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Posted May 25, 2016
Summer is coming. Along with it come the heady smells of sunscreen and barbeque, sunny days and warm nights, and… The Bored Birds.
How long does it take for your kids to start squawking about being bored? Camp, days at the pool and awesome CertifiKID adventures are great ways to keep the Bored Birds at bay. But, eventually they’ll nest in your house.
We headed out on a hunt to find creative ways to keep the kids happy (without parking them in front of a screen) and shoo away those pesky Bored Birds. What we found was some why-can’t-I-think-of-amazing-like-this stuff from bloggers who corner the market on cool, creative, educational FUN!
Keep it Cool with Water Play
Photo Credit: All For The Boys
Bring a little boardwalk into your backyard with this brilliant idea from All For The Boys. We love that it only takes some string, tape, a couple plastic cups and that super-soaker they just had to have, to create a competitive game.
The humble water balloon may be the best invention of the season. Tie a few up and you’ve got a pinata that makes a big splash. Grab a laundry basket and you’ve got a wet and wonderful way to play catch. Shoot some really cool slow-mo videos. The options are almost endless. This post on BlogLovin’ proves it.
Got Pool Noodles? Turn them into your own water park! Start with this easy DIY Pool Noodle Sprinkler from Bite Sized Biggie. Then check out the post that gives you more cool ways to turn these one-buck toys into summer awesome.
We’re not sure what it is about playing in the water that gets kids so tuckered out, but we’ll take it. When a nap happens you don’t question your good fortune, you just break into your happy dance. Quietly… because, naps.
DIY for Fun and Learning
Photo Credit: PaperVine
Pintsized paleontologist will totally dig this one and you’ll love how easy it is. PaperVine put together a great tutorial on making your own dinosaur dig. Up the learning factor by having the kids create a dossier for each dino they dig up.
This one combines learning, art and getting outdoors. We. Love. It. Teach Mama takes her kids on nature walks that then inspire backyard nature paintings. You’re likely to run into a few birds with this one, but none of them will be Bored Birds.
Do your kids love the Marvel Universe? Maybe you’re the comic book nerd (oh, just me… okay then). Either way this DIY Galaxy Playdough inspired from Maryland Momma’s Rambles. It’s inspired by Guardians of the Galaxy!
Science gets even more cool with this a cell model project from Beltway Bargain Mom that gives you a whole new way to use that kiddie pool.
Perhaps one of the biggest challenges in the fight to keep the Bored Birds from roosting in your house is having an idea ready before the chirping starts. A little preparation goes a long way. That’s why we love the idea of an activity jar. There are tons of ideas floating around the web for these. Spend some time checking them out, find one that works for you.
We sort of love that this one from While He Was Napping does double duty as a craft that keeps them busy and allows them to have a say in what they’d like to do too.
Photo Credit: While He Was Napping
Keep the FUN in summer and the Bored Birds out of your nest. Have any ideas we missed? Let us know, we’d love to add them to this post.
~ Team CertifiKID
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