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Readers Respond: What Do You Do When There's Nothing to Do?

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How do you distract bored kids when you've got nothing to use but your clothes, your accessories, the contents of your purse or pockets, and whatever wits you have about you? I came up with 101 desperation-level amusements. Now it's your turn!

what to do...

Tell them how much they mean to you and do something that they want to do. Do it and tell them how much fun it was(even if it wasn't), that's true love.
—Guest Donald

More ideas

Tell arm stories - tell a story on your child's arm. Walk your fingers on the arm, jump with finger tips, "plow" with your fist for a farm story, little taps for rain, etc. Family Trivia - ask questions about extended family ie middle name of Great Uncle Johnny, How old is Grandma?, etc General Trivia - kids love to answer questions that are easy and hard.
—Guest Your Therapy Source

what to do when there is nothing to do

You find something in the kichen and mix food up together and act like you're a chef.
—hotjazmin

There is a deck of storystarter cards!

Here is a storytelling idea that really works well. Pass-Around Storytelling: The Shared Storytelling Game is a deck of colorful cards with great pictures. On each card is a 3-4 sentence storystarter. Underneath are a list of "think abouts" that can take the story in many directions. It is the powerful of storytelling that fits in your purse or pocket. 44 storystarter cards and some blank "make your owns:. There are rules to keep the game fun and friendly. A helpful tool kit card for parents guide you in being the keeper of the rules, story, and process heelping you to understand the deeper, powerful layers inherent in the wonderful activity of making up stories together. Check it out at www.passaroundthemagic.com and www.amazon.com
—Guest Dafna

Pass a story around

We start by each writing a few sentences to start a story on a piece of paper. Then, we pass the paper around, write a few more sentences, and pass it again. This is a really fun game to play, and the results can be hilarious!
—Guest wingch

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