Children often complain of being bored when they’re off on their school summer holidays! And parents don’t often have the time or money to take them on expensive day trips, sports activities, cinema and so on.
Here are our top five FREE ideas to beat the boredom!
1. SCAVENGER HUNT
Give your kids a list of fun items to gather and tick off, or fun challenges. You can hunt outdoors in a garden, park or forest (natural items, creepy crawlies, litter) or indoors (“5 items that are red”, “exactly 50ml of water”, a screwdriver). You can even create a photo scavenger hunt and have kids photograph a list of things and present them to you when they’re finished. Scavenger hunts are great because they can be played in any location, and individually or in a group.
We have a free kids’ outdoor scavenger hunt that you can print off at home, and it comes in three designs.
2. PAPER CRAFTS
There are tons of free printable paper crafts for kids available on blogs, Pinterest, Instagram etc. Here are just a few:
- Printable Papercraft Unicorn
- Free Printable Guinea Pigs!
- Printable Fox Mask (Signup required)
- Free Ice Cream Cone Garland
- Printable Parisian Buildings (in French)
You can find more free kids printables on our Pinterest board.
3. MONSTER HUNT
A free printable game by Faffy Tea!
Hide our cute monsters around your house, garden or outdoor area and get the kids to find them all!
There are 12 numbered monsters to print and cut out. Each Monster prints to an A4 page, so you can use normal printer paper or white card.
4. FREE BOARD GAMES
There are also lots of free printable board games for kids available around the web.
Kids will have so much fun cutting and crafting a board game that they can play afterwards! Here are just a few:
- “Inside Out” Printable Emotions Board Game
- Free Rain and Rainbows Board Game
- Free Printable Galaxy Game
You can find more free kids games on our Pinterest board.
5. BOREDOM BUSTER JAR
This is a fab idea – a jar full of suggestions/tasks of things to do whenever kids complain that they are bored!
Why not make your own at the start of the summer holidays?
Or you can download a set of free printable activity cards to add to your jar, and then decorate / prettify it to create a boredom buster kit.
Find the free printables over at While He Was Napping Blog.