Boredom Busters: 100+ Cures for Bored Kids

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"I'm bored."

It’s been a while since I posted about my work at Squidoo. Well, I just finished a brand new page over there, all about how to keep kids from being bored. I worked on it all afternoon, because I was thinking of ways to keep my own kids from complaining, and I figured I’d put it into a nice, pretty, organized page, so other people could use the ideas, too.

When I was a kid, my parents would send us outside at the beginning of summer vacation and call us back just before school started. Okay okay, maybe it wasn’t quite like that. But it seemed like we spent almost every daylight hour outdoors. Any complaint of boredom was met with suggestions of either household chores or garden tending, which motivated us to find our own activities.

I guess children today don’t get much practice being bored. They need help coming up with things to do. Remembering the things I did as a child (no cable TV or video games!) inspired me to put together a really long list of ideas for my own kids. Some of the activities are fun and games, and some are little chores. They’re mostly free and non-electronic. They might be considered old-fashioned, which means they will seem brand-new to our modern youngsters! 🙂

If you have kids (or grandkids, neighborhood ruffians, visiting relatives, etc.) who are driving you crazy with a chorus of “I’m boooooored” and “There’s nothing to do!” then check it out. Boredom Busters: 100+ Ways to Keep Kids Busy When They’re Bored.

If you have some great ideas, please leave a comment and share! Cheers!

photo by John Morgan, used under a Creative Commons license

J.K. Rowling Introduces New Harry Potter Site!

J.K. Rowling, author of the wildly popular “Harry Potter” fantasy books, has introduced a new site for Potter fans. Pottermore will be available to users later this year, and you can now submit your e-mail address to be notified when it’s open. There’s no doubt the site will become an online mecca for fans of all ages. Not only does it promise to provide a way to keep in touch with the world of wizardry, magic, and muggles, it will also feature some new content!

Pottermore by JK Rowling

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Pottermore is a free website that builds an exciting online experience around the reading of the Harry Potter books.

Early users will be granted access to the site July 31, and it will be open to the public in October.