The kids are off school (yippee) for the next two weeks and that means that operation boredom bust is full swing. It only takes about 2 days before the Xbox minutes have been used up and choruses of “I’m bored” can be heard throughout the land. When telling the kids to go find something to do outside is unsuccessful I put the kids to other tasks. These are my 5 favourite boredom busters.
Wrapping Paper Roll Sword Fights – I’m sure you have a few wrapping paper rolls lying around after wrapping all those gifts. If not then empty paper towel rolls are a decent replacement. Set up the kids in a breakables free room set a timer and whoever gets in the most hits/pokes in a minute wins.
Upcycling Crafts – This is great for putting the discarded boxes, wrapping paper, bows and strings. Set your recycling bucket out with glue, scissors and pens and tell the kids to create something. You can give them guidelines, but I find that usually the kids come up with their own awesome creations.
Get Outside – Go far a walk, find a hill to sled down, have a snowball fight, make some ice balls or paint the snow with food colored water. All of these are great ways to get your daily dose of vitamin D and kick cabin fever to the curb.
Plan a Movie Marathon with Redbox Canada – After all the fun listed above you are going to need some down time. Redbox makes planning a holiday movie marathon easy. Holidays titles like Arthur’s Christmas, which answers the question: “So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?” are sure to delight the whole family. It has all the ingredients of a Christmas classic – a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur, with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns. This is one movie my kids have already watched twice this year!
A Merry Friggin’ Christmas is another Holiday Flick that will leave you laughing. When Boyd and his family are forced to spend a dreaded Christmas at his parent’s house with his eccentric father, he realizes he’s accidentally left his son’s gifts at home. Boyd and his father must hit the road in a blizzard to retrieve the gifts before sunrise to save Christmas. Heart warming, funny, and starring the late Robin Williams this film is sure to become a family holiday favourite.
If Christmas movies aren’t for your Redbox Canada has a large selection movies including the hottest new releases, and older titles like The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. One of my all time favourite movies. At just $1.50 for a DVD or $2 (plus tax) for a Blu-ray, and kiosk locations near you it’s an easy and affordable way to catch a couple of hours downtime during the winter break. Simply find and reserve a movie online, then head to the nearest kiosk to pick it up. When your finished with the movie simply drop it off at any of the 1,350 automated kiosks across all 10 provinces – making them perfect for road trips too.
I know I’ll be taking advantage of their current promotion with Pizza 73 and ordering dinner and a movie. We’ll call it’s Mama’s Day Off.
How will you be keeping the kids busy this holiday season?
Disclosure – This post is sponsored by Redbox Canada. All opinions expressed are my own.