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What to Do When Your Child Says “Mommy, I’m Bored”

“Mommy, I’m bored…” is definitely one of the most common phrases to come out of my child’s mouth. Over the years, I have learned how to defend against the inevitable boredom that sets in after my children spend too much time playing with the same toys and games day after day. The versatility of a child activity table has been a lifesaver for me and my kids.

I have found that setting up a comfortable table that is full of different designs and colors entices my children to play and stimulates their imaginations. As the kids color books or draw, they improve their hand-eye coordination and enhance their motor skills. While they build impressive building block structures or assemble dominoes, they are nurturing skills like problem-solving and creative thinking. The child activity table is also a great place for my kids to interact with friends. They love showing off their artwork, and I love watching them build social skills.

Most child activity tables are also low maintenance. I find it very easy to clean up spills, wipe off marker and fold it up for easy storage. I would definitely recommend that any parent or grandparent set one up. It is a great tool for fostering ingenuity and helps keep the childhood years free from boredom.

Retro/Classic Toys that are Back in Style

Do your children love to play with kids toys that you found in the attic or basement? Although these items may seem like a lot of fun, they may not be completely safe for your children. Luckily, retro/classic toys are coming back into style. You can find many child play toys that you, or even your parents, played with as a child in their new and improved form. When you are looking for great toys to give as gifts or something unique to surprise your child with, consider purchasing a “new” classic toy.

50's DinerA fun activity for children is playing house and setting up a kitchen to have a party. Think about how excited your son or daughter will be if you give them a 50′s Diner set up. This creative toy comes with a booth for the kids to sit down and order a milk shake and hamburger. If your kids have ever watched the older television programs, they will love the feel of the old style diner. You will be amazed by the hours of fun they can have “waiting” on their customers and even playing 50′s music.

To go along with the classic diner, you may also enjoy the Cozy Kitchen. If your son or daughter enjoys helping you in the kitchen, it may be beneficial to put these cute kids toys close to your own dining room. With the classic design and all of the amenities, your kids can enjoy fixing dinner while you are busy getting the meal ready for the family. It is important to allow your children to express themselves and use creative play to learn how to do everyday chores.

If your father or grandfather enjoyed a train set when they were growing up, finding the perfect train set for your toddler has never been easier. You can find a new and improved plastic train set that your son or daughter will enjoy for years to come. Even if you still have your set from years ago, you may not want your small children or grandchildren playing with the set until they are a little older. You can give them their own classic set up that is durable, but still offers all of the fun.

Whether you are looking for child play toys like cooking activity sets or ride on toys, you can find great classic items that are coming back into style. Although you may be tempted to go digging through the attic to find the toys from your past, it will be safer to find the “new” classic toys that are made with your child’s safety in mind. Let your kids enjoy playing with the same kinds of toys you enjoyed as a child and get them away from the television and computer and into creative play.

Bring Summer Fun Indoors This Winter

If you live in a part of the country that limits outdoor play during the winter months, there are still ways to utilize your outdoor toys indoors during the frigid months.

Customer submitted photo of her kids playing on the Big Folding Slide indoors

Try these fun tips from other parents:*

  • Move your sandbox indoors and fill it with dried beans
  • Turn your living room into a playground with an indoor/outdoor friendly fold-up slide
  • Set up a picnic table in the kitchen for kid-friendly seating during family events
  • Take a roller coaster ride through the family room
  • Play mini-golf indoors
  • Set up a small climber in your child’s bedroom. One mom said by doing this, her son “loves to put his toys on the platform and throw them down the slide as well as climb up and down the slide.”

Check out additional ideas for indoor fun at The Stir, a cafemom blog.

*Step2 recommends adult supervision with the use of these toys.

*Disclaimer: The Step2 Company LLC does not promote or condone the use of our products in ways other than the original intent. This blog was solely written for the purpose to encourage creativity during the winter months. Please refer to the instruction sheets for all Step2 products for the appropriate age, weight, and height limitations.