Friday, May 28, 2010

"I'm Bored" Summer's Magic Idea box

"Oh the magic box"

This is our solution to the lack of activities during those hot summer days.
Most are free and many have lasting memories.

For example here are a few...

Exchange a secret and keep it all day
Create a secrete code word
Play a board game 
Set out a large puzzle on a cardboard leave it out sit down a few times during the week together
Alphabet biscuits
build a fort out of chairs and sheets, spread stuffed animals on blankets
Decorate and parade bike rides
Be a detective solve a mystery
Organize a scavenger hunt
Write a letter to a friend, include at least 3 great things that have happened this summer
Paper plate crafts
Ice cream Sundays
Shaved Ice cups
Watch the stars
Macaroni collage
Water the plants
Feed the wild birds and watch in the cool through the window
Eat watermelon outside , let the juice run all over the place
(MOM) sit outside and drink ice tea
Make sun tea
camp out in a tent in a secured back yard yard
Make fresh lemonade (frozen juice from the winter here)
Catch fireflies (I wish)
Take pictures of the kids having fun
Walk in the grass bare foot
Paint your toenails
Use lotion, soap or shampoo that smells like coconuts
Put on a theatrical performance
write the play, line, costumes
Create food sculptures then eat it
Build a fun house
Make friendship jewelry
Make a pizza
play hide and seek
tour an observatory 
Learn about different religions
try playing gulf
go to a drive in movie
have a block party
visit a clock maker
make cookies
learn about winter wild flowers
discuss marriage
go horseback riding 
start a rock collection
tour a train station
make a homemade musical instrument 
try archery
visit the airport 
climb trees
visit a farm
have a discussion about sexual issues
play kick the can
swing on swings
Have a family talent show and record it
try a walk in the rain get all wet during the monsoon here
Learn about boating
Have a fire drill
paint a picture by numbers, acrylic for kids NO OIL PAINT FOR KIDS
Make a shoebox cinema
visit different parks in town
discuss being an adult
pick your own fruit
take flowers to a friend
visit a senior care facility
Talk about the galaxy
Tour a college campus
go for a train ride or the metro
Study local cacti
pan for gold
Play charades
discuss the effects of alcohol on the body
write a family history
study a culture
make mud pies
visit the fire station
Make a wind chime
attend a city council meeting and discuss
take turns playing favorite CD's
visit a tree farm
try decoupage
visit a museum
Play 20 questions
write a poem 
have a taffy pull
do a soap carving

explore the attic
Let adolescent/teenagers sleep in and play with the little ones
Make paper hats
Plan a surprise birthday party
Paint a mural
play a card game
discuss sexual abuse and what to do
raise money for charity
write a story
go to a high school graduation
visit a mining town
Study dear and visit a forest
make popcorn balls
skip stones on a nearby lake
go jogging  or power walk a mall
flay Frisbee
pick up litter off the streets
clean the closets
learn about adoption
go to an auction
wash the dishes together
make someone breakfast in bed
try sponge painting
read a biblical scripture and discuss
go fishing
play "I see something you don't"
tell each other about school experiences
Learn how to budget money
learn how to get water in the desert
FLAG DAY?MEMORIAL DAY learn about patriotism
Tell stories about your ancestors
start planning a summer vacation or camp trip
prepare a menu together
roast marshmallows
play hopscotch
set up a lemonade stand (remember to stop at one)
build a wooden toy
learn CPR
learn about clan systems
Have a family awards night
bake bread
make up puns
go bowling $$set up in a long hallway with the doors closed
go to the library and check out a book or a film
father's day talk about male role models
visit grandparents
make the grocery list together
spend an afternoon at a local flea or farmers market
work on a crossword puzzle
talk about gun safety
learn about herbs
visit a lake
try canoeing
go wading in a creek
visit a hospital
have a wiener roast in the park
go to a baseball game
play badminton
learn about archaeological history
discuss what it is like to be in the hospital
have a family portrait taken
attend an arts and crafts fair
make a greeting card for a grandparent
design your own wrapping paper
play charades
attend an athletic event
visit the solid waste plant
have a bonfire
visit a neighboring state
make a wind chime
visit a relative
build a house of cards
visit the neighbors
whistle together
learn a new dance or just dance to rock and roll or big band
Watch the full moon come up
tour mom/dad's work place
listen to a radio show (we love prairie home companion)
wash all the windows in the house
visit the snow bowl
exercise or diet together 
find a new recipe and make it
learn how to save energy
find and read a very old newspaper
make and fly paper airplanes
cook a meal and eat by candlelight
play miniature gulf
talk to each other in pig Latin
invite friends over for breakfast/lunch/supper
Watch for meteors
have an indoor picnic
create and tell jokes
learn a new game (check out a trift store watch for all parts to be there)
Have an indoor scavenger hunt
make caramel corn
go to a movie
hug one another
dig out old yearbooks and share experiences
switch roles for the evening
discuss water safety 
hike a canyon
read a book together taking turns out loud
sew a stuffed animal
study the clouds
make your own trail mix
talk about love
have a backgammon or checker tournament
feed some ducks
visit the post office
take pictures
discuss ice safety
discuss the importance of the civil war
read poetry out loud
have a sing a long
watch a TV show and discuss

so many more but I do hope that this is a fun list for you too
enjoy the summer with the children
making memories is a gift that gives for a lifetime

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Denise said...

Wow, awesome ideas sis.

Susie said...

Great idea:-)

Annette said...

Some fabulous idea's, you and your husband are such great parents, more parents need to spend more time with their gifts that God gave them. I needed you for a neighbor when my babes where younger, I would have never heard these famous summer break words "It's boring Mom"

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