What to do when there is nothing to do? Well, thank goodness for media... lots of videos and internet time! Unfortunately that sometimes backfires and only causes more pent-up energy. We have read our big stack of 22 library books several times. Time for a new stack. My boys don't like coloring (what's up with that? I love coloring and always expected to do a lot of it when I had kids. Ha.)
But here's a look at some of the things we have tried. (Some older pictures, just to give you the idea.)
Lots of this:
Always, always Transformers:
Interesting structures appearing:
Lots and lots and lots of this!
Thank you, Lord, for allowing me to live in the era of Legos. And AC. Amen.
I even resorted to this one day. Shhh! Don't tell anyone!
Here are a few other things we have been doing::
- Making juice pops
- Bendaroos (I hate those things!!)
- Completely disassembling a big wheel (Benjamin)
- Activity books
- Board games - Candy Land, Guess Who, cards, HiHo Cherrio, Cooties, etc.
- Blowing bubbles in the house (gasp)
- Taking pictures like this with Mom's camera:
So I realized this parenting thing may take some extra work under these conditions. I have come up with some radical ideas to bust the boredom. Well, OK, one radical idea. I am calling it the "Arctic Dig".
I picked out a few of our plastic animals - you all have a bucket of these, right?
I put them in different-sized containers and covered them with water. Don't use too much or you will have aggravated kids!
Then I put them in the freezer overnight. Please note that I did this when the kids weren't around. Otherwise I would have had to fend off their eager attempts to "check" the ice every 20 minutes for 2 days. Counter-productive!
When they were frozen solid, I tied them up in a bag and put them in the deep-freezer to await the perfect moment of insanity that I needed avert. Trust me, it came along fairly quickly.
I gave each kid a couple of blocks of ice, a table knife and random kitchen tools, and let them go to work. They were ecstatic! We used pans with high sides to catch the water as the ice melted. I also gave them each a container of warm water to use strategically for "power-melting".
They hammered away!
Molly got her own block.
When all else fails, try your teeth!
Finally, they freed all of their "fossils".
Oh, what fun! I am pleased to say this kept them occupied for fully....
But at least it redirected the craziness a little and they had so much fun that I think I'll fill up the containers again. Little cars and other small toys might be fun to try in the next batch.
Looks like the summer will continue long and hot, so I need a few more ideas. What creative things do your kids do when the weather keeps them inside for too long?