I feel like we go through the school year counting down the days until it's Summer break- and then Summer break actually arrives. Now I am responsible for keeping the kids occupied and for keeping their brains working. Great!
We can only craft and go to the park so times in a week.
And how many snacks can these kids possibly eat in a day?
Will I ever be able to get the house clean?
Summer Break Boredom Busters
Aside from the obvious Summer break activities like family vacations, trips to the zoo, camping, etc., I wanted to share some fun ideas for kids around the ages of 3-5. My daughters asks me a million times a day if we can do something fun- so here's my little solutions.
These should get me through at least a week of boredom... right?
Kids HATE the word chore. Shoot - even I hate the word chore! It sounds so horrible. But, turning boring chores into instantly rewarding activities is a win/win for you and the kids.
Idea: Work for hire board
When kids can see the reward beforehand, they are more likely to do the work. Find a magnetic board and label it WORK FOR HIRE. Cut out a little rectangular piece of paper nd write a chore down on it. Stick it to your board with a dollar bill or a pack of candy and kids can pick and choose which task/ reward they would like. You can also use a piece of string with clothes pins.
Play-Based Learning Activities
Telling your kids that they are going to learn something sounds boring. When they are learning while they are playing, you're more likely to hear less complaints.
Idea: Sight Words Smart Cards with Wikki Stix
Going over sight word flash cards is borrrrring! Picture First Learning, winner of the 2016 Family Choice Award, has come up with a way for sight word flash cards to be interactive and hands-on.
Each pack of 30 sight word cards comes with a set of Wikki Stix so kids can create each letter or word. Each card has a brightly illustrated front and a detailed back which includes a way for kids to "see" the word and "live" the word.
Example: The letter A
See it: "A" means picture any one thing. "Lngo says, " A dog." Picture one dog.
Live it: "Let's Get Moving! Stand up with me. Walk to a door. Tap the door with a finger."
Playing with the Sight Words Smart Cards with Wikki Stix from Picture First Learning is a little like playing with play-doh, only less mess. It turns sight word practice into a fun, artsy activity. Both of my younger girls love to play with Wikki Stix and Picture First Learning, really got it right with this set.
You may also like Sight words Smart Doodles (Which comes with the set of Smart Cards)
How-To: This colorful flashlight helps teach kids a lesson about their emotions and feelings. It allows them to shine a light on their feelings with a dash of humor and some wisdom. The 32- page storybook titles The Scary Sleepover talks about a young boy who is not so sure if he wants to do a treehouse sleepover. There are dark shadows and spooky noises in the backyard, but The Moodsters can help Zach face his fears- and save the sleepover.
Idea: Interactive Board Games- Zippity Do!, Red Light Green Light, 1-2-3 and Cupcake Race
Playing board games that get the kids up and moving is always a great idea. These action packed games from Endless Games would make for a great Family Game Night.