Summer’s right around the corner and kids will be spending the days at home again. As much fun as it is to have the kids home for a change, it also means they’re looking for constant entertainment. Pretty soon you’re bound to hear the words every adult wishes they could say themselves: “I’m boooorred!”. Be one step ahead of your kids this summer with a boredom jar. Yup… A jar filled with activities kids can do when they say they’re bored. Make yours as personal to your family as you’d like, but here are some great ideas to get you started.
1. The “Mom I’m Bored Jar”
Beat boredom with productive activities! The Wellness Mama explains how she fills a jar with wooden tokens that have a variety of activities written on them from simple exercises to doing chores. Any time a child complains of being bored, they have to pull a token from the jar and perform the task that’s written. Best of all, Wellness Mama says that as reluctant as her children were at first to do some of the chores, it has now become a game for them and they enjoy doing the work just as much as the fun activities. For a complete list of her boredom-beating ideas, check out the website here.
2. Indoor/Outdoor Boredom Busters
Create an indoor and an outdoor jar to fill with activities best suited for where activities should be done. When kids get bored, have them choose from the jar of their choice. All activities are easy and inexpensive (most are FREE!). Get all the details from The Crafting Chicks.
3. I’m Done. Now What?
You might hear your children talk about the “I’m Done. Now What?” jar at school. The idea is brilliant, really. Any time your child finishes one task and is looking for something new to keep them occupied, have them pull a stick from the jar that gives them a learning-based activity. Ideas include practicing cursive writing and going on a dictionary hunt. What a great way to keep brains going over those long summer months!
4. Washi Tape Boredom Busters
Here’s a way to let your kids pick their activity but with a little more input and control from you. Categorize activities into groups and mark the appropriate craft sticks with the color-coordinated washi tape. While She Was Napping shares the DIY instructions to make the sticks and jars. She also shares a list of 168 activity ideas. Find it all here!
5. 1001 Ideas!
Mum In The Mad House shares another Bored Jar but this one has 1001 activity ideas. I like how she includes cooking and other life-skills instead of just fun and games!
6. I’m Bored Art Jar
For as great as some of the Bored Jar activities are at keeping kids occupied and happy, other activities require that Mom or Dad participate as well. But let’s be honest… there are just times when you have your own jobs or errands, and you need your kids to take care of themselves. For these times, turn to an I’m Bored Art Jar instead of a jar with random pick activities. Stock the Art Jar full of crafts and art supplies that children can use to make their own creations.
7. I’m Bored Lego Challenge
Give your kids an engineering challenge with an I’m Bored Lego Jar. Start by painting a mason jar to look like a Lego head. Then, fill the jar with different building objectives or tasks that must be completed if pulled. Come up with your own building ideas or check out these suggestions from the 31 Day Lego Challenge Calendar.
8. I Spy Jar
Keep your kids busy with an I Spy Jar. Simply fill the jar with rice and various small toys and other items. Then give your children a list of items to find inside the jar. Such an easy way to bring the books to life! Read more information from Because I Said So.
9. Scavenger Hunt In A Jar
Create your own scavenger hunt in a jar. Come up with your own list of items to locate around the house or use any of these themed scavenger hunt ideas from Buggy and Buddy.
10. Snowman In A Jar
For those winter days when kids are stuck inside and bored, pull out a snowman in a jar! This is an annual tradition in our home now. Everyone has their own and we get creative by adding different snowman features each year, such as a funny hat, glasses, or a new scarf.