They’ve overdosed on games consoles, played with all their toys (or so they say) fell out with each other and made up again (at least once) and now they want entertaining. No matter the school holiday at some point we hear “I’m bored”.
To offer a little help here’s our top 10 favourite last minute things to do
• Home movie – choose a favourite film, get some snacks and sit back to enjoy the film
• Visit the library – some have activities on during the holidays or just choose a good book to read
• Write your own story – this could be written alone and shared later or done as a group
• Build a den – sheets, chairs, boxes, anything you have can make a den. Play an adventure game using the den as a base or just use it as somewhere to chill out
• Get outside – walk the dog, go to the park, go swimming, go for a bike ride, or on a nature walk
• Play a board game – monopoly or scrabble are our favourites
• Have a Lego building session – make it a competition or decide to do a big build as a team and work together
• Do a science experiment – there are countless STEM experiments you can do and they are fairly easy to find online
Embrace the boredom
Sometimes boredom is a good thing. It stimulates creativity, gives children a chance to remember the fun of small things. Connect with each other, have time to daydream, or inspiration to create something. Children need to be encouraged to think of their own ideas and ways to cope with boredom.