For the first time, we have to think about how we are going to entertain our now 1st grader over the summer. In previous years, he would still attend either daycare or pre-school as they were full year programs. But this year we had to think about these 88 days of summer and find ways to make sure that he would not get bored.
We knew that he was going to go to summer camp a few weeks out of the year. But even then, it wasn’t a full summer long camp. We had to figure out some other way to keep him entertained. He can only read, do workbooks and play Legos for so long until their fun factor starts to wear thin.
The Boredom of Summer
We could walk the quarter mile down the street to our community pool. But even on the hottest of days in the summer, it is not as refreshing as sitting in the nice cool air conditioning of our own home. Since moving we, have a nice cold finished basement that we can sneak down to on the sweltering days.
As a parent, we all know what it like when we see the same movie or TV show over, and over, and over again. As much as it pains me to say this, we can even distract us with our phones and will get bored watching The Lego Batman Movie for the 100th time. I don’t know how kids can do that but somehow they can.
I have to beg our oldest to watch his TV show episodes in order. He will base his viewing on the thumbnail provided and could either skip four episodes missing a crucial scene that explains why they talk about such and such character that went missing.
Niko and the Sword of Light saves the day… or night
That is why I was thankful when Amazon (proud Prime members here) introduced a new show called Niko and the Sword of Light to our son.
Niko and the Sword of Light follows a 10-year-old boy whose land has been overcome with darkness. Niko takes it upon himself to defeat the darkness and sets off on his epic quest to do so. As his journey to the Cursed Volcano carries on, he uncovers secrets of his mysterious past and makes new friends along the way.
This show was just what we needed to help entertain our son once he became inevitably bored with his toys and the board games were no longer fun after he would win every time.
The show features many voices you know and love Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants), Andre Robinson (Doc McStuffins), Steve Blum (Star Wars: Rebels), Kevin Michael Richardson (The Penguins of Madagascar), Jim Cummings (Shrek), and Kari Wahlgren (Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness). You might even recognize the animation from Imaginism Studios, Inc. who are behind the designs of Tim Burton’s Alice and Wonderland.
If you are struggling to find something for your child to do this summer and stay cool in the process, check out Amazon’s Niko and the Sword of Light.
You do have to be an Amazon Prime member to watch Niko and the Sword of Light, but Amazon does have a 30 day free trial of Prime so that you can watch the show for free and see what else Amazon Prime has to offer. (We love the two-day shipping on products we need to help raise our two boys)
Full Disclosure: I have partnered with Amazon to promote their new show, Niko and the Sword of Light. However, the thoughts and opinions are my own and not that of Amazon.