As the novelty of Spring Break starts to fade and every kid within a five-mile radius seems to be out of town, our parental responses to "I'm bored, what should I do?" may become a bit, shall we kindly say, edgy. It's time for backup—preferably some mind-sparking activities that won't take all day to prepare or clean up after. Here are some things to do and sites to visit that might help at least a few minutes fly by:
- Start a word collection like Selig in The Boy Who Loved Words. Just make sure to provide a collection of cut-able publications to get things started!
- Write a letter like the boy in If You'll Be My Valentine. How about one to your pet?
- Or, take a lesson from Ike, and write a letter from your pet. Ben did a podcast one time from the point of view of our cat Mango and it was hilarious! Just Grace takes this a step further and creates a cardboard cutout of her neighbor's cat and then photographs the feline around town to create postcards that she sends to the neighbor from her pet.
- If you never had a chance to visit the site of Owly author, Andy Runton, now would be a great time.
- Take this opportunity to try a fun reading challenge. Better yet, make up your own!
- Check out Storynory and download some free audio stories.
- Make a list of Good Things like Mr. Putter and Tabby.
- Why not break out the video camera and record your kids telling a story?
- Write a little book like Library Mouse. This fantastic post from SouleMama on making books with and for kids is great inspiration.
Add a comment below if you've got some word-friendly ways to keep kids busy!