Summer Boredom Busters

By Cecelia Davis, Kid Editor-in-Chief, age 11

Since school is finally out, everyone is probably celebrating. But even though we’re finally free for three whole months, that doesn’t mean that choosing what to do is an easy decision! Sometimes you get bored during summer, and this article is going to easily cure that. And sometimes there’s that type of boredom you get where you want to do something out-of-the-ordinary, not something like playing a video game or reading a book. These are unusual ideas that you don’t do every day. Pick one out of five ideas that will cure your summertime boredom!

My first idea is to do a comic swap. That’s something that my dad came up with. Let me explain it to you. First, you find a sibling to join you. Then sit down and have each person draw a comic. There’s a catch, though. You can’t write any dialogue in your comic. You can write words, but no speech bubbles or thought bubbles. Then give your comic to your sibling and have them fill in words for your comic. When you draw your comic, you can have a story in your head or you can draw random pictures and hope your sibling has a story planned.

My second idea is to start a photo album. If you don’t have a book to tape your photos in, or if you don’t have a printer, you can start a photo album on your computer or phone. Computers or Chromebooks are the best because you can put them into a document and write captions underneath, but if you want, you can just take pictures on your phone and then come back later to look at them. If you have a camera, that’s good, too.

My third suggestion is to invent a board game. You may think you need a really fancy foam board or whatever, but that’s not actually true. You can tape paper together and write on it to make a board. For example, my sister and I made a version of Monopoly based on our favorite show by taping together four pieces of paper and ripping paper apart to make playing pieces, Monopoly money, and cards. Our game used a die, but you could create a spinner out of a paperclip, a piece of paper, and a pencil by setting the pencil down on the paper and putting the paperclip around it. Then spin the paper clip and see what number it lands on.

My fourth suggestion is to do a blind contour. You can probably look up how to do it, but I will explain how to do it. Look at something. Anything. Put a pencil to a piece of paper and begin to draw it. That seems easy, right? Well, there’s a catch. You can’t take your pencil off the paper, AND you have to look at the object you’re drawing the entire time. You can’t look at your paper. So you don’t exactly know what you’re drawing. A contour is an outline, and if you’re blind, you can’t see, so the name “blind contour” makes sense, doesn’t it?

And finally, write stories. But don’t just write any type of story. Write down different book and movie characters on slips of paper and put them in a hat. Then pull out three different slips of paper with your eyes closed. Think about what would happen if these three characters met, or a story that could involve all of them. My dad wrote characters on slips of paper for me when I was younger. I think I ended up writing a story about my brother and my grandma jumping through the television and meeting some of the characters from the show they were watching. I wrote, like, nine of those stories before I stopped.

Remember, you can always check our blog for more ideas. Lydia wrote an article teaching you how to create new colors with just the three primary colors, Maya wrote an article on how to make fairy houses outdoors, and Maggie wrote an article telling how to make art out of yarn. If you want to try some of these activities, you can. I hope that you can cure your summertime boredom!