3 ways to beat the boredom blues

Every parent has heard the “I’m bored” line at one point or another. As summer break winds down, keep your kids entertained with a few boredom busters.

And though they’ll have a blast, with these activities they’ll also learn something!

  1. Play Word or Letter Hopscotch. This one will enlarge their vocabularies and get them hopping — a win, win.
  • Grab colored chalk and a rock or bean bag.
  • With the chalk, make a hopscotch board.
  • In each square, write an age-appropriate sight word, spelling word or letter.
  • Have your child throw the rock/bean bag onto the hopscotch board. Then he or she should jump to that square and read/sound out whatever is in the square.
  • Repeat until all squares have been read.

With older kids, you can amp up the game by having them use the words in the squares in sentences.

  1. Make balloon rockets. Kids love balloons … and they often love rockets, too. Combine them into one with this fun activity!
  • Grab a 6-foot piece of yarn, a balloon, two chairs, a drinking straw, tape and scissors.
  • Tie one end of the string to the back of a chair.
  • Thread the straw onto the string, then tie the other end of the string to the back of the other chair.
  • Attach two pieces of 2-inch-long tape to the middle of the straw, to be used to attach the balloon to the straw.
  • Inflate the balloon — but don’t tie it off. Then attach it to the straw using the tape. Hold on to the opening so the air doesn’t escape.
  • Pull the balloon to one end of the string and then let go.

And away it goes! Time to teach your kids about action and reaction.

  1. Experiment with vinegar and baking soda. Have a little fun with science in these two experiments!

1st experiment

  • Grab vinegar, baking soda, food coloring, a dropper and two bowls.
  • In one bowl, add a couple drops of food coloring to the vinegar. In the other, place baking soda.
  • First, add one drop of vinegar at a time to the baking soda. What happens?
  • Now add a whole dropper full of vinegar to the baking soda. What happens? Should be a bunch of fizzing bubbles — much to the delight of your little ones.

2nd experiment

  • Grab a zippered sandwich bag, vinegar, baking soda and a square of paper towel.
  • Pour a few inches of vinegar into the bottom of the bag.
  • Put a few teaspoons of the baking soda in the middle of the paper towel, then gather the corners to make a packet.
  • Put your baking soda pouch inside the bag, then seal the bag.
  • Toss the bag on the ground and stand back.
  • The carbon dioxide reaction will commence!

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