My 7 year old is very bright, and she gets bored very easily. I am out of ideas. She loves doing math and word problems, puzzles, mazes, hidden pictures etc... She can finish a fat workbook in an hour. Does anyone have ideas of things that will keep her busier for longer, or unique ideas I haven't thought of? We do limit electronics/ screen time so preferably nothing like that.
big lego sets including lego architechual
200-300 piece puzzles and more depending on her abilities
The best thing you can do for her would be to get her interested in reading. If she becomes a reader she'll never be bored! Try to find books that appeal to her. Even offer bribes or have a reward system for every 10 minutes she reads a day. Once she's interested on her own the reading will be its own reward.
My seven year old son is also gifted in the areas of comprehension and verbal skills. He is a voracious reader which keeps him very busy. He loves to learn about anything. Like many kids like this his social skills and maturity do not match his intellect so we spend quite a bit of time on his social emotional needs which also keeps him busy.
Give regular activities adjusted to use more brain power.
eg. if jumping rope, get her to jump while saying a poem
let her bake one and a half times a recipe
get her to build something from cereal boxes
get her to write a play and act it out for you
give her hands on measuring and working out eg I have five boxes 5x5 to fit on this shelf, how can I make it work? let her measure and work it out
teach her map reading and let her work out five routes to one place
teach her to write music notes and ask her to write out tunes for you
gifted kids love doing things which have a practical purpose
get her to prepare a dvar torah from easy seforim for shabbos table
get her to design a cushion on paper and then embroider it
You are basically using regular activities but pushing them up a level to design rather than being given a designed task and doing it
If she's crunching through workbooks so quickly, I'm thinking you should steer more toward creative pursuits. Something open-ended. Instead of random puzzles, see if there's a topic that interests her that she'd like to learn more about and then do things with. Lego is a fabulous idea, other building/creating toys are also helpful.
She is very creative and spends a lot of time drawing and writing, I encourage her to use art supplies and create but she hates cleaning up afterwards so that becomes a problem. She has a lot of lego but again she hates cleaning up little pieces, so she would rather not play with it. She does play with her barbies sometimes.
Maybe encourage her to think like a businesswoman? Lemonade stand? I remember playing an online lemonade stand game as a girl but it would have been so much fun to make one in real life -- you give her some startup capital of say $10 and unlimited water and you say OK, you have to determine how much to spend on lemons and sugar. Is it worth it to buy fresh lemons or will lemon juice from the store do just as well? Maybe sell both sugar and Splenda versions? How high can you price the lemonade before you start to significantly lose customers? Are there any other products people would like the convenience of buying on a sidewalk, like ice cold water? She might love the idea of you giving her enough money to "invest" in a water cooler and then she gets to keep whatever she makes from selling ice cold water minus your investment.
I also love the ideas above. I did a lot of small cross-stitching sets at that age, they are self-contained and can be found at any craft store or on Amazon.
Major kudos to you for limiting screen time! You are instead encouraging her to do activities which will build self-confidence
We are constantly looking for things to engage my gifted son. My son has currently taken up welding, with my husband's help. He really loves taking apart old electronics (computers, phones, toasters, anything with an engine) and welding the parts back together to make other stuff. I confess I don't really understand half of the things he's doing, but he's built a weather alarm (it sticks out the window and BEEEEPS when it rains) and a clock and lots of other stuff that don't actually do anything but were great fun to make. Past passions include outer space (for almost two years we were all avidly following the New Horizons space probe as it traveled to Pluto), baking (which has a surprising amount of math) and of course his most favorite thing in the whole wide world, LEGO. He is also a great reader. Hope this helps! Good luck OP!
I don't know how much you are willing to spend, but there are a lot of games that can keep a smart child occupied for a while. There are also STEM subscription services that send a box each month with something for the child to build and experiment with.
I don't know your daughter, but I do know that many gifted children have an underdeveloped sense of empathy. Because they are somewhat different from their peers, and often get praised for their intellectual gifts, they don't exercise their compassion muscles as much as they should. Seven is pretty young, but maybe she can visit senior citizens or an animal shelter or otherwise be involved in chessed.