101 Kid- Approved Boredom Busters!


Whether it is week 3 of summer break, the first day of spring break, a snow day, weekend, etc. parents dread these three words, “I am bored!”  I have collated a list of fun activities that are certain to bust their boredom. Then I took it a step further and had my kiddos approve each and every one of them! I’ll be honest; a few of my ideas didn’t make the cut. Here are 101 that did! (Pics have links too, simply click on them)

1. Build a fort

2. Have a Rainbow Loom Marathon

3. Build a Lego world!

4. Get out the Slip N Slide

5. Make sidewalk fizzy paint

6. Have a puppet show with homemade sock puppets

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7.  Make edible play dough

8.   Edible finger paint

9. Sign up and participate in the Summer Reading program at your local library

 

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10. Make your own art

11. Host an Art Show displaying said art

12. Have a lemonade stand

13. Make bathtub paint

14. Tactile tubs

15. Go on a Scavenger Hunt

16. Have fun with Science Experiments

17. Have a spa day

18. Have a Super Hero Day

19. Host a Movie Night…Make a treat wagon! Make cool tickets to pass out to friends

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20. Declare it a Minecraft Day

21. Host your own Cupcake Wars with play dough or real cupcakes!

22. Make your own obstacle course

23. Host a fashion show

24. Invade the recycling bin and create sweet sculptures!

25. Make some yummy summer treats

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26. Write and illustrate a book

27. Host a dance party

28. Have a game day!

29. Make a card for a neighbor to brighten their day.

30. Learn about the solar system….

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31. Make your own matching/memory game

32.   Make your own puzzle

33.  Put on a play

34. Record your own movie

35. Decorate bikes and wagons and have a parade!

36. Make a bird feeder

37. Go through pictures & souvenirs and make a scrapbook

38. Host a neighborhood bake sale

39. Make super hero capes and face masks!

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40. Have a day at the beach inside! Build a sand castle inside with this Watermelon Moon Sand!

41.  Make instruments & have a performance on the lawn

42. Have a ball! Get a bunch of beach balls and have a blast….have kiddos each decorate their own balls with faces, etc.

43. Bubbles! Get the bubbles out and have a blast!

44. Run through the sprinkler

45. Have a water balloon fight!

46.  Paint with food!

47. Empty out your piggy bank and hit up the local candy store…Boyd’s!

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48.  Paint Rocks

49. Make Rainbow bubble Snacks

50. Play Hot/cold- hide an object then other need to find it, person who hide says cold as they move away from the object and warm/hot the closer they get to the object

51.  Host a Chess tournament.

52.  Host a book club…have kiddos read book or have parents read to them then discuss the book. Imagine you were the characters in the book, what would you do? How would you feel? Have each child come up with a different question.

53.  Play charades!

54. Make pet treats and visit a local animal shelter to drop them off (call first to make certain they will accept them…if not, simply drop off donations, i.e. newspaper, paper towels, etc.)

 

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55. Make Washi Tape bracelets

56. Get your hands on some cardboard boxes…don’t have any? Call local appliance store, big box store, etc. – here are 31 wild ideas!!

57.  Make silly putty

58.  Make slime

59. Make a Volcano!!

60. Freeze things in ice…always fun!

61.  Make snow, even in the middle of summer!

62.Invite friends over for a special treat, a Banana Bar!

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63. Make a masterpiece out of items found in nature…sticks, twigs, grass, weeds, flowers, etc.

64. Visit local FREE establishments like Museums/Library

65. Have kiddos play archeologist…have parent burry objects in a sandbox, backyard, etc.  Help kiddos set up an archeological dig.

66. Make a Mason Jar aquarium….plus 15 additional fun things to do with a Mason Jar

67. Make your own soap! – Soap cupcakes with whipped frosting

68.  Chemical Free Jelly Soap

69. Go on Safari….place stuffed animals around the house & make this sweet Safari Vest!

70.  Walk on Coffee Can stilts

71. Host a carnival in your backyard!

 

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72. Have fun with crossword puzzles, brain teasers, word search, etc.

73.  Make scented play dough! WHAT!? –

74. Let’s Talk Food! Have kiddos grab old magazines and make a poster board with all the food groups.

75. Grab your crayons and get coloring!! –

76.  Make Map Magnets, learn about geography-

77. Folding Fun- Make sweet Origami figures

78.  Make your own stamps & Stamp pads!

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79. Make a self-portrait with magazine cutouts

80.  Make your own Magnet dolls

81. Play a game of good old fashioned Win, Lose, or Draw!

82.  Make Salt Dough– imprint cool objects, your feet, hands, etc.

83.  Glitter tattoo FUN

84.  What could you make with pennies?

85. Make a floor plan of your bedroom….make a couple more with different furniture layouts, find one you like and rearrange your room (with help from an adult)

86. Organize your books- non-fiction, fiction, etc.

87. Engineering & Architecture fun! Make a geodesic dome, bridge, and other fun structures with gumdrops and tooth picks!!

88.  Play some fun paper cup games!

89. I Spy

90. 20 Questions

91. Brain Quest!

92. Learn all about Teeth! Make some cool molars!!

93. Race remote controlled cars/helicopters.

94. Pool noodle games & crafts (pool not required)

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95. Make homemade beads

96. Learn all the Presidents Names/terms 

97. Make Pom Pom Bunnies!! (My daughters loved this one!)

98. Crafts & Activities with Popsicle Sticks

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99. Make Catapults  

100. Make Star Wars Toilet Roll Characters

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101. Make a Bow & Arrows

Please add to the list….what are some of your kiddos favorite boredom busters?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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16 Comments on “101 Kid- Approved Boredom Busters!”

  1. jenbrenan
    June 26, 2015 at 6:12 pm #

    What an amazing list!! I will save these for summer.

  2. June 26, 2015 at 7:30 pm #

    Awesome list! So many good ideas. I’m pinning this post for later use.

  3. June 26, 2015 at 9:03 pm #

    Nice creative post. Gives me an idea to how to keep my little one engaged. 🙂

  4. jayhall896757919
    June 26, 2015 at 9:25 pm #

    Great list! I know right where I will come to when my kids need something to do this summer!

  5. June 27, 2015 at 3:17 am #

    Very creative and lovely list! There will be no boredom in the summer with this list.

    • June 27, 2015 at 3:28 am #

      Thank you JcCee! I hope your kiddos enjoy it as much as mine have! And you enjoy the silence as much as this momma has 😉

  6. June 27, 2015 at 3:32 am #

    What a fun summer list! We love our library’s summer reading program. The kids get all kinds of free stuff around the community for meeting their reading goals. Makes me happy!

    • June 27, 2015 at 3:41 am #

      Amy, aren’t libraries the best!? I know ours also offers fun programs, story time, free music events, help with homework during the school year, etc.. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and appreciation for you library! And thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy day to stop by & share your thoughts…means the world to me! You Rock! 😉

  7. June 27, 2015 at 4:04 am #

    What an amazing list. I am going to pin this awesome list of yours. Thank you for sharing. I know my son would have fun doing a few of those on the list and I love the neighborhood movie night idea that’s really cool.

    • June 27, 2015 at 4:18 am #

      Hi Kim!! That one is my favorite too!! I am trying to get my hands on an outdoor projector…wouldn’t that be so much fun!! Enjoy! And thank you so much for your kind words and visiting, it means the world to me! Cheers!! 😉

  8. June 27, 2015 at 5:21 am #

    This is such a super long and interesting list of great activities! We do many of these ourselves.

    • June 27, 2015 at 2:49 pm #

      My hope is that there will be at least 10 ideas that interest every child. I know mine didn’t agree on all of them….I only kept the ideas that 2 out of 3 kiddos voted for…so hopefully there is a nice variety for both young & old and girls and boy. I am happy to read you do many of these….great minds think alike! Thank you so much for taking the time to peruse the site and sharing your thoughts, it a means a lot to me. Happy Boredom Busting!! 😉

  9. June 29, 2015 at 2:59 pm #

    Great list! I pinned.. I’m sure we’ll need it at some point!

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