Your kids are going to love these boredom busters! Grab some fun and easy activities for children of all ages. The entire family will want to pitch in and have a great time.
Hello there. If you’ve reached this article, then my guess is you have recently heard or are about to hear those dreaded words you never want to hear escape your children’s lips: “I’m bored.”
I’ll be honest, as a child I was probably more guilty of this than anyone. Even as an adult, with the ability to pretty much do whatever I want, I get bored on occasion. I’ve heard all the quotes about it too . . . quotes like “only boring people get bored.” I’m definitely going to have to have to disagree with that. Sometimes extremely interesting people get bored too (ha!).
But let’s get back to the kids. It’s inevitable that there is going to be a time – whether during summer, winter break, etc. – that you’re going to need some boredom busters for the littles. And that’s my specialty, friends!
I’ve got a collection of fun activities that kids can do from home, with options for getting them outdoors as well. My favorite things about these boredom busters:
All of the projects are easy and great for kids of all ages, from toddlers to tweens
Lots of recycled materials are used – can you say “inexpensive” three times fast?
Most of these activities can be done inside and out
You’ll find a lot of supplies for these crafts in your stash or pantry (especially the science experiments!)
The family can pitch in and make a lot of these projects together; can you say “family bonding?”
Next time you hear “I’m bored,” I hope you’ll check out these list of over 50 boredom busters. These are tried and true ideas, and I know your kids are going to love them. Leave me a comment and let me know which ones you attempt! But before that, scroll down and get the projects. Enjoy!
If you're looking for kids activities, check out this collection of boredom busters. You'll love these fun things to do at home, perfect for when they're saying "I'm bored!" Get great ideas for kids of all ages.
Rock painting is one of my favorite boredom busters! You can to spend time collecting the rocks, washing, decorating, and then spreading out again for people to find. Grab some painting inspiration here with tips.
These felt animal bookmarks take minutes to make and are so fun for kids! You can make 9 different animals with the free pattern (glue or sew). Horse, chicken, pig, hippo, giraffe, narwhal, dog, chipmunk, or a goat. Which one will you make first?
Raised salt painting is an all-time favorite kids art activity that is loved by all ages from toddlers on up. Glue, salt, and watercolors are all you need for this simple boredom buster, also known as salty watercolors.
Learn how to make colorful crystallized beach rocks with Borax and liquid watercolors! This science activity puts a spin on the classic Borax and pipe cleaner experiment and is a perfect boredom buster.
Fizzy dough is one of my favorite summer boredom busters! It feels cold to the touch so it is perfect for mimicking snow and it fizzes when it comes into contact with vinegar! Kids of all ages will love making, playing with, and “melting” this dough.
These mini compositions are one of my favorite boredom busters because, not only are they mess free, they offer endless options for art exploration and kids can do variations on this for-ev-er. So many hours of play!
Whether it's Christmas or not, you can make initial ornaments out of salt dough any time of year! This post has the recipe using ingredients already in your kitchen. Paint them any colors you like depending on the time of year.
This is quite possibly the EASIEST silly putty recipe ever! And you probably have all of the ingredients in your kitchen already. Kids will love making this in the color of their choice when they get bored.
Tissue paper, a styrofoam ball, and a bit of glue is all you need to make a darling little globe craft. A fun craft for Earth Day or a solar system unit! Hang with a small hook and string from the ceiling for a fun way to display.