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Summer Vacation Boredom Busters

Ahhh, summer vacation. Long, lazy, hot days with no school, no homework, and . . . BORED kids. What’s a parent to do? Boredom is good for kids as it encourages them to be creative and make their own fun, but sometimes they need a little guidance to get started. Here are some fun ideas along with some great books to help you and your kids conquer the summertime boredom blues.

  • Build a marble maze using cardboard tubes. See Cardboard Tubes by Nikki Connor for instructions (J745.54).
  • Make paper airplanes and have paper airplane races. Check out J745.592 for books filled with different types of planes to make.
  • Create your own boredom busting list à la Amelia! See Amelia’s Boredom Survival Guide by Marissa Moss (JR Fiction).
  • Make homemade bubble solution and wands (see The Ultimate Bubble Book: Soapy Science Fun by Shar Levine, J507.8 or How To Make Bubbles by Erika Shores, J507.8).
  • Cut up old magazines and make a cool collage. See All about Collage by Todd Oldham (J702.81), or Collage by Ruth Thomson (J702), or Cool Collage: Art Creativity for Kids by Anders Hanson (J702.81) for ideas.

Check out the books below for other fun boredom busting ideas:

 

Titles

Build Your Own Mini Golf Course, Lemonade Stand, and Other Things to Do

The Super Duper Art & Craft Activity Book

Unbored: the Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun

Summer Fun!
Summer Fun!
Williamson, Susan

This Book Made Me Do It
This Book Made Me Do It
Woodward, John

Boredom Blasters
Boredom Blasters
Becker, Helaine

Ultimate Indoor Games Book
Ultimate Indoor Games Book
Gunter, Veronika Alice

The Summer Bucket List for Kids

Get Out!
Get Out!
Warshaw, Hallie

National Geographic Kids Get Outside Guide

Fifteen Minutes Outside
Fifteen Minutes Outside
Cohen, Rebecca P.

Go Outside! Over 130 Activities for Outdoor Adventures