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MamaResources: Summer Boredom Busters

Ahhh…July, the heart of summer. When you can still enjoy pool parties, campfires and sparklers without back to school prep looming large. Sadly, this is also about the time that kiddos start tossing out the dreaded “b-word”. “Mom, I’m bored.”

*Sigh*

Now, you could load the little complainers up with chores to keep them busy, but if that feels a bit like the “I’ll give you something to cry about” solution, then give an afternoon of crafty activities a shot.

Here is a list of great online resources for when summer boredom strikes.

The Dollar Stretcher http://www.stretcher.com/stories/05/05jul11f.cfm
“The ABC’s of Beating Summer Boredom… this site has 26 wonderful ideas for combating the “I’m Bored!” summer blues.”

Kaboose http://holidays.kaboose.com/summer-busters.html
“Kaboose’s boredom busters are sure to inspire enthusiasm, creativity and lead to some good old-fashioned fun. Choose from outdoor ideas like playing in the dirt, water games or races and indoor ideas like movies, crafts or kitchen treats!”

Family Education http://fun.familyeducation.com/vacations/childrens-science-activities/33593.html
“If the heat has caused temporary meltdown of your child’s imagination, jumpstart his sun-soaked brain with great ideas for filling the summer with fun.” (Sunny day activities, Rainy day activities, Backyard Science, Recommended Reading, Arts & Crafts, and more!)

Buddy http://www.buddyproject.org/jfy/kids/articles/summer.asp
The Top 10 Ways to Prevent Summer Boredom… start a club, become an expert on something, sell your stuff, surf the web, grab a book, and many more tips!

Our Busy Family Life http://family-life.familieswithpurpose.com/2006/06/01/summer-boredom-busters-2/
Here are ten great ideas to keep kids from getting the summer blues… (Build an ice cream stand, plan a treasure hunt, start a puzzle, etc.)

Kids Craft Weekly http://www.kidscraftweekly.com/
Sign up for Kids Craft Weekly! These newsletters are PACKED with great ideas, tips, and activities for your kids this summer…

Amazing Moms http://www.amazingmoms.com/htm/kidsart.htm
This site is full of great arts and crafts ideas for kids…

DLTK Kids http://www.dltk-kids.com/
DLTK’s Crafts for Kids features a variety of fun, printable children’s crafts, coloring pages and more!

The Idea Box http://www.theideabox.com/summer.html
The Idea Box is full of kids crafts, games, recipes, and more for this summer!

There are also several blogs listed in the TodaysMama blog directory that offer great ideas for families:

Make and Takes http://www.makeandtakes.com/

BloesemKids http://www.bkids.typepad.com/

Vanilla Joy http://www.vanillajoy.com/

Emily Falconbridge http://www.embers.typepad.com/e/

Maya Made http://mayamade.blogspot.com/

May your summer days be filled with happy kids!

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