“I’m Bored” – Activities to Help Engage Your Foster Child
It’s a phrase we have all heard time and time again. In fact, for some children, it might as well be their slogan. “I’m bored.” Two words that send chills into the bones of any foster parent. Which is why, as a foster parent, you need to work out the best way to help your child have a little less boredom in their lives. Here are a few ways you can do just that:
Explore the Outdoors
Spending too much time indoors can be the number one cause of boredom. Letting your foster child explore the wider world, then, is especially important if you want to hear those dreaded words less. Of course, this does not have to be too expensive. You don’t have to pay to enjoy your local woodland work, after all!
A regular Sunday walk could end up as something that your children look forward to every week, so take them out and see how they react!
Feed Their Imagination
Sometimes encouraging creativity by using imagination is the best way to save a child from the depths of boredom. Whether this is in the creation of art, a story or even something much simpler like a blanket fort. Give them something interesting to feed their imagination into and you may be surprised by what they come up with! Kids have some of the wildest imaginations out there, so encourage them to explore it regularly to get rid of boredom permanently.
…Or Just Feed Them
Learning to cook or bake might not sound like the most thrilling of activities. But, it can be a great way for a child to explore new things, textures and even smells. Not to mention, being able to cook or bake for themselves is an invaluable life lesson! One that they will definitely thank you for later in life.
Simple recipes you can start with include pasta salad and fairy cakes. These recipes only require a small number of ingredients, are quick to make and yummy. Think of it this way: you can teach your foster child an invaluable life skill at the same time you make tea, a double win!
At the end of the day, sometimes your foster child will not overcome boredom easily. Even as an adult, sometimes if you are bored there’s no cure for it until you reach a more active mindset. As such, working to give them more engaging things to do in their everyday lives is vital.