Year end school holidays are round the corner, and I'm going to schedule in unstructured time for the kids to just "do nothing" at home. I bet I'm going to hear the phrase "Mama, I'm bored!" a little more often!
Are you afraid of your kids saying that they are bored? Share this funny book all about boring things!
Why do people feel bored? Whose fault is it when one feels bored? What does boring mean? If we do something differently, does it make it less boring? Do bugs feel bored?
My favorite page has got to be the Boring Amusement Park! With a rollercoaster that is too slow, game stalls that are too easy, ferris wheel that is too short, most of the stations are closed for repair, and a haunted house that is not scary at all.
Tickle your funny bone with the author and illustrator's amazing sense of humour! This book may not provide you with solutions for boredom, but it definitely brings out fun discussions on being bored. Maybe THAT will relieve the boredom a little?
Take the chance to sit down with your child, and come up with a list of fun things to do when he or she feels bored!
Recommended for Ages: 4-12
Language: Simplified Chinese
Translated from: Japanese
Translated by: 毛丹青
When travelling or going for long drawn dinners, we usually prep
- a new / kept-for-a-long-time toy (toy car works well for my boys)
- sticker books
- bubble bottles
- a new book
- writing materials and notebook
A personal tip, used as a last resort when kids are bored at home - I take a big box of books kept away for the past half a year, and tell the kids "Wow..... we have lots of books in the house! But many of them haven't been read in a long time. I wonder if they would be better appreciated in another home." Usually results in them flipping books, magazines and comics for the rest of the afternoon!
Here are some reads about being bored, and possible reactions as parents!
- Why You Should Do Nothing When Your Child Says, "I'm Bored" by HuffPost
- Awesome actionable tips here Handling Boredom: Why It's Good for Your Child by Aha! Parenting