No screen time (defined as television or video games) on school nights, until everyone is ready for bed, sounds like an easy idea. But there is a magical quality to the time between 3:10 pm and 5:30 pm – And by magical, I mean that time stands still.
These two and a half hours are the danger zone for screen time slippage. And it usually starts with the words “I’m bored” fired in rapid fashion at my husband who is trying to manage work, home improvements, and dinner preparations.
To help my husband defend himself against the onslaught, we created the “I’m bored” jar filled with almost seventy (yes, that’s 7-0) answers to the question “What can we do?”
Unfortunately I can’t capture the whining in writing.
Some of my favorite ideas were:
- long jump contest
- dress like a superhero
- learn how to do a handstand
- make paper plate masks
- skip to the corner and back
- learn five new words
- create a paper bag puppet show
The rules are simple – if you select a card you can’t put it back for another, and you have to do the activity. Not all of the activities are fun, some are educational or chore-related (cleaning the toy bins; sort your bookcase) and if both kids are bored, then both kids do the activity. Not all the activities take a lot of time, so it’s okay to pull another card if they still need ideas.
Completed activities go back into the jar, but we will also have to come up with new ideas hopefully I will be able to get more input from the kids and my husband.
I hope they have as much fun doing the activities as I had making the cards!
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