Bored? Hey, Kid—Kick it Old School!

Screen Shot 2014-06-22 at 8.00.05 PMIf you’re a parent or are around kids at all, then it’s likely you’re familiar with the “I’m bored!” woes.

How the heck can kids of today be bored, right? Sometimes it’s best NOT to try to understand. Instead, give those kids a little dose of good old-fashioned fun. Yep, you’re now going to be one of THOSE adults that utter the words, “Back in my day…”

Chances are, they might scoff in the beginning. They might even roll their eyes or give an exasperated sigh. But if they give these old-school methods of entertainment a chance, they just might solve their boredom woes…at least for an hour or two!

CARDBOARD BOX. The cardboard box is one of the most overlooked, underutilized resources out there. Turn it into a private getaway, a puppet show theatre, a car ramp, art project and more.

SHEET. An ordinary sheet is perfect for a picnic, turning the lawn into a spa and creating a fort out of two chairs or some branches. The bigger the sheet, the better.

ROCKS. You can do so much with rocks. Skip ‘em, toss ‘em, invent a new game or turn them into a pet. Sometimes adults tend to worry to imagine the worst (kds throwing rocks where they don’t belong), and it ruins the fun. But rocks are awesome.

STICKS. Here’s another one that adults tend to overthink, worrying about kids pointing at or poking each other with sticks. But sticks are fantastic! They are magic walking canes…perfect tools for writing in the mud…great art objects and more. You could even make your own came of Pick-Up-Sticks.

BALL. A simple ball can provide so many hours of enjoyment. Encourage those kids to think beyond the simple game of kickball (though that’s fun, too)! Have them make up their own game using a ball. Let everyone have a turn creating a game, and then take turns playing it.

Stacy is a gardener, birder, and naturalist, and the author of nearly 10 books, including The Kids' Outdoor Adventure Book, The Secret Lives of Animals, Project Garden, and 101 Plants You Can't Kill.

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