Even though it’s summer vacation, my kids and I need some structure to our days. To aid my never-ending battle against entropy, I put together this schedule this morning. Though the kids say it’s too much like school, it makes sense to have something down on paper.
This reminds us what needs to be done each day, and still leaves time for “recess,” video games, and time to be bored. “Mom School” is my name for the little bits of academic review we do (math facts, mostly).
I’m sharing this here in case it helps your family, too. Put it into a plastic page protector or laminate it, to keep it from being destroyed too quickly. If you cover it with plastic, you could even use a transparency marker to cross off the completed tasks and wipe it off for re-use at the end of the day.
General summer vacation daily schedule for kids (download and print).
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photo by Jan Tik, used under CC license
School’s out, and summer vacation is in full swing. Or full boredom, as my kids would have me believe. As much as I enjoy technology and gadgets, my kids and I benefit from some unplugged time. However, as soon as I turn off the electronics, I’m hit with a barrage of “I’m booooored. There’s nothing to do. Can I have a turn on the computer?” This annoys me.
Excuse me while I indulge in a bit of reminiscing…
Listen up, children.
When I was your age, we didn’t have cable TV. We had three channels, and cartoons were only on Saturday mornings.
We didn’t have a computer.
We didn’t have video games.
We didn’t have air conditioning.
We had bikes and sprinklers and mosquito bites and neighborhood kids to keep us entertained all summer.
And Dad made us work in the garden.
So if you are bored, go outside and be bored until you’re not bored any more. You will survive. You will figure out what to do, and you will even have fun! Here are some ideas to get you started.
Geek Mom’s old-fashioned, non-electronic, free outdoor summer vacation activities:
- Pick up a rock and see what’s living under it.
- Smooth out some sand and draw in it.
- Mix dirt and water to make mud.
- Write on the sidewalk with a rock.
- Sit in the shade and watch the sky.
- Learn how to whistle with a blade of grass.
- Make a kazoo with a plastic comb and waxed paper.
- Melt stuff in the sun.
- Look for bugs.
- Find another kid who looks bored. Talk about stuff.
I’m sure there are lots of other great ideas for curing boredom. Please share yours in the comments!
Happy Father’s Day to all of the super nerdy, geeky, quirky, fun-loving dads in the universe! And for all of the kids lucky enough to have a geeky dad, I hope you found the perfect Father’s Day card to express your love and appreciation. Looks like Luke and Leia found one suitable for their old man. Cheers!
Yesterday at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles, Sony revealed the next generation of Playstation gaming console: the Playstation 4. It has a parallelogram profile, and a black finish that is divided into glossy and matte areas by a blue line. The PS4 package includes a new controller, sensor bar and headset.
Here are some highlights from the Sony press event:
- Playstation 4 will not require online connection
- Sensor bar will not be “always on”
- Sony will not impose new restrictions on used games
- CD-based games can still be re-sold, traded or shared
- Playstation Plus (approximately $5 per month) will be required for online multiplayer games (such as Call of Duty)
- PS4 controller includes Share button for uploading gameplay to Ustream
- PS4 bundle retail price will be $399
Got $399 burning a hole in your bank account? You can pre-order your Playstation 4 right now!