Summer is only a few weeks in and the kids are already bored. I sat down with Chelsey Hernandez on Channel 13 to talk about some “Summer Boredom Busters” to keep the kids busy this summer if they didn’t go to Summer Camps. I have a few fun ideas to do over the summer to try and beat those boredom blues.
The fun thing about these ideas is that you can adjust everything to fit your kid’s ages and to fit what you have around your house…WITHOUT SCREEN TIME!
Painting Rocks- The Kindness Project started years ago but we started doing it last summer after Janie with Fun2gomisters told me about it. She does it as a sensory tool to help her kids. What I love about this project is that all ages can get involved. Make it a contest between the adults and teenagers, and the little ones, just let them enjoy being creative for a little bit. My kids are 5 & 3 and love painting. When I told them we were painting on rocks their little faces lit up with pure joy. And I got to be “the cool mom” for a second. (YAY!). Who isn’t going to love painting on rocks to hide for someone?
The Kindness Project was started to help build community and inspire people to be kind to others, in today’s world we could use a lot more of this. It is meant to spread joy to strangers who need it. The concept is painting the rocks, attach a label to the bottom so the person knows what to do with the rock. Next, go hide them for others to find. It will brighten someone’s day, I promise you. The right rock always finds the right person on the day when they need it the most. If you find a Kindness Rock, there are a few Facebook Pages to post on to let people know you found and re-hid the rocks. Humble Rock Hunt and Kingwood Rock Hunt.
Keep it simple. Don’t over think. Make it F-U-N!
-I got landscaping rocks from my front yard, you can get them at Michael’s or Lowe’s or any similar store.
-Wash the rocks to removed mud, dirt and let them dry completely.
-Prime Rocks. This step isn’t necessary but I think the next coat of paint sticks better and helps smooth the surface.
-Paint with Acrylic Paints from Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, Amazon. Keep it simple.
For my kids I let them choose 2 colors at a time so it wasn’t a complete mess.
-Let the paint dry completely
-Create details with Acrylic Paint Markers (you do not have to do this step, just something fun to do and adds detail).
-Modge Podge your label on the bottom and let it dry fully.
-Seal the rocks with a Clear Outdoor Protectant to keep the paint color while sitting out in the sun.
Label for Kindness Rock Project: Place on the bottom of each rock
Take one for yourself or re-hide it for someone to find it.
Sharing a smile could brighten someone’s day.
Share on Facebook: Humble Rock Hunt
#thekindnessproject #kingwoodmoms #sharinglove
Acrylic Paint Pens
Outdoor- Modge Podge
If you aren’t local you can still do The Kindness Rock Project. Check out their website
to learn more. Create and register your own Facebook group with The Kindness Rocks Project. Start this in your area because the more people we can reach, the better.
A few more ideas that are often forgotten about are,
*Watch Airplanes on Lee Road- We make it fun and pack a snack.
Did you know you can ask Siri about planes overheard? Siri will respond with a list of planes above you at that very moment. The list gives the airlines and flight number, the altitude, the angle, the type of plane and more information. How cool is that?!
You can also check when the flights overseas are coming in if you would like to see the bigger planes.
**Lindsey Lyons has a huge shade area- go early before it gets hot and crowded with field trips
**Schoot Park off of Will Clayton is a huge park with a covered pavilion and picnic tables
**Deuseen Park– so much shade and picnic tables. Pack a picnic to get out of the house
**Indoor playground-Kingwood 1st Baptist and Kingwood United Methodist
One of our favorite activities is a playdough kit or sensory bin filler from LEAP-Literacy Enrichment and Play.
LEAP was created by 2 Houston Moms who met while teaching together.
What sets them apart from any other kit is they come with a book and a full list of activities for you to do to incorporate literacy with the other fun activities!
Make sure to stay up to date and check out the events calendar on the website for all the things local!
Check back again next week to hear how to get your kids to volunteer.