I found an idea that I consider brilliant and was happy to borrow the idea --> SUMMER BINGO! Maddox isn't quite old enough for this (without me supervising...and I need nothing else to supervise), so only Brewer is doing summer bingo.
The sounds of "I'm bored" have started in our home now that school has been out for 3+ weeks. My kids are not used to having large blocks of time without something planned to do...probably a fault of mine. So when I heard of summer bingo, I thought it would be a great thing to implement in our home. I created Brewer's bingo cards as I wanted to incorporate friendship between he and Maddox, physical activity, household responsibility, educational activities, and fun things.
Each Sunday Brewer is given a new bingo card. Throughout the week, a sticker is placed on each square that has been completed. He has to let us know PRIOR to doing the activity. When he is finished, he places the sticker on the square. Once five stickers have made a row either horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, Brewer receives a ticket. Tickets can be redeemed for "prizes". We have a few rules in place with the bingo game as well.
Our rules look something like this:
1. You must brush your teeth and eat breakfast before playing Bingo. (Note: Brewer is our child who won't eat breakfast. This has helped with the breakfast eating as well.)
2. You must tell Mom or Dad what Bingo square you are doing.
3. etc, etc, etc,
Rewards look something like this:
2 tickets = an extra book at bedtime
3 tickets = stay up late to watch an extra TV show
5 tickets = $5.00
etc, etc, etc
Here are two examples of Bingo cards:
Brewer has some direction on the days (or hours) when we are not attending a play date, summer camp, at the movies, at the pool, etc. -- I remind him of his Bingo game. Here's Brewer reading with his TAG books.
What do you do to keep your kids entertained at home in the summer??? I'd love to hear!