As children who are home schooled, my niece and nephews rely on me for fun things to do whenever boredom strikes. If “I’m bored!” is the phrase of the moment at your house, try a few of our favorites.
Grab your favorite fudge recipe. Mine is the one on the Fluff container. Either double it or halve it and have your children calculate the revised measurements. Everyone in my house loves Christmas fudge, and this exercise turns math into a lesson you use in real life!
- Research birds that spend the winter in your area.
- Work together to set up appropriate feeding stations in the yard.
- Keep a log of all the feathered visitors to your feeding station.(Perhaps a bird book would make a great stocking-stuffer.)
This is a great activity regardless of the weather, and introduces what could become a year round interest. The Audubon Society has a great kids’ site for more information.
Make cleaning you children’s rooms fun. Help them select gently used clothing/toys to donate to a local shelter. Talk about who will benefit, and make it a family event when items are dropped off. Seeing and understanding the people who benefit, goes a long way towards teaching philanthropy and compassion.
- Sit in a circle.
- Provide each person a pen/pencil and a piece of paper.
- Try a limerick to start, then once you’re comfortable move on to free verse. To make it fun, select a topic, a person, or a specific word to use as inspiration. Each person writes a first line, then hands the paper to the left. The next person writes the second line, and passes the paper to the left, etc.
- After the fifth line, the limerick is completed. Go around the circle and have everyone read their limerick out loud.
Fun for adults, teens and even younger children who know how to write, this game is a great skill builder for reading, and writing, and builds confidence, while introducing the concept that poetry can be fun.
This works best when you’re playing with family members and friends who live in different locations.
- Pick a common topic, or phrase to use in a short story.
- Set a word and time limit, and have everyone write a short story.
- When time is up, Skype everyone so you can all share what you’ve written.
With my family, we found the writing games so popular that now we look for online contests and share ideas for stories over different holidays, setting times to call or Skype and share what we’ve done.
Having a chance to engage on an equal level with all members of the family is invaluable to young children, and helps to build confidence, and bring everyone closer.