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)