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    • #18914

      Hi! I have a 6th grade boy homeschooler. We live rually so when he is done with school and any sport activities he can get very bored. What can I do? He already spends WAY to much time on Computers of all kinds. This includes gaming. Need other things to engage him with.

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        HI Everyone! Not sure how to respond individually, however thank you for all the replies Yes, we read but he hates it. We read with an audio reader and it’s better. We just finished A Wrinkle In Time in time for the movie as a treat for finishing. We do play board games as a family but board games are expensive,and I’ve gotten jilted on used games. He love Monopoly and beats us every time. But it’s such a long game. As to art, yes he likes it but IF it’s on the computer.
        Please let me know if there’s a way to respond individually. Not so great at this. lol

    • #19756

      Family game nite..even help cleaning up but talking is good for us

    • #20175

      Is he interested in anything artistic, like drawing, music, etc.?

    • #20424

      Does he have a pet? Or animals he is responsible for?

    • #20722

      Play music, dance, cook, make chores fun.

    • #20762

      More outdoor activities: nature scavenger hunt, outdoor walks (with you, maybe) and a flashlight, build a fort

    • #29418

      First you should identify her interests. Then try to concentrate her more towards that.

    • #33890

      Play music

    • #34210

      maybe music but also video games like guitar hero that can then be transferred into real life. or sports in wii

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      Maybe he just hasn’t read anything he’s liked yet. I know I have to be really into a book to appreciate it. How about volunteer work? I really do think that helps build character. I don’t know how that works with his age in an actual place of business, but maybe you two can do something together. Clean up a park, offer to walk a neighbor’s dog while they’re working, go through clothes and donate to a worthy cause. Anything! It might make him appreciate what he has more. 🙂 Good luck!

    • #88572

      I think the thing with kids is to still try and push them to stay active because in all honestly no one needs to be spending time on their electronics instead of just being. playing outside, reading books, collecting things, volunteering, going to a youth center to be around kids the same age, getting into music or insturments are all awesome things kids can do

    • #104345

      Amazing information thank you all

    • #104365

      something musical or athletic

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    • #105974

      It is hard with kiddos that age. Maybe help him explore new interest or hobbies? My Hubs and Son race and build RC cars. My daughter likes to scrapbook. I freebie hunt/coupon.

    • #279907

      Its so hard sometimes.. especially with the colder weather

    • #341514

      try to engage him with chores…this way he could help at home…or some cooking or arts?

    • #342081

      dance , walk outside , board games

    • #342097

      walk outside, bike games pretend games

    • #342633

      my child is bored in the house am play with my kids

    • #342665

      We started a new routine we do chores for a bit then earning a hour of tv electronics then there is another chore and then another hour of tv time or electronic, afteroons for physical fitness outside depending on the weather and then evening chores and family time after dinner so we all watch tv by bed time it’s reading it has really helped change the I’m bored tantrums as everyone is to busy doing things that have to be done.

    • #343558

      suggession activities stem activities

    • #344370

      So many great ideas

    • #347525

      my son bored in the house

    • #347930

      good hints, desperate to read this during our lock down

    • #351215

      my child bored all time am entertaiment with games

    • #351613

      play outside

    • #353202

      If you child(ren) is bored, try more family oriented activities. Depending on your childs age, select games or activities to their liking. I.e. my 3 girls love to help cook, play board games and play with their dolls. If i suggest that i, their mama, plays as well, which is something I don’t normally do, they will get excited and won’t feel as “bored” as before. You know your children better than anyone, color to gather, start a new hobbie, go on a walk after schooling and have your child tell you what’s something they’d like to do, for a change. Hope this helps.

    • #354181

      There are fun educational games online or tv shows that he could watch. If you have a set daily routine with breakfast, school, lunch, play outside, snack, dinner, shower,bed time. That would work too. Mabey invest in some board games or cards. Incorporate some chores before he uses any electronics.

    • #355421

      I try to take him outside to play for a little or we play some board games or puzzles.

    • #355931

      I love taking my kids on walks and bike rides. We also paint and hide rocks. Super fun and gets them out of the house!

    • #356215

      A themed scavenger hunt works with my kids

    • #343336

      I find my children can even enjoy cleaning and helping out around the house if they do it with me. Sometimes we throw random dance parties. Anything to keep moving.

    • #368709

      My son typically is a very active child. He was too high energy and some times he lost his concentration to focus. It’s very hard this time because we are doing virtual home school witch is hard for him to understand why he can’t go to school.

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    • #357547

      Go for a walk, play board games, have him help you with chores/cook.

    • #369334

      My son likes to draw. Maybe something he can build or create. Maybe even cooking.

    • #371251

      Nature walks/ ABC savenger hunt outside. Learn to woodwork-build a treehouse/canoe. Not only do they plan but they get to use their hands and brains and accomplish something ❤️

    • #371265

      As parents you often hear I’m bored. I always start by take care of our hygiene together if possible have breakfast exercise planning what are days activities will be in between Zoom and video chatting for work and school will be. Allow the child or children to assist as a reminder of errands we have to accomplish. Helping with daily chores. While doing homework assignments give breaks. Talk about stuff other then school. Choose a current event to read about and ask what have you learned or what’s your opinion on their current tv shows cartoons etc

    • #371511

      I set up scavenger hunts for my kids aged 5 and 4 with stuff from around the house or themed for different holidays. I’ll write a list out with hand drawn pics beside the words. We do this everyday so that the kids can be more aware of their surroundings. So it’s a fun learning experience, for me as well!

    • #374657

      Such a great idea.

    • #374861

      Scavenger hunts are great! We do them alot.

    • #375141

      Amazing information thank you so much.

    • #375183

      awesome info

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    • #379896

      My kids love to help me bake muffins, cookies,etc.

    • #380762

      I can advise reading and board games. We also cook together with children and learn languages. A lot of time is spent on homework. They love to watch cartoons, so it is difficult to control the time on the tablet, but I try to watch with them so that this time is spent together. 

    • #381254

      Amazing information.

    • #375289

      Trampoline has been my best purchase for my son.

    • #375587

      Thank you for sharing.

    • #388895

      Try Legos or building flakes. My son loves them.

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    • #389085

      Chores that don’t feel like chores: raking leaves in the fall, a garden in the spring etc. Learn to cook and be responsible for one meal a week (including shopping list). Big muscle activity to counter the screen time: skateboarding? Maybe you could help him build a small ramp.

    • #396924

      Scavenger hunts have been a game
      Changer. I make a list of things I know my son can find in the yard and once he’s found all of it, he will draw pictures of what he found. Keeps him busy! I also think reading is great if they can find something they’re interested in.

    • #402032

      I would get him to clean his room, wash dishes while listening to music, make chores fun and give him a point which equals a dollar value and then end of the week he has a couple of dollars. Earning his way.

    • #402450

      When my son is bored, we have a dance party. I throw on some of his favorite songs right off of youtube, and we get to grooving!

    • #411565

      board games or crafts

    • #413316

      We do service projects or community service projects when the kids are bored. Senior homes love handmade cards and pictures.

    • #415092

      great thread!

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    • #420665

      We usually try to play games a couple nights a week and sometimes we bake little things to pass the time!

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    • #429691

      We love game nights, books and hikes…nature is a great cure to boredom.

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    • #434624

      We love go hiking.

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      I suggest going to a butterfly museum or go on a nature walk. Make it a hunt and whoever gets all the items on the list gets a prize under $10.00 . Did you know that children who are often confined to one place for long periods are more likely to develop ADHD??? ( Child psychology). It really helps to get that sunshine. Maybe a Summer camp. Find one that also teaches! They have equipment to make for a fun Summer. If you are working from home like most of us moms..this helps a bunch!!
      Outside fun is the best!

    • #435339

      Good read.

    • #435615

      We have a jar that we call the Award Time Jar, the jar has non-screen time activities

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    • #437740

      We have a routine, my kids have their own chores and then they have to help me finish up house work. After chores are done they are aloud some “me” time. The moment I hear “I’m bored” I tell them to write their pen pal. Once the letters are written we walk to the mail box. We play I spy games, scavenger hunts and listen to music on our 5 minute walk.

      I also encourage my kids to google things like outside art projects, game, experiments and then they try the ones they like. I also have them help in the kitchen. Making meals can be fun and it teaches a life skill. Even though it takes 20 minutes for them to peel my potatoes its worth it. We also have family game night, after dinner walks, and movie night.

      Hope it helps

    • #438819

      Outside activities are great. Start a garden. Go look for bugs.

    • #439026

      try involving him in house chores like cooking and gardening.

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    • #440654

      Go out on a trip 🙂

    • #440682

      Amazing information

    • #440927

      Bike rides

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