It may or may not have happened yet…but at some stage during the holidays you will be hit with the I’m bored comment from the kids!
It’s infuriating, isn’t it? They have all those toys, games and stuff to keep them occupied, and yet… here they are. Asking the lady scrubbing the floors (metaphorically) what to do for fun.
Next time the kids try on a case of the I’m-boreds, hit them with this list. There are 50 suggestions of things the kids could do instead of moping around insisting there is nothing to do. And that’s 50 things they could be doing instead of screens too.
We have made this into a printable so you can keep it handy, either on the fridge or noticeboard at your house and you can direct the kids to it when they say I’m bored!
50 things to do instead of say I’m bored
Here we go (in no particular order)…
1. Make a mini town with lego
2. Run under the sprinkler
3. Set up an obstacle course in the backyard
5. Go swimming
6. Play a board game (suggestions here)
7. Make up a dance (this is one of my daughter’s favourites!)
8. Visit friends
9. Go to the park
10. Go plane spotting (details here)
11. Go to the waterfront and share some hot chips
12. Visit the library
13. Lie in the backyard and cloud watch
14. Be a bowerbird and see how many interesting things you can collect outdoors (feathers, patterned leaves, shells, shiny rocks etc.)
15. Set up a craft station – lots of paper, glue, pens etc.
16. Make a fairy garden
17. Start a holiday journal
18. Make a short movie (write, direct and star in their own movie)
19. Go for a bike ride
20. Do a jigsaw puzzle
21. Write postcards to friends
22. Do a giant colouring in (details here)
24. Bake something
25. Make a treasure box for all your precious things
26. Do a chalk drawing on the driveway or footpath
27. Build a cubby under the dining room table
28. Blow bubbles
29. Fly a kite
30. Read a book
31. Watch a movie
32. Listen to music
33. Phone a friend or grandparent for a chat
34. Paint your fingernails
35. Learn a magic trick
37. Play at a friend’s house
38. Jump on the trampoline
39. Hide something and then make a treasure map for someone to find it
40. Make a magic potion
42. Make a friendship bracelet
43. Make a paper chain and decorate your room
44. Learn a simple origami
45. Blow up a balloon and time how long you can keep it up in the air for
46. Play with playdough
47. Dress up as your favourite character
48. Cut out pictures from magazines and make a collage of your favourites
49. Hula hoop and time how long you can go for
50. Set up the tent in the backyard for a sleep out
Printable: 50 ways to combat I’m bored
You can download our free printable here – 50 Suggestions To Combat “I’m Bored”!
What do you do when the kids say I’m bored?