I don’t know if other parents do this, but I limit my boys’ “electronic time” (what it’s called in our house). I limit it because I think children should have time to be alone with their thoughts and to explore the limitless possibilities of their imagination. So, my boys are required to have “imagination time.” Unbeknownst to them, I love when they say they’re bored because I know a whole lotta creatin’ is about to go down!
One such time was last weekend. The boys had to end “electronic time” and begin “imagination time.” Boy were they mad! Ha! Especially since they were trying out a fairly new Wii U game. Eventually (as they saw mama didn’t care) the pouting and “I’m bored!” yelps turned into productivity.
They soon realized Hudson, my youngest, who had just had a birthday a few weeks ago, had a few gifts he hadn’t opened. One such gift was a Crayola Marker Maker. This thing is wonderful! They were so into creating different colors! They let me name one (Oceanwater) and even made a special one for me (Purple Magic)! You can find the Crayola Marker Maker here!
So, the next time your kid’s say they’re bored, get excited! And, DON’T give in to the pouting. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by what they create!
What are some creative things your children have done when bored? We could all use some suggestions. 🙂
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