Draw with sidewalk chalk
See if a neighbor kid is available to play
Create a scavenger hunt
Play I spy
Play with cars (the small hotwheels/matchbox kind)
Collect items for a collage - Leaves, sticks, pine needles, etc.
Clean up the yard by putting toys away etc.
Search for unique rocks to paint
Play red light green light/red robin/freeze tag
Pick dandelion heads or pick up pinecones
Once they've exhausted all that fun outside stuff I'm sure they'll still find a reason to complain about having nothing to do. Especially if you don't allow video games or tv time in your house!
In case your kiddos need a little idea, here are some indoor boredom busters:
Read a book
Draw a picture
Play a game(card or board game)
Create something out of playdough/clay
Make a collage from old magazine clippings
Write a story or comic
Make paper airplanes
Create some origami figures
Sew a patch for a blanket
Do a craft
In my house if you complain you have nothing to do you get a mom job, so my kids know they need to find something or they'll be washing walls or cleaning toilets.
If your kiddos don't like any of the above choices, here are some mom jobs you can assign them depending on their age:
Take out the bathroom trash
Sweep under the dining table
Fold a load of laundry
Start the washer/switch laundry
Sweep off the front porch
Water the plants
Clean the bathroom mirror
Wash lower cabinets in kitchen
Pick up toys in living room
Sort papers that have gathered on the table
Take rugs outside and shake em out
Clean out one drawer/cabinet that holds their stuff
Wash the kitchen garbage can
Scrub the kitchen/dining room floor
Hopefully this gives you a little help for when your own kids are home for an extended period of time.
Here at our house the kids get conference week where they get out early for a week, and then the following week is Spring break!
I'm sure you know this already, but when you have 7 kids and run a small business you are lucky if you even get 15 minutes with no fighting.
So with 6 conferences to attend, early pick ups, plus regular music lessons, and after school activities, I'm going to need a small miracle if I want to get anything accomplished in these coming weeks.
I'd love to hear if these ideas helped you! I've put them all on a handy printable sheet you can hang on your fridge. Plus I included a bonus sheet of the mom jobs!
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