Johnny saunters into the room, his shoulders sagging, and his eyes fixed on the floor, “Mom, I’m bored.”
His mother looks up from what she was working on, “Clean your room.”
“I did that already.”
Not thinking much about it, she pulled out the next thing that popped into her head. “Go outside and play.”
Johnny looked at her, puzzled, “but it’s raining!”
Is this scene something you’re familiar with? Do you struggle with finding something to keep your kids busy that will also teach them something of value? Before they lose half their young life to the TV, or video games, teach them how to value time, while helping them to express their creativity. A great way to do this is to start a rainy day project jar.
If you haven’t started one yet, now would be a good time. Sit down with the kids, and give each one a jar. On ten 3×5 cards have them write down creative projects they can do while it’s raining outside. The only rule is that the projects should be able to be done in one day.
The reason each kid gets a jar is that people express themselves differently. This could be a great way to show them that their own method of expression is just as important as anyone else’s, and it makes it more interesting for them. Just because one kid enjoys painting, doesn’t mean the others will.
Once they have the projects in the jar, whenever they use the phrase, “I’m bored.” You can have them take a project out and start working on it. If they’re doing projects they enjoy, eventually they will come up with projects without the jar, and they won’t have such a hard time expressing themselves creatively.
Challenge: The project jar isn’t just for kids. If you have the problem of getting bored on rainy days start a project jar for yourself. You might just find yourself looking forward to rainy days.