Mommy, I'm bored

Those lazy days of summer are here. Summer vacation, lying under a big, shady tree and watching the clouds pass by. Every child needs some time to just enjoy these carefree summer days. But after the initial glow begins to fade, when all the neighbors are on vacation, and there's no one to play with, you may hear, "Mommy, I'm bored."

You don't need to take a trip to Disney World or enroll your child in expensive summer programs to help them get the most out of their summer vacation. Get those creative juices flowing. Use this opportunity to spark your child's interests in the world around him.

I'm an Author
Kids love having their own personal journal. Even preschoolers enjoy using theirs to draw pictures in. Start out the summer with a brand new journal and a pen (crayons and markers) for each child.

I'm an Artist
Stock up on inexpensive art supplies -- large newsprint, crayons, markers, poster paints, glitter, glue ... When your child is in the mood you'll be ready with the proper supplies. Use a styrofoam egg carton to place glue, paints, and glitter in while working on that special creation.

I'm a Baker
Get out your cookbooks or recipe file and find a simple recipe like cookies or muffins that would be fun to work on together. Read the recipe all the way through, assemble the ingredients and get started. Then enjoy the fruits of your labor -- and don't forget to share with the rest of the family!

I'm a Jeweler
Younger and older kids alike can enjoy creating their own special necklace. Use egg cartons to organize beads for your older kids and macaroni for the younger set. Older kids can thread the beads using fishing line, and make long enough to slip over their head. Preschoolers will enjoy threading their noodles onto shoelaces. (Younger children should not wear necklaces when unsupervised.)

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