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Boredom Busters

Esther Stauber

Before the kids start whining, “There’s nothing to do!” on these long summer days, arm yourself with this list of original games, proven to stimulate even the most determined-to-be-bored child.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Mirror-Maze Championship Indoor/Outdoor This is simple to set up, but will keep the kids enthralled. If you have a place where the maze can stay taped down for at least a week, you may even find a parent or two surreptitiously trying it out…. Equipment: black or colored electrical tape, hand mirror about the size of a child’s face, stopwatch Note: In Eretz Yisrael, mirrors can often be found at the One Shekel Store. Optional: whiteboard, dry-erase marker Preparation: On a large porch, patio, or driveway, use the tape to create a single-line path in an intricate maze-like pattern, marking a start point and end point. To play: Each child takes his turn holding the mirror face down, perpendicular to his forehead, and walks the maze while looking in the mirror, never looking down at all. If both feet come off the maze, he goes back to start. Whoever finishes the maze in the shortest amount the time is the champion. For long-term competition, hang a white board near the maze with the name and speed time of the current champion and runner up. When the record is beaten, simply erase and write in the new champ. Variation: Junior Champs — for children under five, leave out the mirror and instruct children to walk the maze toe-to-heel.

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