Children’s Corner: Beating Summer Boredom

July 11, 2017 Children's Corner, Features 1

Our summer break is halfway over and it makes me so sad. Little man will be returning to school in 5 weeks and I’m just not ready to have a first grader ? He’s excited though so I’m happy about that. My little man typically doesn’t like change but if he’s ready than I guess I have to be too.

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Beating Summertime Boredom

Now that we are halfway through summer, boredom is starting to set in. I feel lucky that it’s taken half the summer as I’ve seen several friends posting that their kids were bored well before the halfway mark. Honestly, for little man the boredom started last week when rain kept us indoors almost all week. It really was bad, we were both getting stir crazy. I tried coming up with different things to do each day.

  • We did science projects courtesy of these magic beads that grow in water and can be dried and reused. Little man loved checking on them throughout the day and got excited to mark their growth.
  • We colored and played games. This kid LOVES art and is perfectly content to sit at the dining room table all day making different projects. I had some old tissue paper that we cut up and made sun catchers.
  • We created different Lego creations. Little man has more legos than we really know what to do with so this was fun. He has a project book that his grandmother got him for Christmas a few years back, and now that he is a little older, he likes looking at the pictures and trying to create his own. We built ships, planes, and robots.
  • We had a clean out too. I know this doesn’t sound like the most fun thing in the world to do with your little one, but he enjoyed straightening and putting all his toys where he wanted them to go.
  • We also went to the movies just to get out of the house. We finally saw the new Cars movie which we loved. Lightening McQueen will never be old in my son’s eyes.

In addition to all of these things, we also read. We’ve been participating in an online summer reading program that is geared towards helping your child learn to read. We decided to sign up for it this summer as little man was just starting to get the hang of reading at the end of the school year and we didn’t want him to feel behind at the start of 1st grade. So far he is loving it. There are a few lessons with each book online that he enjoys. A publisher sent us the following book and it has been a lot of fun as well. It’s still a little hard for my son but it would be perfect for the 8-12 range.


I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Children’s Corner: Beating Summer BoredomBig Book of WHY Activity Book Series: A TIME for Kids Book
Published by Time Inc. on 2017-07-18
Genres: Children
Length: 128
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher

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Hidden pictures, dot-to-dot, mazes, trivia, and funny fill-ins are just some of the engrossing activities kids will find in this jam-packed game book for the modern kid. Have you ever wanted to know what president shares your personality traits? We've got a quiz for that! Love word searches? There's one based on the theme of every chapter in Big Book of Why, from Animals to Sports.

Based on the best-selling book for the editors of TIME for Kids, Big Book of Why, this write-in, color-in activity book is the must-have for long car trips, airplane rides, and downtime at sleep-away camp.

Time’s Big Book of Why Activity Book is a fun way to stop boredom in its tracks. With coloring pages, connect the dot, mad lib type fill-ins, and lots of interesting facts this activity book is a must have for long-car trips, rainy days, vacation, and trips to grandma’s. Each page is eye-catching combining a mixture of real-life photos and and brightly colored illustrations.

There is an even mix of facts and activities as well, making it something kids can enjoy even after the activities are all done. The activities themselves proved challenging, ranging from easy connect-the-dots to “funny fill-ins” (think Mad Libs). While it was a little above my son’s head (he’s 6), we were able to read the facts and do most of the activities together. It’s perfect for the 8-12 range! If you’re looking for a boredom buster to keep your little ones occupied, I highly recommend it (especially if you have a little one that enjoys knowing the answer to why).

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One Response to “Children’s Corner: Beating Summer Boredom”

  1. Michelle @Because Reading

    OMG I am loving the Activity book! My daughter has a summer packet to do and of course is looking for other stuff. We are in the process of making some slime. We plan to find other ways to make it too. She is very hands on.

    I think my kids still have a bit of time before school starts. My son is in a summer program so he doesn’t get a break until August.

    Love this post! I hope the two of you continue to have an awesome summer together! 🙂

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