A ‘Bored’ Book
How many times a day do your children tell you they are bored?
Maybe you have children who can easily entertain themselves, and spend the day just making, creating and playing, I’d really love to hear from you for this idea.
I notice that if kids are on their computers, tablets, phones, PS4s etc they never seem to tire. It’s when they come off them that they find it hard to transition from this over stimulated time to a space where they now have to do something ‘boring’ instead.
Screens produce an experience we can’t recreate
I read once that when we are on our screens, certain chemicals are released – maybe it was dopamine or seratonin – that can’t be recreated in the brain at the same levels once we come off. For example, as a teacher, I cannot replicate the multisensory stimulation that a screen induces, hence children don’t always listen so well, sit still, retain information and they get bored quicker, however if I put on a YouTube clip explaining the same thing, they are all eyes, ears and interest for a long time, it is their language.
This photo was taken when we were in Africa. These kids played and collaborated endlessly with the tyre, they had no screens.
What do kids do when they aren’t on screens?
My son had a friend over, they’d had some screen time together and the hour timer was up, so after a few reminders they came off and didn’t know what to do. They asked to go back on again and we said no that they could go and find something else. This quite often means they go round the friend’s house to play on the screens there instead.
It took them about 10 minutes to transition to outdoor play and they soon found themselves engaged in a nerf gun war, followed by fire building with Paul in the garden. With the screens off, they had to find something to do, it’s so easy though sometimes to just let them go back on again and loose track of time. They might mope about inbetween waiting for their next fix. Meanwhile, we also bury our faces in Facebook, Twitter, Gmail etc, driven to distraction.
Why are we so Bored?
We know it’s good to be bored, creativity often stems from boredom and head space. Why though are we so bored? Some say we are over-stimulated, the more we have the more we need and it’s hard to put up with the slow stuff in between. Are you reading this whilst doing or thinking about other things at the same time? Or maybe it’s too long and boring to even read. Our kids are no different.
A ‘bored’ book for kids written by kids.
I’d like to create an e-book of ideas for kids of things to do when they aren’t on their screens. I’d love your children to contribute to this please, and if they are willing to, could you share their ideas in the comments below with an image if possible of the activity. I’ll obviously give them a credit. All ages welcome.
Things to do that are free, with little or no adult intervention. I wonder if we they can come up with 3 or more boring ideas?