While this summer may look a little different than most with coronavirus-induced closures and alterations to travel still in full swing, you may be wondering how you can curb your kids' summer boredom.
Without the normal pool parties, travel plans, summer barbecues, and trips out to eat, it can be hard to find creative ways to keep the whole family entertained while you're stuck inside or left to navigate eating a hot dog while wearing a face mask.
Good Morning America rounded up some easy ways to keep your kids busy while you navigate a new normal kind of summer. Here are their tips:
Create a "Boredom Jar"
The Boredom Jar is simply a jar filled with slips of paper that highlight activities you can do in or around the house. Ideas for the slips include "make a card," "build a fort," or "have a dance party."
Come up with a summer bucket list
Have a bunch of ideas of things you still can do amid the coronavirus pandemic, and write them down on clothespins or pieces of paper that you can draw from a bucket.
You could include things like "have a picnic at a park," "go on a hike," "have dinner around a backyard campfire," and more!
Go on a nature photo scavenger hunt
Come up with a list of things your kids can find around your backyard, and let them go wild!
They can use a phone to take photos of the things they find that fit the list of items you've created. You can have them look for things like bugs, butterflies, flowers, grass, different varieties of leaves, and spiderwebs.