Are you hearing the words, “Mom, I’m bored? I don’t know what to do”, yet? I have and we’ve been out of school one week. Sigh… I’ve gathered some summer boredom buster activities for elementary kids as well as some learning sites for up to high school.
When I was in the thralls of parenting, these two books were used often in my home. “Sanity in the Summertime” helps lay out activities (chores, activities, learning, etc) in a way that motivates the kids. “401 Ways to Get Your Kids to Work at Home” is great for creative ways/charts to get your kids to work. I highly recommend you check them out.
Patriotic Noise Makers
Here’s a paper plate door hanger project.
How fun would this be for a parade?
Why not make some hand print flags.
You know I LOVE toilet paper crafts but this one is super cute!
Below is a list of Learning activities for ALL ages.
Preschool sites: Learning Activities for Pre-schoolers
http://www.abcmouse.com/ http://www.first-school.ws/ http://www.childcareland.com/free.html
http://www.tlsbooks.com/firstgradeworksheets.htm http://www.greatschools.org/students/activities/298-first-grade-learning-games-activities.gs http://www.education.com/activity/first-grade/ http://www.softschools.com/grades/1st_grade/math/ Math http://www.learninggamesforkids.com/1st-grade-math.html Math http://www.worksheetuniverse.com/firstgradeworksheets.html http://www.abcya.com/first_grade_computers.htm http://www.vocabulary.co.il/first-grade-vocabulary-games/ Vocabulary http://www.homeschoolmath.net/worksheets/grade_1.php http://www.superteacherworksheets.com/spelling-level-d.html
https://www.khanacademy.org/ K-12 Math tutorials and worksheets
This is a GREAT math worksheet site. Definitely worth the visit. http://www.funbrain.com/index.html
Don’t forget to READ! I’m not above bribing to get them to read. My twins aren’t fond of reading but will do it more readily if I download the book on their iPod so that they can listen as they read along. Our library has a huge selection of audiobooks.
If your child has a particular interest. Study it!! A great resource for a topic study is using lapbooks. Here are a couple of sites http://www.homeschoolshare.com/lapbooking_resources.php and http://lapbooking.wordpress.com/ that go into detail on how to make them. We all know that kids learn best by doing!
Keep your kids in Gods word during the summer! I sure wish they would’ve had something like this when my kids were younger. This looks so cool and its FREE!
While you’re at it mom here is 15 Tips on How to Keep Bible Study Alive for you as well. We set the tone of the home and if we are in tune then we won’t have good results.
While you’re at it why don’t YOU, yes you mom find something that interests you and study it. One year I did an in-depth study of the Amish culture. I read fiction and nonfiction and studied their lifestyle. Another year, I focused on herbs. How to grow them and their medicinal uses. I made herbal bath oils and herbal vinegar. I learned how to find and identify them growing in the wild. We are NEVER too old to stop learning and growing. We have to be intentional, this stuff just won’t happen. Yes, it takes time to plan and set things up but it’s not a ton of time and a little preparation goes a LONG way! Do you have any tried and true Summer Boredom Busters? If so please share in the comments.
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