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Create a Playday Jar

play-dateHow many times have your children expressed how bored they are on a day off from School? On certain days of the school year, your children may not have school, but you still need to work. A lot of companies are flexible with work from home hours, but this still requires you to focus at home, which can be difficult with a toddler or preschooler running around.

Consider sitting down with your children and brainstorming ideas for the days when your little ones have off, but when mom and dad still need to work. Write the ideas on individual pieces of paper and place them in a jar. On the days when your children complain about being bored, ask them to choose an activity from the jar. When coming up with ideas, keep in mind that these activities should not require much adult attention so you can do your work.

Here are a few ideas to get you started.

1. Create a picture book for them to read to mom or dad at the end of the workday.

2. Complete a puzzle.

3. Work on an activity book like a coloring book, a Find the Difference activity or an I Spy activity.

4. Use old shoe boxes or packing boxes to create an invention. Provide various materials for your children to be creative, such as string, glue sticks and crayons.

What are some ideas that you give to your children when they are bored?