“I am bored” are the three words every parent dreads hearing from their 10-year-old. It is difficult to find new gifts to keep your child engaged every day. As soon as boredom creeps in, the child turns to the first resort that a child finds are their tablets, laptops or phones.
Boredom can turn out to be both, a boon or a bane. Children can either develop either problem-solving skills and creativity or anxiety and loneliness as a result of being bored. After speaking to your child and ruling out any fundamental problems, you need to help your child learn to entertain him/herself. You can give them gifts but that would last for a temporary while.
Solving the problem for your child by giving him a book to read, steals the opportunity from him to think of ways to free himself of the boredom. Whereas, leaving him on his own could also result in a feeling of loneliness and abandonment. Therefore, you need to find a balance by recommending a starting point to your child and letting him/her take over through their imagination and creativity.
Making a treasure chest
10 years is the age when your child starts taking control of his/her own life. Boredom is a way that could help your child to figure out what they enjoy. Encourage your child to make a treasure chest out made of an old shoe box can be filled with boredom-busting ideas.
It gives them, your child a blank space to fill it up with the things they are that your child is curious about. The chest could be full of a mixture of diverse things. This task would help distract your child from boredom, help them learn the skill of problem-solving and inspire them for similar future tasks and situations.
Brain Teasers are a type of puzzles that are solved using lateral thinking. These puzzles are a great way to alleviate boredom. There are several other ways in which brain teasers benefit your child such as boosting collective brain activity, improving memory and brain processing speed, improving concentration, increasing memory power, reducing risk of dementia and acting as a quick distraction.
Finger Knitting and Origami
Teach your child basic finger knitting and origami skills to enhance their creativity. Encourage them to engage in activities since they engage your child into creative thinking such as dying or cutting an old t-shirt and finger knitting with the t-shirt yarn. You could also use any old string or wool for finger knitting.
Cutting squares from newspapers or printing free origami paper templates to engage your child in origami is an innovative way to reduce boredom. You should start with something simple such as an origami bird or just handing over the sheet to your child allowing him/her to create something new.
Making a map
A map to a captured princess, a map of your neighborhood, a map of your favorite book land or a map of an amazing imaginary world is a great way to distract your 10 year old from boredom. You can help by starting a map and telling them to finish it. A good way to start is any printable map drawing prompt.
Lego can become an amazing way to distract your child putting his/her eyes into something innovative. Lego instills in your child a sense of accomplishment. Once your child finishes his work of art, they are extremely excited to show off their creations. They are overcome with a sense of pride when they finish their incredible work.
Children come up with some of the most of the incredible ideas and in their minds and create something new altogether. The houses they build with the miniature families to play in and the tiny cars that these figures drive around in the Lego community are all an exciting component of Lego making. This leads to an increase in their self-confidence leading to making items with even more complex structures.
Answer a Question
Ask your child questions for a number of things that generates curiosity amongst them. “How are magicians able to make things disappear?” is a silly question that will amuse your child. Even though they have great ideas, kids are not able to organize them well into a plan.
Challenge your kid to search online for answers to his favorite questions followed by an experiment or craft. For example, encourage your child to create optical illusions or explore sleight-of-hand techniques. Start with a question and end it with an informative as well as a fun project.
Beginning with a question in mind followed by a related project by the following instruction to complete it. If your child is not participative, ask him to come up with questions of his own that interest him. Hence, the children will begin to question things around them and start to think for themselves instead of following the crowd.
Another challenge could be to ask him to make a long list of silly questions.
Mazes can help to fill in a gap or act as a quick activity to break out of the boredom. There are a lot of printable mazes in the market ranging from very easy to extremely hard. Solving mazes is a great way to enhance problem solving in children.
It also boosts their persistence and patience, teaching them about the rewards that come with good work. Moreover, mazes are a great way to improve your child’s mental thought processes.
Drawing is a great way to engage your child into something innovative and creative. Drawing is one such activity that does not require any teaching, every child is capable of drawing whether it is a cartoon or it is an imaginary fairy and wizard land.
Drawing is one of the most effective ways to reduce boredom. It is also beneficial in numerous other ways such as:
1. Encouraging Visual Analysis
2. Improving hand eye coordination
3. Establishing concentration
4. Boosting self-confidence
In addition to being another way of getting rid of boredom, playing dice games have several benefits for kids. Playing these games, exposes your child to learning new concepts such as probability, improving visual perception, putting skills of math calculation to use and manual dexterity.
In addition to this, playing dice games improves their social skills as well. These games help them learn patience and sportsmanship.Patience, sportsmanship and turn taking have to be learnt as a part of playing dice games.
Involving your child in physical activities not only engages your bored child but can lead to healthy growth and development. Along with a way to engage a bored 10-year-old. “Minute to win it” type are some simple games that help alleviate their boredom and also improve their hand-eye coordination.
This act as mood breakers. These activities and challenges contribute to the overall growth of your child in the following ways:
1. Boosting self-esteem
2. Innovative learning while having fun
3. Socializing with friends and neighbors
4. A healthier heart
5. Improved balance and posture
6. Stronger bones, joints, and muscles
7. Age appropriate weight range
I hope this gets those ideas up and running and you actually do these fun activities with your daughter soon!