What Kids Crave in Summer

Kids can’t wait for school to end so their fun can begin! But you and I both know, that after a while, the dreaded phrase, “I’m bored!” pops up over and over again.

How do you curb your child’s cravings for constant fun?

  • Grow a balcony garden


  • Grab a sheet and two chairs and turn your backyard into a campsite.
  • Turn your front yard into a jungle.  Pick up a pencil, magnifying glass and get close to the ground. How many different types of plant life, insects, or rocks can you find?
  • Start a neighborhood beautification project
  • Try some environmental art project
  • Join a Family Nature Club
  • Buy some chalk and make some sidewalk murals
  • Make a map of your neighborhood. Imagine what it looked like 6,000 years ago
  • Create a new outdoor game (Create a new twist on Hide ‘n Seek)
  • Go to a park in a different neighborhood
  • Start a dog walking service (keeps your child outside and teaches entrepreneurship)
  • Read books about nature
  • Talk about nature, “If you were an ant, what would you do?” (www.outdoorafro.com)
  • Climb a tree! (Hibiya Koen has some great trees!)

Don’t let the “I’m bored!” demon ruin your summer!

Keep your child engaged in nature and the outdoors.

What do you do to keep the “I’m bored” demon away?

*Idea about the ant was taken from a podcast from the website Outdoor Afro.com.


About Michaela Chatman

Michaela Chatman is the founder of Camp Roadless Summer Visual and Performing Arts Summer Camp based in the Tokyo area. She has taught in Chicago, New York City, Hiroshima, and Tokyo. She has worked with children from ages 5-16. She is a dedicated fan and supporter of the arts. She performs locally in Tokyo with Kaguratei, a blues band. She is an active member in TELL:Exceptional Parents Group, Japan Affiliate of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum (JASCD), Tokyo Investment Group, and Pink Cow Connections Networking Group. For fun she organizes The Tokyo Lovers Pizza Meetup Group.
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