It is so hard sometimes knowing what to do when the kids are constantly screaming “I’m bored!”. I have this even more now we are homeschooling so I thought I would share a few of our ideas. We have an “I’m bored” jar with these all written on pieces of paper. So when the dreaded time comes Freddie just chooses an idea from the jar.
Free boredom busters for those “I’m bored” moments!
We always have at least butter, eggs and flour in the house, so we tend to make fairy cakes or shortbread.
Make a den
Now what child doesn’t like destroying the house with pillows and blankets! I’m pretty sure its not just Freddie! We generally use clothes pegs to help with keeping it all together, and grab all of his teddies! If he is in the mood (not always!) he will read a story to his teddies with the light from a torch. It is so much fun, and costs nothing!
Easter Egg Hunt
Why should this just be saved for Easter? A couple of years ago we purchased some plastic Easter eggs that can have things added in. So I either fill these with a Haribo or a small toy (one he already had!) and hide them around the house.
Play a Board Game
We have always enjoyed playing board games as a family. So this is one of our favourite boredom busters.
Nerf gun war
We make a target and put it at one side of the living room. The aim of course is just to create havoc (I hate Nerf bullets!) but this is probably Freddie’s favourite boredom busters.
We got our trampoline about 3 years ago, and it was the best money we have spent on a child’s gift. It is brilliant, he loves bouncing around. He has filled it with loads of footballs and rugby balls and he can spend ages just kicking the balls and or dodging them.
This is my least favourite, as I am absolutely rubbish at it, BUT Freddie loves getting his hands dirty on occasion. He is generally a clean freak (like his mum) and normally hates getting dirty, but this is good for a change
Freddie has always enjoyed reading and a walk to the library is a great free thing to do to kill an hour or two.
Have a walk to the park and play on the swings!
Depending on the time of year I tend to have a look at Pinterest to find some great printouts and see how many we can find on our journey.
If the weather is nice (not raining!) going outside drawing on the patio in chalk is great fun, last time we did it he made a giant hopscotch.
Free Days Out
We also have a separate jar if we want to actually go out, check out 6 days out with the kids (super cheap) for some great ideas.
Let me know your favourite boredom busters in the comments below.
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