(Excerpt retrieved from ‘Saving Summer with Structure’: https://www.additudemag.com/saving-summer-adhd-routine-children-vacation/)
Parents’ Best Boredom-Beating, Brain-Boosting Summertime Tips:
Create summer routines and schedules. Don’t wait for your child to ask for direction. Post a weekly schedule of planned activities, along with blocks marked out for free time. As new ideas occur, fill in the free-time blocks. List everything — from casual, open-ended activities, like reading or time on the computer, to structured ones, like cooking projects.
Try summer activities that spark creativity and boost self-esteem.They should satisfy your child’s natural curiosity about the world and encourage her inquisitiveness. Walking a nature trail or doing art-and-crafts projects at the local community center are good options. Children gain a sense of fulfillment and personal pride from acquiring new skills.
Plan for at least one success a day. Make sure your child gets to do at least one thing he’s really good at — or loves — every day. It could be creating something out of Play-Doh or playing the kazoo. And set aside a special time each day for him to tell you about it.
Use technology to entertain. There are many kinds of software designed to amuse and educate your child. These include games that call on science or geography knowledge, brain-teaser puzzles — you name it.
Give your child a say in his day. Put your child in charge of some free time every day. His choice might be to swim, ride a bike, read comic books, or watch TV. Once he gets the hang of it, he might even want to schedule stuff that’s not so fun — like chores.
Have “family” fun. “It shows your child he’s loved and that he’s OK just the way he is,” says Ann Cathcart, founder of the Learning Camp, in Vail, Colorado. “It also tells him that he’s so great that you want to schedule time just to be with him. It can be playing a game or going on a family outing or vacation together. It’s all good.”
Give them time to dream. Even the most energetic kids need downtime. Help them find a hobby for quiet times, such as keeping a summer scrapbook or starting a collection — of photos, drawings, bugs, bottle caps, whatever. If he is a slow starter, schedule dream time in the morning, and save structured activities for the afternoon, when he’s more focused.