summer anti-boredom ideas

Summer break is pretty much here for most kids, and soon the honeymoon of being home will wear off.  They will be muttering the dreaded words, “Mom, I’m bored” in their best whiny voice.

You know the one I am talking about.

Well, not any more.

Without saying a word you can now point to  this sign…

summer anti-boredom ideas

… and  they will choose a stick that has an activity (something they helped come up with) to rid them of their boredom. Depending on the ages and size of your family, you can have one family jar or an individual jar for each person that they individually create. Don’t forget to make one for yourself so you can also cross of those items from your  summer bucket list!

summer anti-boredom ideas

 Here are most of the items I used besides the obvious glue, scissors, and sand paper.

summer anti-boredom ideas

I got these jars awhile back from Home Goods  and  wanted to add some beach sand and a few seashells just to capture a little summer inside my jar.

summer anti-boredom ideas

Then I cut out my scrapbook paper into strips. Which, by the way- paper shopping to me is almost as exciting as clothing shopping. Almost. I have been drooling over the  Indie Chic line of paper from My Mind’s Eye ! It’s eye candy for me!

summer anti-boredom ideas

summer anti-boredom ideas

I then found some left over lace from this project and a scrap of ribbon I had laying around. I had to cut the ribbon in half  to be able to thread it through the lace, so it  frayed a bit which I actually liked the additional vintage look it gave. So, I frayed it even more.

summer anti-boredom ideas

summer anti-boredom ideas

After gluing the paper and ribbon around the jars I added the mini chalkboards that I got at Craft Warehouse. They had a clothes pin already glued to them so I clipped them to the wooden sticks and placed them in the jars.

summer anti-boredom ideas

Now for one of my favorite parts- coming up with a list of Summer activities!  Keep in mind that they should be reasonable and something you would be okay about  them or you doing right at that moment.

I already had a 6×6 designer pad from the Indie Chic line ( I am telling you- I love paper) that coordinated with the paper. It was a perfect size for the sticks so, I outlined them and cut them out.

summer anti-boredom ideas

Then, I used Mod Podge and glued them on the sticks. Finally, after sanding the edges, I was ready to add the clear label that I had printed with our Summer activities.

summer anti-boredom ideas

And there you go. You now have a Summer Jar!

Don’t let an ounce of that Summer time to go to waste!

summer anti-boredom ideas

 Don’t click out of this post just yet. I still have to give you my counselor lecture on the importance on continuing a routine throughout the summer. Too often, Summer becomes a free for all and although it is important for our children to have the freedom to relax and explore new things other than school- they also still thrive in a little bit structure. Often times I see children in my practice who do fabulous when school is in session but fall apart by mid summer. I encourage continuing a modified version of your schedule (visit here for ideas on a visual schedule) that allows children to continue with regular activities such as reading, learning, chores, and allowing room for them to use their creativity. You don’t want to be too rigid, so keep a daily routine but allow for them to have freedom to build creativity and autonomy within that boundary.  And the bonus of summer is that with them being home more- you actually get to spend more quality time with them! Take advantage of that and include activities that you can do together in your summer jar.  Having Summer Jars in our home has really helped force myself to walk away from the never ending to do-list and enjoy the summer day with my son.

Summer Jars can:

-Increase child’s desire to take charge of their own activities.

-Decreases power struggles- because you are taking it off of you telling them what to do.

-Become a tradition they look forward to and will always remember.

-Create memories they will have with their parents and strengthen relationships.

Okay my counselor hat is coming off. Thanks for sticking with me!

summer anti-boredom ideas

Want to know what is on my summer list? Go here to weedstowishes.com and find out!

Now, I want to know what’s on your summer bucket list?

xo

summer anti-boredom ideas

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  1. May 29th, 2012 at 9:38 pm
    Cheri says:
    I'm thinking this idea will work great for daily/weekly chores too!
  2. May 29th, 2012 at 10:09 pm
    Nicolette says:
    What a great idea! I'm always get a great idea for a fun summer activity, but never write it down and then it's forgotten. Here's the cute solution!
  3. May 30th, 2012 at 7:54 pm
    Amy & Lisa says:
    Fabulous idea! And yes, that paper is pretty sweet too! :)
  4. May 31st, 2012 at 9:29 am
    Nesleirbag says:
    Great idea! Kids love visuals, dimension, and the tactile taking the sticks out and putting the sticks in the jars - all enhance learning.
  5. June 5th, 2012 at 1:49 pm
    shannon says:
    Build our own Compost area, peddle boat ride powered by two 5 year olds (this one makes me giggle), and taking my kids to Lincoln's boyhood home!
  6. June 6th, 2012 at 10:31 pm
    Six Sisters says:
    These are so cute! We are so glad you joined our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday". We love to see all of the great recipes and ideas!! Thanks and we hope to see you again next week! -The Sisters
  7. June 7th, 2012 at 8:44 am
    Veronica Almeida says:
    My summer bucket list includes going to Miami to visit mother, Buenos Aires to visit husband's son and New York to be with my girls.
  8. June 7th, 2012 at 8:48 am
    Veruschka flowers says:
    What a cute idea!! I am for sure making it!
  9. June 7th, 2012 at 8:52 am
    Gloria de Flores says:
    I am making this cute jar for my grandchildren to pick what they want to do when they come to visit. Love it!!
  10. June 8th, 2012 at 12:45 pm
    Ginger says:
    I love the idea. I will use it next year as we have already brain stormed (the grand kids and I) and have come up with some great ideas for summer. In order to earn a fun summer they have to help with chores first so Monday and Friday mornings are the days they chose to help out around the house. They already have some regular chores: Unload the dishwasher, clean the kids bathroom, feed the pets, hang up clean clothes, make beds. But they will be helping nana with dusting baseboards, (hard for me to do) dusting and vacuuming their rooms, sweeping the porches, you get the drift. Then we chose concerts in the park, Vacation Bible School, beach, swimming at the city pool, nature walks, free movies at the local theater once a week, chalk time, library, Farmers markets, water fun day at the park, etc. Hope this rambling wasn't too long. Sorry.
  11. June 15th, 2012 at 3:42 pm
    KidsParties123 says:
    This is such a creative way to put a positive spin on keeping occupied during summer break! When I still had little ones in the house, we put "something to do" notes on a giant ring that hung from a door knob all year long. Whenever the kids said there was "nothing to do" that's where I'd send them.
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