We’ve all heard those two words that make a parent sigh in frustration – “I’m bored!” It doesn’t matter how many toys, books or craft supplies a child has, at some point they are going to be bored of it all. Here are a few solutions that require very little preparation and can be pulled out in a matter of minutes to save both you and your child from those whines of boredom.
1) Make Super Hero Masks: Super Hero masks are so simple to make. You can use construction paper, Bristol board, thin cardboard or even a paper plate. Decorate them using using crayons, markers, paint or stickers, cut out holes for the eyes and then tie with a string, ribbon or yarn. (To make them even easier print out a pattern, like this one I found on First Pallette, to have on hand when you need them.)
2) Get Creative: Rummage around the house for random objects and art supplies – paper towel rolls, yarn, ribbon, stickers, paper plates, pipe cleaners – whatever you can find! Dump them on the table with some scissors, glue and markers and see what the kids create!
3) Trace Yourself: I used to love doing this activity in school when I was a kid. Have your kids lay down on a large piece of paper and trace around them. Allow them to decorate the picture of themselves any way they wish. (If you don’t have paper large enough to trace their whole body, have them trace their hands and feet. All three of my kids added their hands and feet to this picture and it is still hanging in my bedroom.)
4) Build A Tower – With Whatever You Can Find: When my kids were toddlers they loved to build towers out of anything! Blocks, dishes, toilet paper, plastic containers – Georgia even made a tower once with all of the yogurt containers out of the fridge!
5) Water Play: Water play is one of the easiest ways to keep a young child entertained. Not only is playing in water a relaxing sensory activity, but it’s tons of fun! Fill a plastic tote, dish pan or small kiddie pool with soap and water. You can add food coloring, glitter, or even some essential oils. Throw in some toys, plastic food and dishes, strainers and measuring cups, small water guns or rocks and twigs. You can use the water to bath a baby doll or to practice washing dishes. (If it’s not nice enough outside for water play don’t be afraid to do it inside. Place a towel or blanket under the container to catch some of the water, or move the water play to the bath tub!)
6) Go For A Walk: The best cure for boredom? Get outside! Go for a walk or a bike ride. Play at the park or build a fort in the woods. Fresh air helps to wake everyone up and give them a boost of energy.
7) Play In The Mud: My kids love spring time when the ground thaws and our driveway turns into nothing but mud and ruts. On sunny days they spend hours playing, looking for worms, making mud pies and burying their hands and feet in the oozing mud! (There is no set-up or preparation needed for this activity – but it does require lots of clean up!)
8) Help Out Around The House: Children can work off their boredom by helping with some extra chores. Having them vacuum, scrub walls, wash windows, pile wood, clean up the yard or mow the lawn can teach them hard work and responsibility while chasing away boredom and restlessness.
There you have it – 8 easy solutions for bored children. But this list is just the beginning! There are so many fun activities for children. What are some of your favorite ways to beat boredom in your house?
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