15 KIND WAYS TO BEAT “THE BOREDOM BLUES” THIS SUMMER

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Summer is quickly approaching, which means the kiddos are on break and ready to be entertained. When they’re so used to going, going, going, having time off inspires an endless stream of “I’m Bored”s. We have compiled a list of fun activities to do this summer, as a family.

1. Go on a hike. (smile at strangers!)

2. Prepare lunch and go out for a picnic. (surprise someone with their favorite snacks!)

3. Tie dye pillowcases. . . (and promote more peace!)

If this is an activity that your children will enjoy, here is a handy how to guide: http://plainvanillamom.com/2015/06/tie-dye-pillow-cases.html.

4. Create and eat homemade popsicles. (share them too!)

Here are some delicious homemade popsicle recipes: http://www.womansday.com/food-recipes/food-drinks/g1597/popsicle-recipes/.

5. Visit your local zoo. (give love to the animals)

6. Make a sundial. (get outside and get grounded)

Learn how to make your own sundial here: http://www.learnplayimagine.com/2014/05/how-to-make-sundial.html.

7. Have a water balloon fight. (well, just be nice!!)

8. Play the water balloon phonics game.
An alternative to the “have a water balloon fight” idea is to make it educational. You can read all about the water balloon phonics game here: http://www.messforless.net/water-balloon-phonics-get-ready-for-k/.

9. Visit your local library and spend the day reading. (or volunteer to read to others)

10. Play an outdoor game of Twister. (stretching and laughing in the sun always feels nice)

11. Paint like Jackson Pollock

For inspiration on this one, check out this link: http://www.happinessishomemade.net/homeschool-kids-art-lesson-jackson-pollock/.

12. Follow the life cycle of a butterfly. (and plant some pollenating plants!)

You can order a live butterfly kit here: https://www.amazon.com/Live-Butterfly-Kit-Caterpillars-Now-Hanging/dp/B00B7PNHBG.

13.  Grow flowers. (cut them and give them to someone)

14. Make your own sidewalk foam paint and decorate the driveway. (use kind words such as smile, love, hugs, and peace

Find out how to make your own sidewalk foam paint here: http://thetiptoefairy.com/2016/05/diy-sidewalk-foam-paint/.

15. Go on a camping trip. (spend time with family and friends)

All of the above listed activities can incorporate kindness. Your children can invite others to join them on adventures or teach a friend how to do one of their newfound activities. Their homegrown flowers, tie-dye pillowcases and homemade popsicles can all be shared with others, as well.

A great way to make a habit of teaching your children about the practice of kindness is through Get it Going Now’s monthly kindness box. Each month, Get it Going Now subscribers receive a box which contains instructions, materials and cool souvenirs that result in a project to perform a good deed. By subscribing to Get it Going Now, you will feel inspired by your monthly opportunity to practice kindness.

Learn more about Get it Going Now here: https://www.getitgoingnow.com.

Let us know what your child’s favorite summer activity was in the comments section below.

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SUMMER CAMP ALTERNATIVES FOR YOUR KIDS

While summer camp can be a highly enjoyable and memorable part of childhood, it isn’t always what’s best for every family. Whether the reasons are financial or otherwise, there are still many ways to make the most of your child’s summer break from school.

By exploring your community’s events and resources, you can plan out a summer equally as fun as any given summer camp. Libraries often host free readings, workshops and classes. National (and local) parks have educational opportunities for children, as well as adults. Your local YMCA and churches most likely have classes and activities for your child, as well. Browse online or in a local newspaper for volunteer opportunities at a local farm, one day workshops, child focused concerts, theatre in the park and so on. Swim lessons and play dates are excellent alternatives, too.

Summer camps are memorable because of their foundations in fun activities and socialization. By creating your own activities and keeping your social calendar full, you can easily make this summer one that your child will never forget.

For even more summer fun ideas, read our blog post titled, “15 Ways to Avoid Hearing “I’m Bored” This Summer” here :https://www.getitgoingnow.com/ourblog/2017/4/10/15-kind-ways-to-beat-the-boredom-blues-this-summer.

Your children can invite others to join them to these enjoyable events. By being inclusive, your child will make new friends, while simultaneously practicing kindness. A great way to make a habit of teaching your children about the practice of kindness is through Get it Going Now’s monthly kindness box. Each month, Get it Going Now subscribers receive a box which contains instructions, materials and cool souvenirs that result in a project to perform a good deed. By subscribing to Get it Going Now, you will feel inspired by your monthly opportunity to practice kindness.

Learn more about Get it Going Now here: https://www.getitgoingnow.com.

Let us know what your child’s favorite summer activity was in the comments section below.