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Submitted by Ally M., Sprout Contributor


Your kids have books, Lego, puzzles, an endless supply of toys, yet you’ll still hear the words “I’m bored” over and over again. The next time they come to you complaining there’s nothing to do, have them pick from the boredom jar! A boredom jar is a jar full of different activities. Each time your child announces that he/she is bored, they draw a slip of paper (or popsicle stick) out of the jar.

Here’s a list of ideas for your boredom jar:

  • Legos
  • Make a Snack
  • Reading (30 minutes)
  • Play-Doh
  • Computer Games
  • Color
  • Video Games (30 minutes)
  • Paint
  • Puppet Show
  • Puzzles
  • Blocks
  • Dress Up
  • Board Game
  • Army Men
  • Lincoln Logs
  • K’nex
  • Doll House
  • Polly Pockets
  • Barbies
  • Tea Party
  • Soap Carving
  • Write a Letter
  • Tinker Toys
  • Action Figures
  • Musical Instruments
  • Paint Fingernails
  • Make a Movie
  • Write a Story
  • Dance Party
  • Magnets
  • Illustrate a Story
  • Macaroni Necklaces
  • Fill Bird Feeders
  • Climb a Tree
  • Play Soccer
  • Watch Birds
  • Swim
  • Hide and Seek
  • Nerf Gun
  • Battle Tag
  • Take a Walk
  • Ride Bike
  • Play Catch
  • Water Guns
  • Skateboard
  • Water Balloons
  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Collect Bugs
  • Mud Pies
  • Baseball
  • Hopscotch
  • Jump Rope
  • Build a Fort
  • Nature Walk
  • Leap Frog
  • Roller Blade/ Skate
  • Frisbee Football
  • Cornhole
  • Take Pictures of Animals
  • Make up a Song
  • Start a Journal
  • Mini Olympics