They’ll Never Say I’m Bored Again

Has the B word been uttered in your house lately?

B-O-R-E-D. As in, “Mooooooooooom, I’m booooooooorrreeddddddddd.”

It’s usually accompanied with an eye roll and a dramatic fall on the floor. Or a plea for screen time. Which, yes, I cave to sometimes, but honestly, there is so much to do in life … boredom should never be a concern!

With my big kids in mind (an almost 9 year old girl and an almost 7 year old boy) I’ve been compiling a list of ideas to cure their boredom. Many of these ideas they can do with their younger siblings too.

I’m pretty sure they’ll never say, “I’m bored!” again! I know I wouldn’t be!

  • Draw your favorite book character
  • Color code a bookshelf
  • Wash the sliding glass door
  • FaceTime a friend (with permission from both parents, of course)
  • Search Pinterest for a craft to do
  • Post it note mom’s cookbooks for dinner, side dish, and dessert ideas
  • Help a younger sibling finish a puzzle that is technically too hard for them
  • Lay down and listen to music
  • Find something outside to look at under the microscope
  • Weed a flower bed
  • Sweep the garage floor
  • Run around the outside of the house
  • Put library books on hold through the library website
  • Make homemade play dough
  • Ask a neighbor if they need help with anything
  • Vacuum the car
  • Memorize a poem
  • Write a play with parts for each sibling and perform it after dinner
  • Write a story and illustrate it
  • Dust the baseboards
  • Do a math practice page
  • Or a math game
  • Bake cookies for a parent’s coworker or a neighbor
  • Attach a homemade card to the cookies
  • Organize your closet – pick out things that don’t fit or that you don’t love
  • Find leaves outside for a leaf rubbing
  • Follow a watercolor tutorial (our favorites are from Let’s Make Art)
  • Read aloud to a sibling
  • Plan your next summer adventure – include an itinerary and budget
  • Create a collage from old magazines
  • Set up the sprinkler for outside water fun
  • Turn on music for a dance party
  • Start your Christmas list
  • Build a tower with toothpicks and marshmallows
  • Create an ABC list … ABC animals, ABC of things you love, ABC of favorite foods
  • Go on a walk
  • Sort everything under your bed
  • Pick a bouquet
  • Read a book in a dark room with a flashlight
  • Set goals for the summer, next school year, in 5 years, etc.
  • Write a letter to an older relative
  • Take a bubble bath
  • Create a fairy village
  • Play a board game
  • Teach a younger sibling how to do something new – skip, tie their shoes, do a fancy hairstyle, jump rope, count to ten in a different language
  • Declutter a room
  • Fold laundry … or match socks
  • Plan a family outing
  • Watch a movie from your parent’s childhood
  • Spend ten minutes being quiet and observing with your five senses
  • Make greeting cards
  • Find something to sell
  • Find something to give away
  • Change your bed sheets
  • Write an animal report (my kids love this free one)
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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (www.thatmamagretchen.com).

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