5 Boredom Busters for Kids

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

Boredom Busters for Kids

1. Bead straws to create a necklace or bracelet

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2.  Create fun drawing with chalk on the footpath

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3. Create some plant pals

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4. Play moon tennis, so much fun!

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5. Cereal box mail, send letters to each other

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 What is your suggestion when the kids get bored?

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Kate September 20, 2011 - 8:30 AM

When we get bored we make goop! All it is is corn flour, water and food dye. It has the strangest feeling its runny but hard and my son loves it! To add to the experience we get his plastic dinosaurs and he stomps them around in it.

Rebecca Nelson on Facebook September 20, 2011 - 8:59 AM

I made my kids ‘I’m bored’ jars. They decorated a biscuit jar but you could use anything, & filled it with boredom buster tasks on note paper. They can only choose 1 per hr & have to do the task. We wrote down things like run around the yard sideways, draw a picture, have an icy pole, clean yr room, cook with mum, about 35 tasks. My kids LOVE them!

Claire Bailey September 20, 2011 - 9:20 AM

I put up a tent in the lounge room and they go camping. Give them a lunch boxed lunch or popcorn and they make themselves up a bed, take in some books, close the curtains and give them a torch and so on. If they are older, let them put the tent up themselves.

Fiona Walker September 20, 2011 - 9:32 AM

We go Geocaching when we get bored and when ever we can – it’s so much fun http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4VFeYZTTYs.

Leah - Bogue Living September 20, 2011 - 9:56 AM

I am so doing the straw threading and moon tennis, must add those supplies to my shopping list this week! I think both the almost 3yo and 8yo will like them.

I really want to try geocaching!

Hannah September 20, 2011 - 10:48 AM

Chalk drawing is always a great option and it washes off next time it rains. I really love your plant pals, very cute!

Maree September 20, 2011 - 11:16 AM

I give the kids a cup of water and a fat paintbrush and let them “paint” either on the side of the house if you have a brick house, or on the pavement, rocks, steps etc. Works great in 2 ways, they have fun and they wash they house/walkways etc at the same time and have fun doing it 🙂

Your Dad September 20, 2011 - 6:25 PM

What we used to do when travelling way before modern technology, was ‘I spy with my little eye ‘ was a subject or object in the car or room and others had to guess what it was ,was fun .

Bonnie David Small on Facebook September 21, 2011 - 12:24 AM

One of the games we would play in the car on a long trip was a word game. Hubby would start by saying a word like ‘cake’ and the next person had to say a word beginning with the last letter like ‘elephant’ the next would maybe be ‘tack’. This game can go on forever. lol The kids would sometimes bring a dictionary to try and stump Dad with words that ended in x or z. Lots of fun and they learned new words too!

emma September 21, 2011 - 7:32 AM

Great ideas – shall definitely pinch the straw idea. Just like Maree in your comments, we often get out paintbrushes and water in the backyard. Or a spray bottle or mini water can and water the plants, or blow some bubble. Generally – send them outside!

Leila September 21, 2011 - 10:14 AM

I love straw necklaces, mainly because they are cheap and easy to do and we can always recycle them into another day of threading/beading.
I recently had some left over macaroni from a meal and added a few drops of food colouring to it in a small clip lock bag, then seeing the excitement of my Mr3 we got another packet out of the cupboard and coloured that in various colours too. Now they can bead with it, create art work via pasting and do various other things.

Normally when i am looking for boredom busters i go for playdoh, quick simple to make and i can tailor the colours to the children, add glitter when we have it and know that the ingredients are safe if my children eat it.

Kathryn October 7, 2011 - 4:09 PM

Where can I find the instructions for the Plant Pals?

brella January 1, 2012 - 8:57 PM

Thanks for the fantastic ideas to keep the kids occupied.

This is a great little site for printing out huge wall sized maps. The sheets print out in order so it is really easy to put together.


You might want to add this to your list of websites.

Katrina January 4, 2012 - 9:23 PM

Wonderful what a great website, it will help with kids homework in the future that’s for sure!


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