I am writing this post in partnership with Horizon Organic. All opinions are my own.
If you’re a parent then I am sure you have heard it a hundred times. You know what I’m talking about. The dreaded “Moooooom! I’m bored” cry from a kid with a whole lot of energy and nowhere for it to go. It’s usually accompanied by aimless circles around the living room, a trail of destruction following behind them, and then the inevitable flop onto the couch in exasperation. I myself have seen it more times that I would like, and I know that with school almost out I need to kick things into high gear and do some planning for the long Summer days ahead. You already know we love adventure, but not every day can be spent on the go. Sometimes it’s nice to just keep things low key, and that’s where boredom strikes. So how do we keep kids from crawling the walls on those long days? Here are a few ideas that won’t cost you anything!
Go on a nature trek.
Did you know that there is a whole world to be explored right outside your back door? All you need is some investigative tools, an open mind and a little research to lead kids on a one-of-a-kind back yard adventure to discover bugs, flowers, and SO much more. Judah is super into bug collecting right now, so he loves going outside and seeing what he can find. Exploring nature is a great way to encourage curiosity and imagination, and it can be a fabulous learning experience too.
Start a weekly hike.
You don’t have to go far to go get in the middle of nature. Is there a State Park near you? A nature trail? Look up popular walking trails in your area and you are bound to find one that is just right for your family. You will be spending time together outdoors, and working out at the same time!
Have a car wash.
Kids love water play, and my kids LOVE helping us wash our cars. Not only do you get some fun quality time in, but you also come out with a sparkling ride! Sure, it might not go quickly, but isn’t the experience what counts? It also makes them feel like part of the team, like they are playing an important part in the day to day tasks.
Make something delicious.
One of Judah’s new loves is recipe creation. He sees me develop my recipes for the blog every day, and so naturally he has become interested in helping and doing some for himself. I don’t let him cook or handle knives, but I will let him choose ingredients and experiment on his own. He actually just made some amazing cracker dip the other day and I couldn’t be prouder! He chose each of the ingredients and whipped it up himself. I liked it so much that I have to share the recipe with you. This is great for letting kids make themselves, and it really supports independence and creativity. Plus it’s just so yummy!
You will need:
- 1 cup Greek yogurt or sour cream
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
To make it combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
Stir it all up.
And it’s ready to eat! Judah loves it with is favorite Horizon snack grahams or crackers. Being an ingredient-conscious parent, I love pretty much everything Horizon has and they are perfect for our needs. A lot of their products are Organic, and they use great high quality ingredients in everything they make. Plus they taste great too! To learn more about all the great products Horizon has to offer, head over to their Facebook page.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.