My seven year old’s current favourite phrase is, “I’m booooored.” Her older sister, who normally never complains about being bored, has starting taking cues from her. They chime in, in stereo, “Bored. SO BORED. There is NOTHING TO DO. Mooooooom.”
My standard answer involves cleaning. If you are bored then you can tidy the toys off the floor in the front room, or you can put away the laundry, or go clean up your bedroom. I mean that’s the classic mom response, right? My mom used to pull it on me. If you are so darn bored, then I can think of chores for you to do. Wait, what, no? You suddenly have things to do. Hm. You sure you don’t want to wash down the dining room table?
The problem is I can’t spend the entire March break telling my kids to clean their room. (Ok, well, I could, but I don’t think it would make for a very fun or harmonious week.) So, I’ve been brainstorming, thinking of ways to fuel the fun this week with some simple stay at home type things that build family connections, keep mom sane, and don’t break the bank. Here’s what I came up with:
1. Food Time Is Fun Time
Turn lunchtime into an indoor picnic on the front room floor, or turn it into a tea party by breaking out the fancy tea cups (Pro tip: You can get away with serving the exact same PB & J and apple juice you were already planning on having, but now it’s fancy and exciting).
2. Annoying Can Be Okay, For A Bit At Least
Did you steal the batteries from Furby because it was driving you nuts? Did the sound effects on your kids favourite toy mysteriously stop working? If they haven’t gotten to play with That Annoying Toy in a while it will be all that much more likely to keep them captivated for a decent amount of time (or until you reach your breaking point and steal the batteries from Furby, again).
3. Everything Old Is New Again
Do you have a pile of toys waiting for you to get the screwdriver out, open them up and insert new batteries? Again, putting a fresh set of batteries into a preexisting toy can make something old into something exciting and new.
At our house the kids leave “dead” toys in a pile on the computer desk, and I’m pretty bad for letting that pile mount up before I get around to digging out the screw driver and feeding their playthings.
4. Plan A Special Meal
Let the kids choose what you’re having for lunch, or dinner. Save it for later in the week, so the planning and anticipation can be part of the fun. Pick a recipe that you can make together, such as homemade hummus or D.I.Y. Sushi (my kids’ request for this year).
5. Get The Band Back Together
Playing Rockband as a family can be so much fun. Even pre-readers can follow the colour coded musical notes and rock along on the guitar. (Pro tip: Avoid meltdowns by turning on no fail mode, particularly when playing with younger kids). Don’t forget the Duracell batteries to keep your drums, guitar and wireless mic humming along.
6. Declare A Pajama Day (Or Two)
Choose a day to wear PJs all day. Everything is sillier in you’re doing it in PJs (or at least my kids think so ). Have a pajama dance party, or use PJs as an excuse to cuddle up on the couch and watch movies all afternoon.
7. Go Old School
Remember the days when photography involved film? When you had to chose carefully what moments you wanted to capture because you were limited to 12 or 24 exposures? Teach your kids the fun of imperfect and finite photography, but with a little instant gratification now by using the Fujifilm Instax to captures their March Break memories. (Like that time mom went crazy and tackled Furby, or when Dad shredded it on the keytar).
What are you doing to keep your kids occupied this spring break? Would a $50 Walmart gift card help fuel the fun?
One lucky Maple Leaf Mommy reader is going to win
a $50 Walmart giftcard and a 6 pack of Duracell AA batteries.
Open to Canadian residents only.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Duracell. You should know that I would never recommend a brand or product that I don’t genuinely love and use, and, as always, my words and opinions are my own.