We are often reminded of the malleability of the brain and the importance of the environment in making it ‘stronger’ or ‘weaker’. One aspect of brain training for children, with which I strongly agree, is that of ensuring that the brain functions under ‘boredom’. According to some occupational therapists (Victoria Prooday, May 2016), ‘basic monotonous work trains the brain to be workable and function under ‘boredom’ which is the same ‘muscle’ that is required to be eventually teachable at school’. Endless fun, with no dull moments or monotonous work does not train the brain to be workable since it is often ‘delayed gratification’ and boredom that is the first step to creativity and ensuring that a child’s brain is successfully functioning on social, emotional and academic levels. Here’s to a boring but joy-filled, half term break!