When my kids have been inside too much, I have often turned to the library as a place to play, borrow new books, and meet with friends. March Break is a wonderful time for kids to be kids and get a little rest before heading into the last half of the year. Until, inevitably, we all hear, “I’m bored.”
Here are my secrets for keeping kids engaged without spending a dime!
An absolute classic is the Nature Scavenger Hunt! Make a list together before you go outside of things you want to find. Bring your list and a writing utensil to check off the things as you find them. If you can, take a photo with the found items to capture the memory of working together!
There may also be moments when you need to work and keep the kids busy, but they’ve watched everything on Netflix and it’s only Tuesday! If you want to offer screen time, but with new content away from YouTube, while using a device with an internet connection, connect to our website to access Kanopy for kid-friendly content that’s free with your Brampton Library card. To learn more, see our Movie and TV Streaming page.
If you want your kids to learn or practice their coding skills, Hour of Code is the perfect place to start. Interacting with Hour of Code feels like playing a game, but they are learning coding skills too!
When you hear, “I’m bored”, challenge them! During the pandemic, Brampton Library staff created Virtual STEM Challenges that families can complete at home without any special materials. They will need to collect materials from around the house, and use their problem solving skills to complete the challenge - boom! There’s another afternoon of fun!
Don’t forget to look into Brampton Library’s amazing FREE programs - Magicians, LEGO Mania, and Slime - oh my!
We hope to see you soon!