Television and games systems make children less bored then ever. But, I have heard that boredom is great for a child. It is through boredom that they begin to think, investigate, grow curious and then spring into action.
I have a couple of young guys in my life that I can not image ever being bored. One of them is a natural boredom buster. He is curious and gusty!
When boredom almost hit shortly after summer break began, this game emerged! NET BALL. The boys were tossing football and decided to retrieve some fishing nets along with a butterfly net to catch the ball with while playing 'Monkey in the Middle.' Monkey in the Middle is what we called 'Keep Away' in my day. The boys played for hours each day. When one kid went home, I was invited to play and because they are such gentlemen, I never had to be in the middle. It was quite fun! Had I not needed to keep up with a toddler or prepare dinner, I could have hung right in there. Two of the three nets have since been repaired with duct take or a tie but are still perfect for NET BALL. It is the invention of games like NET BALL or Lego creations that makes me eager to see what will happen when someone at my house says, "I'm bored."