Monday, July 27, 2015

How to keep younger kids busy and beat summer boredom!

How to keep younger kids busy and beat summer boredom!The hardest part about summer is the inevitable boredom that sets in. Children between ages 3 and 10 are always on the border of playing fine by themselves and coming to you looking for entertainment. Of course, there are things we love doing together, but there are also things they can do on their own that are creative, fun and meaningful.

We at Ontario Bakery know that you too, may need some special suggestions that not only give you a break, but enhance your child’s summer while bringing you together.

Here are some ideas we have for you to keep the boredom away this summer:

  1. How to keep younger kids busy and beat summer boredom!Plan a picnic. Depending on your child’s age or interest, you can give the picnic a theme (tea party, teddy bear or lego picnic) or keep it simple and add some little treats like fresh baked cake pops or cookies! Kids love it! Bring along things like ring toss, butterfly nets or bubbles.
  2. Bubbles! Most dollar stores have large bottles of the bubbles available or you can even make your own. There are some cool resources online that show you how to create shapes out of bubbles using just string! Kids have a blast with this one. It’s great option for the backyard or park, so they can rinse off easily.  
  3. Get reading. Go to your local library once every week or two and get as many books as you can, in the areas your child is interested in. If your child is interested in a book beyond their level, don’t be afraid to encourage the challenge. Even make a game out of it. Every chapter or page they finish gets them a little treat or prize! Remember that each child learns differently and if they feel discouraged, get into the book with them. Tell them words. Keep it fun! For younger children, enjoy reading times at the library, where they can usually have fun being read to as a group. (Or lead your own!)
  4. Summer treasure boxes. Teach them to capture memories with this simple and fun idea. Get an old shoe box. Have them decorate it their way. Then keep it available for holding little pieces of memorabilia, photos and treasure findings they gather throughout the summer. Next summer, you can revisit the box and remember your good times!
  5. Service. It’s important to keep children aware of the world around them, contributing with love. One great way, is to spend some time once a week at a nursing home. Find out what day/time the home will allow kids to visit and schedule it in. Bring baked goods (find out the rules first), bring cards and your smiles. Not only will it brighten the nursing home residents day, but the kids will most likely gain an appreciation for the stories, gratitude and joy of the elderly.

Summer is a time of swimming and sun basking. But don’t forget the little things that keep us active, creative and connected. At Ontario Bakery, our goal is just that. We are proud to provide the custom baked goods you need for every special day that comes up, from tedding bear picnics to birthdays and big weddings. Call us to place your custom order today!

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