Do your kids ever complain “I’m bored”?  In this new normal, our kids have so much more time at home and we are always looking for something to keep them busy.  I made this boredom jar with my niece and nephew and they love it!  With just a few simple materials, you can easily make one.  I like to group activities into categories by coding with washi tape on popsicle sticks, but you can also use different colors of paper.  The activities will vary by your family needs, but here are some ideas from our jar. 


  • Quiet time activities: read a book, write a story, draw a picture, do a puzzle, start a journal, paint, research a place you would like to visit, listen to a podcast  (there are tons for kids), do a crossword puzzle
  • Family activities:  play a board game, play a card game, have a dance party, take a walk, have a picnic, research the family tree, go for a bike ride, have a water balloon fight, write up interview questions for your parents, play charades
  • Outside playtime: explore the garden with a magnifying glass, run through the sprinkler, get sidewalk chalk and play hopscotch, plant vegetables, create a chalk drawing, collect leaves and rocks, play with bubbles
  • Things to make: string noodles on a necklace, make a card, make your own playdough, paint rocks, make a pinecone bird feeder, make friendship bracelets, do a science experiment, model with clay, tie dye a t-shirt, make slime, make a collage with recycled materials, create a board game, make a time capsule
  • Things to do: play dress up, invent a circus act, make a treasure hunt with clues for your parents or siblings, have a paper airplane race, make up a song, act like your favorite wild animal, paint your nails, take pictures and create a photo book, find something in your house that starts with every letter of the alphabet
  • Fun with food: bake cookies, prepare a restaurant lunch with a menu, make pizza, make cupcakes, do a blind taste test
  • Stuck inside: have a tea party, put on a sock puppet show, build a tent with blankets and chairs, have an indoor picnic
  • Chores: walk or brush the dog, wash the car, do the dishes, make your bed, clean your room, water the plants (I like to use these for kids to earn a special treat)

Materials needed:

  • Jar – I used an old pickle jar
  • Popsicle sticks or colored pieces of paper
  • Washi tape
  • Stickers
  • Markers

So, the next time your kid’s say, “I’m bored”, pull out your boredom buster jar!


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