In our house “I’m Bored” is more than a four letter word. It’s a FIVE letter word that is banned. No one is allowed to use it!! Period!!! The result of using the word is choosing either to lose points on My JobChart or picking from the dreaded jar of chores!!! Apparently the jar of chores is the lesser of two evils.
In order to encourage self stimulation and motivation to find activities that do not include computer and TV, I have come up with a list of activities to pick from BEFORE we decide there is nothing to do. I went through the children’s toys and books, found the least used items and put them on the list. I also added a list of activities to learn ie:skipping with a rope and hoola hooping. There are scavenger hunts for missing puzzle pieces, things found to make a craft with and letter hunts. All of these things can be altered based on you child’s age and skill ability.
|This is the checklist I made|
So far it has worked wonderful. It has turned out to be a great clutter buster since I decided that if those rarely used items get put in the giveaway pile if they are not something they ready don’t want to do.