Toys to help your kid avoid late-summer boredom

Last Updated November 2019

It’s been a few months since school let out for the summer: Are you pulling your hair out yet? If your kids are driving you batty, here are a few solutions to keep them busy and hopefully stop the “Mom, I’m bored” tantrums until school resumes.

Even if it’s only for a few hours, these ideas will give you time to catch your breath.

True, computer games are the most popular form of entertainment for kids these days, but why not try and introduce your youngsters to some good old-fashioned board games? Games that were perhaps popular in your day such as Candyland, Operation and the like. We also suggest Richard Scarry’s “Busytown,” and another one they might like is Mattel’s Blokus that helps them with their spatial thinking.

Once their attention wanes from these games, give them a few interactive options to occupy a few hours such as Think and Learn Code-a-Pillar Toy from Fisher-Price that’s said to be good for critical thinking and problem-solving. There’s also Leapfrog’s Mr. Pencil's Scribble and Write offering six different activities from spelling to writing; a product that’s sure to keep them busy for hours on end.

Once the games on land have reached their toll, you can always send them to the pool with a few water toys like Aqua’s Dive Rings, Melissa & Doug’s Sunny Patch Undersea Treasure Hunt pool game or Aquatic Dive Balls from Intex. Rest assured they will most likely be in the water for hours with these innovative interactive games.

Another way to make your life easier and theirs more enjoyable is to set up a tent for them; kids love to have their own place to go and hide from parents, right? Check out Air Fort’s inflatable tent that blows up in 30 seconds, and for all little girls, don’t miss out on the Princess Castle complete with glow-in-the-dark stars.

And what kid doesn’t like to have his own car or tractor that he can drive around the neighborhood showing off to other kids? We love Peg Perego’s John Deere Ground Force Tractor with Trailer or Roll Play’s cute Mini Cooper.

Any of these toys are great for keeping your kids out of the house and busy until school returns leaving you with what we hope is a few quiet hours to gather your thoughts and perhaps even getting back your sanity.

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