How many times have you heard, “I’m bored.” Come out of your child’s mouth? Here are some seriously simple boredom busters that will keep your kids busy and mom and dad happy!
I notice a trend when my kids are beginning to watch too many movies. We are very careful about what they watch, but still. There is a mindset that my kids begin to adapt too when they are overexposed to movies and video games. It’s like they take the “I’m bored. Do something to amuse me,” mentality.
So, many times I try to come up with creative, simple ideas for the kids to play, interact, build relationships and learn in their free time. Hope you enjoy these TV free activities that will get “BORED” out of your kids vocabulary!
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- Play with Bubbles. Grab some cheap bottles of bubbles or make your own and play, play, play! Have contests to see who can make the most bubbles in one blow. Also try catching the bubbles. Lots of simple, non-messy, simple fun to be had with bubbles!
- Fingerpaint. Lots of fun creations can be made with fingerpainting. Add some brocolli, cars, spashetti and other around-teh-house items for fun and texture. Forks and combs are fun texture-adding tools too!
- Make some colored soap. Lots of fun ideas on this hands-on activity can be found at the Imagination Tree.
- Bake some goodies! We can spend house in the kitchen baking bread, cookies, muffins and just about anything under the sun! My kids love getting their hands in on the cooking, and of course, the taste-testing!
- Make sponge bombs. Need to cool off? Try making these super, simple, quick and cheap sponge bombs to keep your kids happy for hours in the water! Do I feel a water fight coming on?
- Create some cardboard toys. I bet you have some cardboard lying around your home! Grab it up and try out these fun cardboard crafts and toys..
- Prepare for a Luau. Make some home-made leis with just a few materials you may already have at home. Your girls can then play dress-up and other imaginary fun! Make some fun, Hawaiian food for dinner for everyone to sport their new Leis!
- Set up a pretend shop. We have played bookstore, restaurant and house with just a few simple items. The more realistic the more fun! For shops and restaurants, we would use simple things like tea bag tags for money or game cards. Grab a few of your aprons from the kitchen and give it to the waiters and waitresses for pretend play. There are os many options with this fun, imaginative play idea!
- Write a story. Pick out a picture from the internet, a magazine or another place and display it for your children. Ask each of them to write a serious or silly story about the pic. Everyone can read their story to the family at dinnertime.
- Have a simple, tea party. Find a perfect spot outside or inside, and give your kids some pastries, crackers, cheese and fruit. Let them experiment with warm tea, milk and sugar. They can even dress up in their “fancy” clothes to make it more fun!
- Go bowling in your living room! Grab some empty toilet paper rolls and line them up like bowling pins. Then, roll up some socks for a ball and get bowling!
- Use side-walk chalk after it rains. Sidewalk chalk is lots of fun and can be used for so many games. Try it right after it rains, when the ground is wet, and it’s almost like you’re painting with super, large crayons. Go ahead and plan for this one! You know you want to try it!
- Plant some flowers. Just a section of your yard and let your kids plant some flowers. It can be their very own project. They will learn responsibility and how to care for a living object. Many science lessons will be learned just from this one family activity!
- Make a simple balance beam. Line your floor with masking tape and let your kids walk back and forth on the line one at a time without falling. Then, ask them to walk backwards, with their eyes closed etc.
- Play Hot Potato. Choose an object to be the potato. We typically pick a small stuffed animal. Play some music and let the kids sit down and pass around the “Potato” in the circle. When the music stops, whoever has the “potato” is out. The last person sitting is the winner!
- Try The Listening Game. Place 10-20 items in the middle of a circle. Give your kids three minutes to look at them. Then tell everyone to close their eyes, and then make sounds with the objects. Whoever guesses the most objects correctly is the winner.
- Shoot some hoops. Oh those balled up socks are so much fun! Grab your balled up socks, a bucket, a box, a laundry hamper or trash can will be perfect for the basket. Let each player take turns tossing the socks in to make points.
- Make some music! Fill up drinking glasses at varying levels. Grab some spoons and let your kids, gently, make some music. It’s fun to see what melodic tunes they can create!
- Have a sing-a-long! My kids love to get around the piano and sing. If you can play an instrument, invite your kids to sing their favorite songs while you play for them.
- Play with your food! Grab some rice and corn kernels and let your kids measure and pour to enjoy all the sounds and textures of these fun foods. Just monitor the mess and make sure no one eats the uncooked food!
What fun activities do you have up your sleeve to bust up boredom? Would love to hear them in the comments section!