Free holiday entertainment.

18 Jan

Now that we are down to the back end of the school holidays, and the novelty has worn off the Christmas presents, my boys are suffering from the dread disease of Booooooooredom. I know this because they follow me around, saying, “I’m so Booooooored!”. Yesterday was a particularly bad day, because it was a beautiful sunny day, everything had been washed clean by the previous night’s thunderstorm, and there was a light cool breeze. A perfect day for playing outside, right? Wrong! It was Booooooring out there. Unfortunately, it was almost as Booooring inside, because some Cruel, Heartless Person had declared it a No-Screen Day. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, this means no TV, no DVDs, no Wii, and no hovering around Mum’s computer, pestering her to play a game for their entertainment. Mum’s computer was only on for email. Mum spent most of her time yesterday in the laundry or out at the clothesline. When she wasn’t in the kitchen, baking a chocolate cake. Because Mum is, as previously mentioned, Cruel and Heartless.

Anyway, this morning I took advantage of a little inside information. There is a knock-down and rebuild going on across the road, and on Friday I had a visit from the foreman, letting us know that they were going to be pouring the slab today, starting at 6am, and that it might be a bit noisy. It didn’t bother us, as we are usually up at 6-ish anyway. What it did do was give me an idea. This morning I got the boys up a bit early and took a blanket out to the council strip for a picnic breakfast while we watched them pour the slab.

It was declared “Better than Bob the Builder!”, and they are happily re-enacting it on the family-room floor. I reckon we are good for two or even three days of “Pouring the Slab” games before they have a relapse of Boooooredom.

So, know any good building sites near your place?


11 Responses to “Free holiday entertainment.”

  1. amy January 18, 2010 at 11:07 pm #

    Oh yes, that’s just about perfect entertainment. Whenever they’re cutting trees along the electric lines or patching potholes in the street we go out to watch that, too. When my oldest wasn’t quite two we lived near a shopping center that was being built. Half was built already, so we’d go do whatever errand (there was a Target there. love Target) and then walk over to the construction site and watch. The guys would always wave to him, too. He was such a serious little guy. He’d just watch and watch and watch, never saying much.

    They very much enjoyed when our tree was removed, too, and when the chimney was put on the house for the oil burner. And luckily we’ve always had very patient repairmen, because the boys follow them around asking questions. 😉

    • kissmyfrog January 19, 2010 at 3:02 pm #

      When Boyo was about two-ish, there was some major roadworks just up the road from our house, right on the usual route of our daily walk. The first day that we walked past them, he tugged on my hand and said in that piercing 2yo whisper “Mum! Look at all the Bob the Builders!” The workmen laughed so hard I thought they were going to fall into the hole they were digging.

  2. Kate January 19, 2010 at 8:07 am #

    That was the best idea! You are the coolest killer of boredom ever!

  3. joyknits January 19, 2010 at 8:35 am #

    Really cool entertainment. Someone cleverly suggested giving kids age-appropriate chores every single time they complain about being bored, which in time should cut down on that particular complaint – good luck!

  4. Tinkingbell January 19, 2010 at 10:26 am #

    I was never booooored because my heartless and cruel parents would insist I either cleaned out the pighouse or stacked 5 ton of wood. Amazing how quickly booooredom vanishes when faced with these choices – books and play outside become MUCH more interesting!

    • kissmyfrog January 19, 2010 at 2:57 pm #

      I was never boooored either, because I had a pushbike and a library card.

  5. Leonie January 21, 2010 at 8:27 pm #

    Also never bored because as one of six kids there was always someone you were trying to hide from! My 6yo complained of being bored the first week home from school and I told him to just go back outside and something would turn up. Off he went and eventually found something that kept him occupied. The 4 yo would never complain of boredom he’s too busy getting into everything he shouldn’t be in!

    • kissmyfrog January 21, 2010 at 9:05 pm #

      Indeed, for it is one of the great Universal Truths: if the children are quiet, they are Up To No Good.

  6. Gae January 24, 2010 at 1:43 pm #

    When Erich was about 2 (over 40 years ago, ouch) he got a lot of entertainment, and a certain amount of vocabulary enhancement from the house being built next door. We had a beachcomber style house, and he spent hours on the upstairs verandah, ‘supervising’.

    In the fullness of time an elderly Maltese couple moved in, minimal English, and at that time no grandchildren of their own……… You can guess the rest. Anne would ‘help’ the wife shelling peas, and they would gossip away for hours. Erich would be in the garden helping the husband with the ‘weeding’.

    I did worry about them being pests, and watched the ongoings carefully, but everybody seemed to be having a great time. And I did exert some control over the amount of time they spent next door – I did not expect my neighbours to be free baby sitters. But both sides definitely seemed to benefit. And looking back on the picture of Anne and Mrs Z sitting on a garden bench busily shelling peas and chatting away, and when the job was finished, enjoying a piece of cake and a cup of coffee (in Anne’s case a mug of warm milk with a splash of coffee!) and discussing a job well done. Lovely memories……….

  7. Lynne January 24, 2010 at 5:47 pm #

    What a great idea! Gotta love free entertainment that goes on for several days in all its variations!!

  8. Gae January 25, 2010 at 10:22 am #

    I also had a very nasty trick that Erich and Anne never cottoned on to:

    If they asked to watch a specific TV (daytime) show, I would give it serious consideration, and give them a clear explanation if I refused permission. And the permission was valid ONLY for the duration of the specified show.

    If they wandered in and just asked to “watch TV” — default setting was NO. The only exceptions to these meannesses would have been extended wet weather or illness.

    The other one, during their Primary School days was the endless complaint that they were the only seriously deprived children in the WHOLE WORLD who were not allowed to stay up late, mid-week for the Don Lane Show.

    They survived the Meanest Mother in the Universe, and yours will too.

    Oh, and they only got a Tuck Shop lunch on their birthdays, or if for some reason I did not need to pack a lunch for their father.

    Gae, in Callala Bay

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