Summer Boredom Busters – Quick Games
So far I’m doing good on my goal to have a fun activity each day! As I wrote about in my first summer boredom busters posts here, I’m using ideas from the fabulous Family Fun Boredom Busters book that has been sitting in my bookcase for years. Plus, I’m finally using those great ideas for kid games from my Pinterest board. Follow along on our fun-filled, educational, enjoyable, crafty summer with posts here or on Instagram.
This week we played some quick fun games:
(They hopped so much, I couldn’t get a non-blurry picture!)
In this super simple game, kids act like penguins and hop from ice float to ice float. If they fall “into the ocean” they have to sit out until all the other penguins are out. Then you start over. I used white dish towels, but you could also use white pillows, blankets, papers taped to the floor, etc. My kids waddled like penguins and hopped with their feet together to make it a bit more challenging. This game was super easy and kept their interest while I cooked dinner. Hooray!
Another winning game from the Family Fun book! One child stands in the middle of the game area and shouts, “I am the Octopus King (or Queen) of all motion. Let’s see if you can cross my ocean.” Then the other children, pretending to be fish, try to run past him to the other side of the game area without being tagged. Any fish that get tagged by the Octopus become seaweed and join the Octopus on the center line. Unlike the Octopus though, the seaweed keep their feet planted on the center line and use their arms to tag other fish. We made boundary lines out of rubber boots, but you could use anything. Fish that go out of bounds become seaweed too. The last fish remaining becomes the next Octopus.
Dress-up Dance Time
While I was busy, the girls put on a fashion show for Daddy, and I walked into the room to find him singing while they danced on our fireplace “stage.” I love that hubby of mine! So of course, I had to video their cuteness. I can’t count how many hundreds of times we’ve sung them “Jingle Bells.” It’s their favorite song. This idea is also another fantastic summer boredom buster! Go through the dress-up box (or your closet) and give the kids a stage. They’ll wow you for sure. Easy peasy.
So, there you have a few more game ideas to entertain the kids this summer. Plus, they are easy to do! I hope you enjoy following our Summer Boredom Busters series over the next couple months. What is your favorite summer activity? Tell me in the comments!