A common struggle of everyone being home 24/7, is definitely the struggle of having bored kids. Raise your hand if you’ve heard “I’m bored” eleventy billion times? Very few things send me in to a frenzy of frustration and annoyance than when I hear my kids are bored again. There is so much to do around here! In an attempt to combat this, we hope these boredom-busting activities help!
As many of us are navigating this brand new arrangement of no school and being home 24/7 during the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to share our list of boredom-busting ideas for kids. The goal is to list things that require little to no parental involvement. I certainly think the elaborate crafts and activities have their place, but this list specifically is meant to encourage independent play and creative thinking.
I also would like to add a note that I know it’s good for kids to feel boredom. This is part of the reason a lot of the ideas are very general and meant to spark ideas for my kids. I believe wholeheartedly that kids should have unstructured time but I also know some kids (ahem, mine) need a jumping off point.
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Things To Do When Kids Are Bored
- Make a bracelet or necklace
- Listen to a podcast
- Ask Alexa questions
- Geography workbooks: a few of our favorites linked here and here.
- Write a letter to a friend
- Do a research project (animal, place, person)
- Build a LEGO city
- Listen to free audio books
- Make your own comic book
- Mad Libs
- Word search
- Color in a coloring book
- Board game
- Hide and seek
- Dance party
- Make a fort
- Cincinnati Zoo YouTube
- Learn to draw something new
- Draw a map of the house
- Indoor obstacle course
- Butcher paper art: Theme ideas are city, space, under the sea, dinosaurs, things that go, geography, bugs, on the farm
- Chalk a driveway mural
- Learn a magic trick
- Live streams of Monterey Bay Aquarium
- FaceTime friends or family
- Play cards
- Sami Circuit workout
- Hide the sticker
- Virtual tour of the Great Wall of China
- Learn to cook something
- Jump rope
- Watch butterflies grow, draw their life cycles
- Dress up
- Toothpick tower: all you need are toothpicks and small marshmallows
- Give the dog a bath
- Tour the Winchester Mystery House
- Pull weeds
- Scroll NASA’s complete online image library
- Hogwarts digital escape room
- Lunch doodles with Mo Willems
- Take a virtual tour of Buckingham Palace
- Go on Disney rides
- Free science lessons from Mystery Science
- Listen to an astronaut read a story
- Take a virtual farm tour
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There are a lot of creative ways to implement these too! You can keep the numbered list on your phone and as soon as you hear that dreaded “B” word from your kid, ask them to pick a number between 1 and 52. Whatever number they pick, they do!
Another great idea is to put all of these ideas on popsicle sticks and have your child choose a stick every time every time they’re bored. The possibilities are endless!
We’d love to hear your ideas on what kids can do when they exclaim, “I’m bored!” Add yours in the comments below. Want to see our ideas in action? Follow us on Instagram!