Many kids are looking forward to summer because they don’t have to wake up early and go to school anymore. But sometimes, with no set activities, they end up watching TV all the time or complaining they’re bored. Other times, they would demand all your attention that you might feel a bit overwhelmed. But still summer is a great time to bond with your kids.
THE BORED JAR
I was looking through Pinterest to find activities for the summer and saw interesting and fun “Mommy, I’m Bored” Jars. Basically, you fill a jar with strips of paper that have set activities and let your kids pick one when boredom strikes. You could put in some chores you could all do together and make it into a game. Boring chores like matching newly washed socks can be exciting with some playful imagination. Another version would be using popsicle sticks.
When it’s really hot outside, just choose ones you could do at home or make an indoor version of it ( e.g. building a blanket fort in the living room instead of camping in your backyard ). Choose activities that are beyond the usual but still age appropriate.
BORED JAR ACTIVITY IDEAS + FREE PRINTABLE
Here are 55 activity ideas for your “Mommy Bored Jar”:
Write a note for a friend
Wipe the furniture in the living room
Read a book
Make popsicles with fruits
Do a puzzle
Play hide and seek
Play with clay
Play music and have a dance party
Make a wishlist
Enroll in an online class
Play dress up
Sort the laundry with mommy
Water the plants
Bathe the pets
Melt some broken crayons and make art
Cook a new recipe
Learn how to skip
Find 3 toys to give away
Pair up the newly washed socks
Play Simon Says
Make up a secret handshake
Visit a nearby park, water park or museum
Make sock puppets and put on a show
Make a fruit pizza
Make a fort with a big blanket
Find “creatures” in the clouds (cloud watching)
Braid someone’s hair
Look at baby pictures and old photos
Make a scrapbook
Go on a scavenger hunt (inside or outside)
Sing songs together
Watch family videos
Make homemade dough
Thread macaroni or beads to make necklaces
Draw a family member
Make paper boats or paper planes
Go on a bike ride
Hike a new trail
Build an obstacle course
Fly a kite
Walk the Dog
Facetime or Video Call relatives abroad
Learn a magic trick
Practice a Sport
Find stuff for a garage sale
Choose books to donate
Search for lost items in the house
Play with lego
Make a collage
Dig in the Dirt
I was feeling a bit creative so I made a FREE printable just for you!
Excited? So am I!
Enjoy! Would love it if you tag me when you use this printable!
Please remember though, that while it’s great to have these structured activities, experts say we should also allow our kids to be bored and entertain themselves. This stimulates imagination and encourages them to think for themselves.
I found a quote on the website Melbourne Child Psychology by Dr. Vanessa Lapointe, a registered psychologist and author of the book “Discipline without Damage”. I think it’s fitting for us parents to consider that we don’t need to rescue our children from boredom all the time. So a little boredom is actually a good thing!
Children need to sit in their own boredom for the world to become quiet enough that they can hear themselves’ ~Dr Vanessa Lapointe
Hope we all have a fun summer!
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