It’s summer time. And I LOVE summer time. I love sleeping late, going to the pool, eating copious amounts of popsicles, and everything else that goes along with summer.
One thing that I DON’T love about summer, though, is the boredom. Not my own – I don’t think that I’ve been “bored” in almost six years, when L came into the world (because when you’re a parent, there’s no time to be bored). No, I’m talking about my kids’ boredom. On the first day of summer vacation (you know, yesterday), I heard the phrase “I’m boooooooooored” at least two thousand times. And that’s a conservative estimate.
So I have decided to repel summer boredom. The girls and I are going to make an “I’m Bored” book. Basically, I’m going to re-purpose L’s three-ring binder from school and fill it with pictures of things to do when the dreaded Bored Syndrome strikes. It’ll be like my household management binder (https://searchingforsupermom.wordpress.com/2012/03/09/householdmanagementbinder/), but for kids. I’m in the early planning stages right now, but I’ll share it as soon as we’re finished. Don’t worry, it’ll be finished soon – there are few things in life that I get as excited about as a good binder!
In the meantime, though, we decided to implement our first “I’m Bored” project, which I got from an old copy of The Toddler’s Busy Book: Tape City.
This has got to be the easiest project ever. Do you have masking tape? Do you have toy cars? Then you, my friend, are ready to make a Tape City.
I took a roll of masking tape and laid it across the carpet in our dining room in a road-type fashion:
Obviously, not a lot of forethought or artistic planning went into this.
Add a box full of old Matchbox cars and you’re in business!
All three girls – even my 16 month old – played with this for HOURS.
And I got to make dinner in (relative) peace. Then, when clean-up time game, we just peeled the tape up and threw it away (warning – don’t leave it on overnight or it could gum up your carpet). It was so easy, we might even do it again tomorrow.