I'm in desperate need for ideas to break summer boredom without breaking the bank!

Leasa - posted on 06/05/2012 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My 6yo, Eric and I live alone on a 60 acre farm. The nearest large town is 20mi away so day camps are out of the question.

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Get a hammer and nails. Birdhouse patterns or make your own. Do you have a dog, train him.
Make a tree house/fort. Garden? Let him play with trucks. Collect bugs and pin them to a cork board. Bike with him, make trails. (BMX paths with jumps).

Bake on rainy days, movies in the evenings. Camp, in the house. Blankets over chairs to make the tent. Smores in the microwave. Let him help write/print the grocery list and then help shop. Hit the 2nd hand store.

Swimming either dugout or one day every 2 weeks go to town? Any friends close? sleepovers.

Natasha - posted on 06/12/2012

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My six year old and I go camping even if it is just somewhere on your property get away from phone tv and computer. Collect wood for fire go fishing do bush cooking like damper. AS you can tell we are Australian. Go for walks bike riding and play hide and seek. My boy has been brought up camping and he loves gathering the wood so we can have abig camp fire at night so he can sing and make songs and stories. I find when I unplug from everyday demands my boy just laps it up and nine times out of ten he entertains himself while I read a book because he is too busy exploring. Make sure you make him aware of the haszard of the camping ground and observe he obey rules for first day and once he has past the test you are able to have a rest yourself. Try 3 days first then later in the holiday try a little longer I garantee he will want to do the second camp if you suggest it. My son and I umplug for to 9 days now,

Mercede - posted on 06/08/2012

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Leasa, we live in Toronto and still have the same problem as you do. in our neighbourhood, kids either don't exist or never play outside. it's a quite neighbourhood and in summer it's even more quite as people leave for vacation, etc. As summer is approching I'm just trying to come up with ideas to keep my 3 kids busy and acitve. I know what kids need more than anything else is playmates but I don't know what to do about that. so, you can see that even people who live in big cities might have the same problem. I just wish that life was the same as it was when we grew up. and people were more sociable and not so over protective of their kids.

Rachel - posted on 06/08/2012

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Get dirty. Make a mud bog. Or, get creative. We also live in the country, and farmers haul rocks from their fields, and we take them and paint them and line our garden with them. Just a few bucks from the dollar store for supplies. Plant a vegetable patch. Nothing fancy (because that gets pricey). Mostly just keep the t.v. off, and let your kid guide you. Last summer, I scribed for dozens of stories my kids invented. And our local thrift store has a ton of board games. Really though, you just need to unplug the antisocial technology, and let the rest happen. They need practice pursuing their own interests, with you as helper, and mentor, not program coordinator.

Holly - posted on 06/06/2012

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If you have ducks or geese, go feed them with bread.

My kids love the slip adn slide!

Go for a picnic.

It might be worth it to invvest in a Bocce game (you throw a little ball and then each playerhas 2 colored balls. You try and get your ball as close to the little one as possible. My kids have played since they were 4 and love it. You could make your own with tennis balls and a golf ball).

Make cookies together or anything you can bake.'

Leola - posted on 06/06/2012

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Hi my name is leola and i have four children and a stay at home mom but its a job in its self...lol

Tiffiny - posted on 06/06/2012

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get a tarp , put dish soap and water all over it and make a slip and slide..... that will last longer than a real slip n slide...... sprinkler , put dish soap in the hose before connecting to the sprinkler and you'll have bubble fun..... have a fire and roast marshmellows even during the day kids will luv it.... have a movie day something u haven't watched in awhile and make popcorn

Melissa - posted on 06/06/2012

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Are you on Pinterest? There are soooo many links to blogs with ideas of things to do with kids without breaking the bank.

Katherine - posted on 06/06/2012

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Go outside and play! Chalk, do you have horses by chance? Try meetup.com. Find playgroups at your library. Blow bubbles.

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