Preschool and Older – Tired of hearing “Hey, I’m bored” from your kids? Take some time with them and create a boredom jar. Fill it with ideas for fun things they can do when they feel bored, chores that have to get done, and more. When they’re feeling bored, they can go over and grab an idea stick and be in charge of getting rid of their own boredom. Don’t have those materials? Write your activities on slips of paper and throw them into a small bag.
Here are some of our favorite fun and time-consuming activities.
Have your child go outside and collect neat small items they find in your backyard or near where you live. When they’ve gathered their items, they can come back inside and turn them into nature collage art. They can glue their items to paper to become a permanent piece of art or just place them on paper so that they can create multiple pieces (and then the nature items can go back outdoors when they’re done.
Challenge your child(ren) to design a full restaurant at home. Encourage them to design a menu of food they can cook entirely on their own. Have them design and create everything they’d find in a restaurant including:
Find activities for other moods in the full Activity Guide: Music & Activities for Different Moods