Summer break: It’s the time for barbecues, picnics, camping trips, baseball games, and family vacations. But even with all of those fun activities, it's still easy to end up with bored and fidgety kids on long car rides and flights, rainy afternoons, and lazy summer days.
Because none of us want to hear “Mom, I’m so bored!” in five-minute intervals, here are savvy tips to keep your restless kids entertained this summer, all while giving them new skills and knowledge.
Get Crafty with Hands-On Activities!
If you have a kid who gets bored easily, look for hands-on projects that your child can do independently. That's important because if he feels frustrated or constantly needs to ask you for help, it’ll be stressful for both of you — and if it’s not tactile, he’ll lose interest quickly.
You could put together your own art project, but to save yourself the trouble of planning and supply-gathering, try all-in-one Klutz activity kits. They come with pre-packed supplies, plus an easy-to-read instruction book that teaches kids things you don’t have time to Google (like the mechanics of chain reactions). As a bonus, the activities usually result in toys or crafts that can be enjoyed for days afterwards.
Klutz kits make it easy to encourage kids to paint rocks, sew adorable felt mini treats, or build STEAM skills by making colorful bath bombs, cool LEGO catapults, or a glowing LED creation. The playful possibilities are endless!