Soon kids will be out of school for the summer, three months of freedom, fun in the sun and unstructured days. Within the first day or two of these three months of bliss parents everywhere will hear the very familiar phrase “I’m bored.”
Yes, three months off school is a long time to entertain kids and keep them from uttering those three dreaded words. We will sign them up for classes, take some family vacations and organize playdates, many, many playdates.
Something that might help ease the transition into unstructured time is new activities and toys. Toys specifically designed for outdoor play can engage kids for hours and burn the extra energy they might use up complaining of being bored.
Consignment stores, like Swap.com, are a great resource to stock up on new toys for the summer, for a fraction of the price you’d pay at regular retailers.
Some items that are great to purchase used for outdoor play are sprinklers, inflatable pools, balls, Frisbees, roller blades, beach toys, and a variety of sports equipment. Many items are often brand new and can be found in the original packaging for a fraction of the cost.
Pool toys are often available too; whether it’s diving rings, arm bands, snorkeling equipment or safety vests for little ones, consignment stores make stocking up easy, fun and economical.
And for those days destined for the indoors, due to weather, illness or any other reason, there is also board games, puzzles, movies and books. A variety of budget friendly options that give parents a fighting chance against those three dreaded words.