I’m contributing to a series of posts over at Cozi’s Live Simply called Helping Kids Help Themselves, and the most recent post features ideas to help kids entertain themselves:
We’ve all seen it in action: Kids who are “so bored!” eventually coming up with creative ways to pass the time. For our third tip in the series Helping Kids Help Themselves, we offer a few great ideas that help kids figure out how to entertain themselves.
One consequence of the advent of electronics is that kids have a harder time entertaining themselves without the TV, video game console, computer or other electronic toy beeping and flashing at them. But boredom can be a great spark for creativity and innovation! In the bestselling book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, author Richard Louv says this:
“At its best, boredom forces creativity…Constructively bored kids eventually turn to a book, or build a fort, or pull out the paints (or the computer art program) and create, or come home sweaty from a game of neighborhood basketball.”
So how do we encourage kids to find ways to entertain themselves instead of whining about being bored?