Activities for your kids when they are bored

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This is the number one phrase that drives a mom crazy… “I’m bored, mom!” My teenager use to say it all the time. He doesn’t anymore since I started giving him no so fun things to do so he wouldn’t be bored. HA! Right now, it’s my 5-year old that says it. She’s got a sister and a room full of stuff to play with and she tells me she’s bored. My idea to solve bordem is make them clean but then we all  know they’d be complaining about that. So here is a list of kid friendly things to keep your young ones from driving you crazy with that phrase. 

Arts & Crafts

Arts & Crafts

What my husband and I did was cleared out one of our lower kitchen cupboards and turned it into the craft cupboard. We have everything from coloring books to glitter in that cupboard and our girls love it. Keeps them entertained for hours. If  you’d like to create something like this, here’s what we have in ours: 

  • Coloring books & crayons
  • Markers
  • Glue sticks
  • Notebooks
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Stickers
  • Foam shapes
  • Googly stick on eyeballs
  • Construction paper
  • Pencils
  • Kid friendly scissors
  • Glitter glue
  • Color by number books
  • Puzzles

Forts

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The other day, my husband build a blanket fort in the living room for the kids and they spent like 2 hours in that thing. Literally just laying there. We filled it full of pillows, books and their stuffed animals and they just had a blast. Here’s what you need to make a successful blanket fort:

  • Blankets of course
  • Furniture such as couch and/or chairs
  • Pillows
  • Books/coloring books
  • Toys

Learning activities

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My 5-year old is all into homework and learning right now. She loves learning to read and write words especially. I have partnered with education.com  to provide you guys with some awesome learning activity worksheets. Here is a message from Courtney at Education.com:

Little ones are always on the move, so they will love tracing these transportation words. Moms will love the practice kids get with letter formation and word recognition. For even more fun educational resources, visit education.com.

Here is a list of what education.com offers:

  • Maze
  • Word search
  • Word search with images
  • Crossword puzzle
  • Word scramble
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Division
  • Multiplication
  • Spelling Test
  • Matching words to images
  • Word Tracer

Right now, I am featuring their word tracer worksheet. My 5 year old loves things like this, especially since she’s learning to read and write. This has been a big help to her and it’s such an awesome feeling to see how proud of herself she is for writing words! You can download their worksheet below or go to their website and look at all their worksheets they have for grades pre-k to 5th grade! Click the link below to download this word tracer worksheet!

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Movie & Snacks

We like to all watch movies in the living room. On the floor with pillows surrounding us, eating snacks. The girls love to do this and so does my teenager really. Good way to keep them all occupied. Another genius way to keep them entertained would be to put them in a box. Don’t know why, but kids love boxes. A good snack would be fruit pieces. My kids love fruit. Below I have listed everything that would be good to use during movie time:

  • Pillows
  • kid tray full of fruit
  • blankets
  • Boxes
  • Juice boxes

Cat Toys

As funny as this sounds, give them cat toys when they say they’re bored. They’ll either play with it (Like my daughter does) or play with the cat with it if you have one. If not, then the toy should entertain them because you know that things that aren’t theirs seem to entertain them more than the stuff that is theirs. My three-year old will play with our cat for hours with a cat toy. The funny part is, our cats will following her for hours.

Outside

Outdoor fun!

Let them play outside (Not when it’s freezing of course). Get a swing set or a jungle gym for them to play on. My daughter would sleep outside if I let her. She has a playhouse, a jungle gym and a swing. She lives all of them, but would play in the dirt over anything. Even if we had absolutely nothing in our backyard, she would still rather be outside.  She is actually okay with the idea of her sleeping in her playhouse.  She won’t sleep in her room, but she’ll sleep outside. Go figure. 

 

There are a ton of other things your kids can do, these are just my personal favorites!

Hope you all enjoyed, and please check out Education.com.

XOXO

Jessie

30 thoughts on “Activities for your kids when they are bored

  1. Growing up we always played boogle when bored. It was one of my favorite activities and I didn’t realize until years later it was a type of learning game. Forts are definitely my favorite activity to do with my nephews.

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    1. I use to play that game with my grandma when I was younger. That and UNO and Mexican train. Whenever I said I was bored, I either had to clean or play one of those games. I still love building forts too.

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  2. Brilliant!! I’m going to need this soon, haha. I can still remember as a kid making fort tents – legit one of my favorite things.

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    1. There comes a time where they don’t want to do anything I suggest, and that’s when I leave then to be bored. Whenever I told my mom I was bored when I was young, she’d make me clean. Lol

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  3. Thanks for the ideas! I don’t have kids per say but I am a teacher who loves new ideas! These will help me to inspire a creativity diverse classroom! ❤

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  4. This is so perfect as our spring break starts this week. I print out a lot of fun worksheets from Pinterest and coloring sheets when they’re looking for things to do. My girls also love printing out masquerade mask templates and decorating them with art supplies. Love these ideas you shared – we will definitely be pushing for some outdoor time this week! 🙂

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    1. Education.com has some awesome worksheets for all ages that your kids would love! I love the masquerade masks idea!! I think I will print some out for my girls, they would love them!! I’ve wanted to let my girls outside but the weather has been so crazy here that I don’t even know what to expect. One week it’s snowing and 39 degrees, the next week it’s sunny and 78 degrees and the day after that is raining and cold and today it’s windy. lol

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  5. This is perfect as we are heading into Spring Break! My older son loves to do arts and crafts, and my younger one has been really into board games a lot lately. My oldest is also learning to read, so we do a lot of reading at our house!

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    1. Oh then you would love education.com. They have so many worksheets for all ages. My family is a big board game family as well. Not so much for my girls because they’re only 5 and 3, so they either don’t have the patience or won’t understand how to play the game. The games they are coming out with now for their age group are weird…. I won’t buy them. Arts and crafts are a BIG thing in our house. We have a whole craft cupboard for them with all kinds of cool stuff to create colorful and messy things. lol

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    1. Arts and crafts are definitely the go to in my house when my girls are bored. I also make them clean it up, especially because I’m not fond of getting stickers off my table. The fort however is a little harder for them to clean up as they have a hard time folding blankets. lol

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    1. I still love building forts. lol My daughter can occupy herself, but only for a short amount of time. Crafts will keep my kids occupied for hours. That’s our go to.

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