100+ Boredom Busting Ideas for Kids! Share +

Posted by: coronadosafe 3 years, 4 months ago

Most of the time, kids left to their own devices end up doing something interesting, but sometimes they really do need our help, especially if she suddenly has more time on her hands than usual, or if you’re newly limiting TV and electronics. (Once kids get used to limitations on TV and electronics, they become good at entertaining themselves, and more creative at play.) 

Even if you need to help your child come up with ideas for “what to do,” shift the responsibility to her by creating a Boredom Jar stuffed with ideas written on pieces of paper. Whenever a child says she’s bored, she picks three pieces of paper from the jar and chooses one of the activities.

Here are some examples of ideas that might be in your Boredom Buster Jar:

  • Make a book of jokes 
  • Build a fort with blankets and pillows 
  • Write your Grandma a letter 
  • Cut out paper dolls and costumes for them 
  • Get a magnet and make a list of everything in your house that is magnetized 
  • Get a ruler and measure things in your house, recording their length 
  • Run around the yard three times 
  • Put on some music and dance 
  • Make a laser obstacle course in your hall with yarn or tape 
  • Wash the mirror with a sponge 
  • Write down ten things you love about each person in your family 
  • Brush the dog 
  • Draw a tree 
  • Make a dollhouse out of cardboard 
  • Learn a tongue twister 
  • Make homemade ice cream in a baggie 
  • Dig a hole in the back yard 
  • Give the dog a bath 
  • Find shapes in the clouds 
  • Make paper airplanes and fly them 
  • See how many times you can dribble the basketball 
  • Cut a guitar out of cardboard and add rubber band strings 
  • Paint a picture 
  • Play capture the flag 
  • Wash the car 
  • Make a birthday card 
  • Plan a treasure hunt, with clues 
  • Ride your bike 
  • Make a scene in a cardboard box 
  • Use boxes to build a castle 
  • Use an eye dropper to drop vinegar tinted with food coloring onto a pie pan filled with baking soda 
  • Start a journal 
  • Make homemade wrapping paper 
  • Mix ivory soap, kleenex and water to make clean clouds on a cookie sheet 
  • Organize your room 
  • Write a story 
  • Create a play with costumes 
  • Make paper bag puppets or sock puppets 
  • Cut out pictures from magazines and make a collage 
  • Use plain white paper and envelopes and decorate your own personalized stationery 
  • Cut up old holiday cards and make holiday stickers for next year by coating the back with gelatin glue, let dry (dissolve 2 tsp gelatin in 5 tsp boiling water.) 
  • Surprise your mom by making lunch 
  • Make a zoo for your stuffed animals 
  • Have a lemonade sale 
  • Make & decorate a calendar of the summer, with important dates marked. 
  • Put juice & cut-up fruit into ice cube trays to make ice cubes. 
  • Create a family newspaper/newsletter 
  • Make dessert 
  • Use masking tape to make a race track for your cars all over your living room 
  • Play Tag or Freeze Tag 
  • Start a collection (leaves, rocks, buttons) 
  • Hang a clothesline in your room and clip photos to it to make an album 
  • Create a circus performance 
  • Learn a new card game 
  • Make a potion lab outside with food coloring and jars (wear an apron!) 
  • Set up a shop and be the shop keeper 
  • Make your room into a rainforest 
  • Make a sculpture from pretzels and peanut butter 
  • Write the story of your life 
  • Do a something kind for someone, in secret 
  • Make an obstacle course 
  • Play Simon Says 
  • Bowl in your hallway with soda bottles or toilet paper tubes 
  • Make a placemat (just laminate it at the local copy shop) 
  • Write some limericks or haiku 
  • Decorate an old teeshirt with cool buttons & fabric pens 
  • Start a club 
  • Make rock candy 
  • Plant a terrarium 
  • Make a daisy chain 
  • Decorate a rock and make a house to keep it as a pet 
  • Use old cardboard tubes and boxes to build a marble maze. 
  • Make "funky junk" art out of old jewelry 
  • Read a book 
  • Make snow globes or calming jars with glycerin and glitter 
  • Have a water balloon fight (outside!) 
  • Memorize a poem and recite it for your parents 
  • Make a boat using a plastic soda bottle base & popsicle sticks (use duct tape) for the top, then float it at the pond. 
  • Draw a picture of a desert island with all the things you would want on it 
  • Blindfold your sibling & take them on a tour of your house & yard, then trade places. 
  • Play a board game 
  • Play Mother May I 
  • Make a fairy house for your garden 
  • Cut out a crown, tape into a circle to fit your head and decorate 
  • Create your own board game 
  • See if you can draw a picture with your foot. 
  • Draw on the sidewalk with chalk 
  • Play hopscotch 
  • Set up a restaurant and serve pretend meals 
  • Play jumprope 
  • Play with bubbles in the sink 
  • Plant some seeds 
  • Make a windsock 
  • Use the hose and a tarp to make a slip and slide on your lawn 
  • Paint your toenails 
  • Play dodgeball with a soft ball 
  • Make a curving line of dominoes and knock the first one so they fall down in a row 
  • Weed the garden 
  • Make puppets with old socks, buttons & markers. 
  • Make a list of fun things you can do without a grownup 
  • Mix liquid hand soap, cornstarch and food coloring into paint and paint the bathtub. 
  • String beads to make friendship bracelets. 
  • Use the hose, pvc pipe and soda bottles to construct waterways in your yard 
  • Use pipe cleaners to make animals 
  • Use pipe cleaners to make an indoor ring toss game 
  • Use a basket and string to rig an elevator to hoist stuffed animals up your stairwell 
  • String a necklace out of pasta 
  • Practice kicking a soccer ball 
  • Glue popsicle sticks together to make picture frames, decorate. 
  • Make and fill a bird feeder 
  • Make playdoh 
  • Paint sea shells or rocks 
  • Make bean bags 
  • Blow bubbles 
  • Give your dolls or stuffed animals a bubble bath

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