I'm posting this here even though it's not directly related to academics - I do think this issue stems from my kids being with me all day every day.
My oldest will be 10 in the fall. Very long story short - he seems to be craving some separation from me and his siblings, and I think we're also needing to cut way back on screen time. The easy answer would be to sign him up for some classes or camps, but money is fairly tight. We are doing a drop-off art class once a week, but his brother does go with him to that. I'd love it if I had some creative projects or activities for him to do on his own, preferably outside.
We do have a large backyard, and our street is quiet so he can ride his bike around the block on his own. There are other kids in the neighborhood but they don't spend a whole lot of time just hanging outside, so he doesn't have a group of kids to join. I'd love it if we lived closer to a store that he could walk to, but the nearest is about a half mile walk. I'm not sure if I'm comfortable letting him do that on his own yet. We do live in a very safe town, but he would have to cross a busy street.
I do let him run into stores or into the post office in certain situations, but I don't get to do that as often as I'd like because I either don't have cash and need to use my debit card, or I need more than just one or two things.
So, like I said.. I'm looking for ways to encourage independence and give him some room to be on his own. But if I just send him outside to play, he's going to get bored quickly. That's why I was thinking a project or activity might be good.