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By Lee Clark • August 7, 2018

3 Boredom-Busting Summer Holiday Fundraising Ideas

It’s the summer holidays and parents everywhere are doing their best impression of holiday park entertainment crews, in an effort to avoid hearing a phrase that seems to hit a nerve at this time of year: “I’m bored.”

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Now, as a grown-up that now relies on his imagination and creativity every single day to get by, I’m actually a firm believer in the idea that creating the conditions for childhood boredom can be a good thing. That said, spending time with the kids in your life during the summer can be magical with a bit of forethought, so here are some ideas that incorporate some feel-good vibes.

 

If life gives you lemons, make lemonade

There are heaps of quick-and-easy recipes for lemonade behind your favourite search engine. Mix it up, make a sign or two with crayons, pens or paint. Then it’s just a question of setting up a decorating table outside and helping the kids to sell lemonade to your neighbours, friends and family. Not only are you teaching your kids a little bit of financial intelligence, by ear-marking some of your modest profits to a cause your kids have chosen, you’re reinforcing the type of positive behaviour they can be proud of.

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Follow in their footsteps, get sponsored for them

Do your feet ache as much as mine after a day out with the kids at a theme park? My kids must take at least twice as many steps as me. I’m 6ft 2in and walk like an AT-AT, and they’re under half my size and their legs are a blur. Tech-savvy families up for a way to do some good while enjoying a day out could measure the differences with a combination of apps or smartwatches and a Connected Giving challenge. Having sponsorship to a beloved charity connected to the family’s total step count on a day out puts an added spring in your step between log flumes and rollercoasters and the obligatory pit stops for over-priced hotdogs and donuts.

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Gaming

As a kid that grew up through the console gaming revolution and now, as an enthusiastic, occasional gamer, I know how much fun can be had playing computer games with friends. In my opinion, not enough parents sit with their kids on a Saturday morning and play games with them, quite often out of the misplaced fear that video games somehow “rot brains”. Whether it’s digging out classics like Mario Kart or, dare I say it, being taught by a teenager how to play Fortnite, there are many rewarding experiences to be had, with a little willingness to engage. Just try to avoid eating a multipack of Walkers and fifteen Bourbon Creams while you’re doing it.

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