If you are raising children or are a babysitter, you know how often kids say this phrase- ‘I’m bored’. Kids, nowadays, have short attention spans. They constantly need something new and different to do. You can not just give the kid a game as a gift and expect it to keep him/her occupied for a long time.
Contrary to popular belief, boredom is good for kids. In today’s times, children are over-stimulated and over-scheduled. Boredom is essential for kids as it leads to increased creativity and productivity and helps your child grow.
Heidi McBain, a family therapist says, “When a child is bored, they are learning that they need to create their own entertainment. They need to explore their world and learn new things on their own.”
So the next time your 12 year old child gets bored, give them something to do like our curated gifts which will not only cure their boredom but also be productive.
Top Activites for 12 Year Old Kids
Play an Outdoor Sport
There are plenty of outdoor sports that children can play. You can play team games like basketball, soccer, or football. You can also play two-player games, badminton, tennis, squash. If not these, there are several outdoor activities that kids can do alone, biking, skating, skateboarding, et cetera. In today’s times, children tend to stay at home in front of their TVs and play reasons stations which make them couch potatoes. So instead of handing your child a phone, buy him a skateboard or a bike to encourage him to go outside.
Encourage them to take up a new Hobby
Kids at this age are still developing their personalities and finding their interests and hobbies. You can help them in the process by encouraging them to take up new hobbies. You can gift them a painting set and challenge them to bring out their inner artist. You can enroll them in singing or dance classes. You can even let them try their hand in the kitchen, without, of course, burning down the house. Guys are also inclined towards sports and gifts related to sports would make them very happy.
Build a Fort
Who has not built a fort as a kid? Ask them to make one themselves, go crazy with their imagination, pillows, bedsheets, boxes, whatever comes to their mind! While it may not be very productive or stimulating, it sure is fun in a juvenile way. After all, which adult has the time to have fun in a made up for?
Write a Story
Encourage the child to explore this inner writer and storyteller. Give them a writing prompt or theme and challenge them to write a good, original story using that. When they are done, you can even ask them to perform the story, either via narration or a play. This can be a fun activity, both for you and the child.
You can encourage the child to start a collection. It can be of anything, stamps, coins, rocks, et cetera. This is a long term activity, it can keep them busy for a longer time.
Create a ‘When I grow up’ poster
Ask the child what they want to be when they grow up. Encourage them to think like an adult, about their future. Ask them to research on the career, read books, surf the internet, talk to people, and make a poster about it. This is a very productive activity for your kid to do, it encourages them to think about their future.
Make a Time Capsule
This one is fun. A time capsule is a small box or something that contains a few items which represent the time you are living in and you bury this box somewhere and it is opened on an agreed upon future date. Ask your child to gather a few items which represent his time – this will be a fun, mentally stimulating activity. Then, you can hide them somewhere or bury it in your backyard or in a park.
Slime is something everyone loves playing with, especially children, so why not make one yourself? It can be a little messy, but it is a kid-approved activity and takes up time. It can teach the kid about chemical compositions and it is a good sensory treat for them when done.
Baking is a fun activity for anyone who has the time to spare. Kids love baking, as it makes them feel grown up and accomplished. You can bake brownies or cookies or even cupcakes. They will need some kind of adult supervision for this, however.
Make Sure Your Child Never Gets Bored
With this list, we have helped you get ideas of how you can keep your kids occupied. These activities will not only keep the child from getting bored but shall also help stimulate their creativity and keep them productive.