WFMW “Mom, I’m Bored” Summer Edition

Like it or lump it, summer is here.
We’re definitely in the liking it phase.
But I know the three dreaded words will escape the lips of my children when I least expect it!
I want to be prepared. I want my bag ‘o tricks to be stuffed with ideas to fend off those idle moments.
So, I will be referring back to this blog post (with your ideas) often.
Here’s my tip to beat summer boredom: School.
Yes, you read that right! Even though my kids are thrilled school is ending this week, I know they love playing school. It is fun being the one with the red pen!
I’ve been gathering some items and plan to set up ‘centers’ one day a week. I discovered some great teacher’s resources at The Dollar Store (like a hall pass, award charts and teacher stickers) and I found an awesome set of teacher stamps at a garage sale. I only have one red pen, so my kids will have take turns being the teacher. I bought a couple of summer bridge books and I plan on sneaking them in!
My real life friend, Cheryl, gave me this idea too: I created charts and gave them to my kids this week to fill out and color. They wrote down all the fun things they like to do at home. I laminated the lists and will keep them handy for those moments. Boredom just needs to be redirected!
Need more ideas? How about 216 of them? Inspired Letters, a new Etsy store, is giving away 216 Summer Ideas for Bored Children to FOUR WFMW linkers today! The ideas are housed in adorable mercantile mason jars and are suitable for K-12! (Winners will be announced Wed. night when I close Mr. Linky)
I just looked thru the one Inspired Letters gifted to me and I’m very excited to put these great ideas to use!
{Thank you for joining me for WFMW! You can read the guidelines here.}

Have a Works-For-Me Wednesday tip you’d like to share? I’d love for you to join us! Please note that the links will close at 8 pm CST tonight, in order to keep away the spammers!

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Works for Me Wednesday Participants

1. Kirsty@Momedy:Kids Set Summer Goals!
2. Sunnymama (mud)
3. Smockity Frocks (Boredom Busters)
4. Maria D. (Great kid’s game!)
5. Raise Them Up
6. TrentTribe (Rainy Day Fun)
7. Hoosier Homemade(Summer Fun)
9. Steady Mom (watch more tv)
10. Amy @ Finer Things (embrace the minimalist)
11. It Feels Like Chaos (summer fun)
12. ElizabethG (Volunteer)
13. Real Life (Activitiy jar and musical stories!)
14. Angie (kids in leadership)
15. Mommy’s Idea Book (Beating Travel Boredom)
16. Muthering Heights
17. The Diaper Diaries (VBS)
18. Amy @ Momstoolbox (Idea jar and Boredom Blasting Series)
19. A Simple Walk (easy summertime reading)
20. Kate @ Stolen Moments (outdoor smores)
21. the Animators Wife (spend free ideas)
22. Chicagoland HSN (motivating kids beats boredom)
23. Kelly’s Krazy Kids (Library Box)
24. 5intow (routines fend off boredom)
25. Sharon @ Because I Must
26. Heather @ Just Doing My Best (Secret Summer Box)
27. Shannon @ Seeking to Glorify (Hand-Me-Down Toys)
28. Angie @ Many Little Blessings {Old Toys Made New and Exciting}
29. Allison@Savoring the Moments 1st TIME!! (Boredom Buster Box and list of ideas)
30. Lynn’s Kit. Adv. (cooking with kids, smores)
31. Cheap Summer Family Movies
32. ilovemy5kids (77 B Busters
33. Frugal Girls
34. heir-raising tales (summer memorization program
35. Weird Unsocialized HS’ers (new habits & more!)
36. Wisdom’s Pupil
37. This Side of Eternity (Try Playing in the Dirt)
38. Simply Sweet Home (Easy cakes/Make with kids)
39. stephanie (i-scream)
40. NerdFamily Food (Brownie Bites with Kids)
41. NerdFamily (Summer Blahs)
42. Holly@Homebody (popsicle recipes)
43. NerdFamily Things (Awesome toy!)
44. Karen@FamilyBriefs
45. Sasha @ Cherished Moments (great resource sites)
46. Keeping the Castle
48. Tara @ Feels like home (fun with a toddler)
49. Green Baby Guide (Green Baby Books)
50. Rocks In My Dryer (popsicles)
51. Amyswandering (Search for Free Attractions)
52. april(using the library)
53. Donna @ WayMoreHomemade (Summer Research Projects)
54. Gravity of Motion (Summer Soap)
55. exhale. return to center. (keeping *mama* from getting bored)
56. My Frugal Adventures:: Free National Parks!
57. My Frugal Adventures:: Super Cheap Movies!
58. cool dad (junk food or inflight tantrum?)
59. Homemaker Barbi (Summer Vacation Snacks)
60. Lisa @ Moore Minutes (Sanity in the Summertime…must read book!)
61. Carey – Life in the Carpool Lane (Plastic Bag Paratroopers)
62. My Three Bubs
63. Kristin’s The BIG Plan
64. Amanda at A Homegrown Life (creative calendar)
65. Andrea @ Running with Perseverance (car trips)
66. ParentWonder – Smart Shopping Tips
67. LaVonne (Inflatable Cheap Pool)
68. Zoe in England
69. What is it NOW(Boredom Buster GIVEAWAY)
70. Stretch Mark Mama (Big Honkin’ List O’ Summer Ideas)
71. Janis @ SneakPeek (Free books & dvds)
72. The Happy Housewife ~ Fun, Free, & Educational
73. Fairion -PJ LIbrary
74. Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates (Free movies, park days & more)
75. Robin~All Things Heart and Home (Summer Spread)
76. Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet (How can you be bored?)
77. Jolanthe {Koolaid Playdough}
78. Girls in White Dresses (making online books for kids)
79. Cardamoms Pod (Bored?)
80. Christin
81. Homeschool Creations {Summer Science Kit Giveaway!}
82. A Heart for Home (Frozen Fruit Cocktail ~ Great Kid Project and Treat)
83. BusyMom (Treasure Hunts)
84. Manda @ LambsInHisArms (The Obedience Game)
85. Becky (summer lists)
86. Brilliant Moms (geocaching)
87. LANA- Cheap Thrills
88. Corrie @ “Cents”able Momma (My Points – Earn Free Gift Cards)
89. Jennifer @ Joyful & Graceful Living) – Freezing Biscuits
90. Julie (lots of ideas and lots of linksfor fun in SC)
91. JM@princesswithahalfpricatirara(Activity-Reward Jar)
92. Dusty (Great ideas for toddlers! Homemade paint and bubbles,etc)
93. Julie From Inmates
94. Bailey’s Leaf (Learning Kit)
95. Jill @ MoneySavinDiva (summer boredom busters)
96. Stephanie (Keeping the master copy safe)
97. Simply Practical (for an infant)
98. Multi-Tasking Mommy (children’s songs on the net)
99. Jen (20 ideas)
100. Pam at BeyondJustMom (bad mother book list)
101. Overwhelmed Working Mom (help!)
102. Sandra (random holidays to celebrate!)
103. Newlyweds (Best Bubbas)
104. Melissa @ Frugal Creativity (cheap video game & giveaway)
105. chili pepper
106. Mom of Faith (Summer FUN!!)
107. Camian Academy (“I’m Bored” is not allowed)
108. Paula @ Organizing Tips (Chore and Fun Lists)
109. Liz @ Frugally Blonde (Rotating Toys)
110. Ten O’Clock Scholar – Beating the Boredom Beast!
111. Christine (summer with special needs kids)
112. Penny Raine
113. Lisa (Pantry Inventory)
114. Bloom Where You’re Planted! french press coffee
115. Holly @ A Mommy’s Blessings (kids craft book)
116. The 6 O’Clock Stitch (The Bulletin Board)

117. Carrie (I need road trip boredom busters)
118. Houstonmom (polenta from popcorn)
119. Counting Sprinkles (Cheap children’s museum)
120. MominIN (letterboxing)
121. Beverly (summer fun)
122. Sandwiched (homemade sidewalk paint)
123. QAMom (10 bordom busters)
124. Abigail’s Mommy (Homemade baby wipes)
125. Emily @ Little Home (fingerpaint recipe)
126. Jen @ What’s Shakin’? {Homemade Fudge Pops}
127. Cheerios Underfoot (Entertaining preschoolers on a $10 budget)
128. Beth (Brown Bag Book Study/FlicknFloats)
129. Fruit of the Womb (pinatas)
130. Superchikk (Water Boy)
131. angie (mom im bored)
132. Muses of Megret (several ideas!)
133. Kristen (kids in the kitchen ideas)
134. Stephanie (Freebies for Summer Fun!)
135. Tracey @ Girls to Grow (Schedule)
136. Meagan @ Homemaker In Progress (Making Cloth Diapers)
137. Joanna @ Grace In The Home (Shoebox Surprises)
138. Jennifer (Tons of summer ideas!!!)
139. Jenny @ agreaterhand (obstacle courses)
140. Abbi @ Proverbs31Living (62 activities for kids)
141. Renee
142. Trixie @ FarmHomeLife (HOT Coupons)
143. Lori Peterson
144. Little White House – Layers Clothing (6/17)
145. Grannyann-my suggestions
146. Heather Kay (no more I’m bored)
147. Unfinished Mom (10 frugal ideas)
148. Katie @ Clean and Classic Interiors
149. Heather of the EO – think before freaking (or try anyway)
150. PapuaGirl – Easy International Meals and GIVEAWAY!
151. Missy @ missysthrifty (enjoyng a visit to Noah’s Ark)
152. missy @ missysthrifty (enjoying a visit at Noah’s Ark)
153. Jen@Balancing Beauty and Bedlam(cooking w/kids)
154. JoAnn~Summer on the cheap
155. Michelle Smiles (Iced Coffee)
156. The Gaines Gang (Foil Art)
157. Veggiemomof2(Bored)
158. gourmetmomma (the ivory soap trick)
159. Danadiaries (14 ideas around KC)
161. FamilyMakesCents (Save money on Perennials)
162. Melanie(Free RB Floats)
163. A Mom Learning More Everyday (Fun with a Bean Bag)
164. Common Cents Mom (From Diet Coke to Frugal Drink H20)
165. Kirstin: Geocaching
166. BerryMorins Bits& Tips – Supporting All Moms
167. LifeasMOM (Camp Wannalaffalotta – virtual summer camp for moms & kids)
168. Milehimama (I’ll Find Something To Do!)
169. Elizabeth – Small Town Ideas
170. The Fifth Street Palace (easy and cut cards)
171. Her Cup Overfloweth (the “go-to” box)
172. biteofpunkinpie
173. se7en (Se7en of the Best Crafts)
174. Elena@My Domestic Church (pregnancy resources)
175. Eden (Giving cat a pill)
176. Julie Stiles Mills (daily goals)
177. Nikke (25 ideas)
178. Sharon (Summer Movie Camp)
179. April – cooking, fairy garden, summer kickoff
180. Ashley AKA the nut
181. Pajama Mama (birthday parties)
182. Disabled Child National Park Pass
183. Jen M (counting the troops)
184. Jen @ Our Heartland Home
185. Theresa @ KidzandDogs
186. Kristine (Zip it Up)
187. afamiliarpath (school)
188. Karla (Scavenger hunts)
189. mindingmomma (rainy day jar)
190. Sara (prepping hamburgers)
191. Amber @ Classic Housewife (boredom and heat both)
192. Emily@A Place of My Own (5 Fun Ideas)
193. Creating Cute & Saving Dough (YMCA)
194. The Frugal Family Manager (free spending money)
195. WhiteTrashMom (Duct Tape)
196. K @ In The Lord’s Path (Kid friendly scrambled eggs)
197. Diana @Be Home Happy (e-coupons)
198. Jennifer Entertainment Jar
199. Carolina Mama (Terrified, But Never Bored!)
200. Lis(Chalk and more)
201. Donnetta (Daring & Dangerous)
202. Todays Daily Dose (Free movies)
203. Condo Blues (Make things last & save $)
204. DeAnna (color coded closet)
205. Sheri H (general help, outdoors)
206. Shannon (springtime grain free menu)
207. Perfectly Provident (Rice Box and Toy Freezing)
208. The Cozy Country Home (Sheet Cakes)
209. Holly (boredom busters from a mom of 8)
210. Heather (summer fun ideas)
211. Rebecca at Turned Loose: productivity ideas
212. Jodi (Free Root Beer Floats at Sonic)
213. Jeni H. (Ode to Puffs)
214. Llama Momma (making ice cream in ziplock bags)
215. Everything Moms ( Potato stamps)
216. Adventures in Mommydom (great board games and more)
217. Amy @ Tiny Blessings (worry-free slime)
218. Abundant Living(Nature “Dolls”)
219. Niki @ Free 2 Be Frugal (Play Tourist))
220. Marcia@Frugalhomekeeping(ingredient substitutions)
221. Karen
222. Beth @ Apples and Jammies
223. Mother Hen (No Bored Kids)
224. Saving Money Ideas (pick your own strawberries)
225. Teri @ The Infertility Chronicles (cheap activity!)
226. The Prudent Homemaker (Creamy Chicken Enchiladas)
227. JenT (color-coded towels)
228. Swap Savers (free family summer activities)
229. Adventures With Alison (No Boredom)
230. Hip Mama (Country Roads & BBQ)
231. Rachel (free and fun!)
232. Michelle G
233. Mom’s Magic (kids in the kitchen)
234. Julie(weekly activity)
235. MG (Super Glue Removal Trick)
236. Angie @ Annies Home (popatot)
237. Jamie (Outside water fun)
238. Alisa-The Sweet Life (Summer outings)

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    I'm going to check out Inspired Letters. It looks really neat!

    I also love your idea about laminating the fun list. Great way to keep the kids from whining, and to inspire them when they've run out of things on their own.

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    If we ever told my mom we were bored she gave us chores to do. Her house had never been cleaner come the end of summer and we quickly learned "bored" to become a four, er, five letter word.

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    I'm extremely blessed to be able to send mine to Grandma's place all summer. Yes. ALL summer. We will be honeymooning again in about 7 days. (Hate me now. Everyone else usually does…)

    Mine is about a new laundry detergent that actually made me like doing laundry better. I know! It's like a miracle or something! :o)

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    Ooh, I love your ideas! My kids (homeschooled) do school basically year-round anyway, we just take off a month or so in August. Still, you're idea inspired me… I loved playing school when I was a kid, too. I bet my kids would love the opportunity to be the teacher! I think I shall encourage some "Playing School" time. =)

  5. 57


    Great Topic! It's great to be back – had a technological break (new blog design) from the blogosphere . . . Yeah it's Workin for me on Wednesday again!

  6. 58


    Hopefully I'll get through all these great ideas before summer is over! Hehe!

    My post is about getting my kids to do something physical, educational, intellectual, and something for someone else every day!

  7. 59


    THANK. YOU. Every morning my almost 6 yr old wakes up and says, "Mom, what are we doing today? Where are we going?" And as soon as she gets home from kindergarten it's, "What can I do that I've never done before?"

    Bookmarking this post & links.

  8. 60


    Finally got my post up and linked. I referred back to several posts I wrote last summer and there are a lot of ideas for things to do, but also tricks for beating the heat and our favorite creative thing we did last summer that solved BOTH problems – our "rain hose." Enjoy! =)


  9. 62


    My littles are not in school just yet, 3 and 1.5 but can you believe even at this age they get bored. I am defiantly going to use some of these ideas and modify them ti fit my age group.

  10. 63


    What a great idea! I think my kids are looking forward to not even hearing the word "school" though. Except my little princess who can't wait to join us for school next year. She will excietingly be starting preschool in our homeschool. I'm sure ready for a month or so off though!!!!

  11. 65


    My kids also like to play school. My firstborn is the teacher and he spends literally hours and days setting up his school and writing lesson plans. And this was the kid that every.single.morning told me he didn't like school.

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    I am new at this, so I had to redo my link. If you could delete number 179, that would be great! Sorry about that. I know now how to do this. :)

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    Thanks for hosting. I'm looking forward to reading through all the ideas posted. Also, I've been thinking and applying your tip from last week: leave while you are still having fun. I love it!

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