100 of The Best Boredom-Busting Activities for Kids

As a parent, “I’m bored” is one of our least favourite expressions that comes out of your child’s mouth. But not to fear because here are 100 of the Best Boredom-Busting Ideas for Activities for Kids (and they won’t dare say it then)!

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When your child says I’m bored, don’t try to solve the problem immediately for them. Kids who experience a lack of programmed activity are given an opportunity to demonstrate creativity, problem solving, and to develop motivational skills, according to Michael Ungar.

But sometimes they need a little push or idea to get their creative juices flowing. So here’s a list of 100 ideas to point to when they say “I’m bored”. Let them choose to help them with their decision making too!

  1. Draw a picture of a desert island with all the things you would want on it.
  2. Draw your dream house and all the things you would want in it.
  3. Blindfold your sibling & take them on a tour of your house & yard, then trade places.
  4. Play a board game.
  5. Create your own board game.
  6. Make a fairy house for the garden at the bottom of a tree or in a big pot.
  7. Make a crown and decorate it.
  8. See if you can draw a picture with your foot.
  9. See if you can write your name on a piece of paper with your opposite writing hand.
  10. Draw some art on the pavement with chalk.
  11. Play hopscotch.
  12. Set up a restaurant and serve pretend meals.
  13. Draw around yourself on a big piece of paper and decorate your paper self.
  14. Skip rope.
  15. Plant some seeds.
  16. Make a slip and slide on the lawn with a tarp and hose.
  17. Paint your nails.
  18. Make a curving line of dominoes and knock the first one so they fall down in a row.
  19. Weed the garden.
  20. Make a puppet with an old socks, buttons & markers.
  21. Make a list of fun things you can do without a grownup.
  22. String beads to make friendship bracelets.
  23. Use pipe cleaners to make people and animals.
  24. Use paper plates to make an indoor ring toss game.
  25. Use a basket and string to make a hoist to bring stuffed animals up your stair well.
  26. String a necklace out of pasta.
  27. Practice keepy-uppy with a soccer ball (how many times can you keep the ball up in the air without it dropping).
  28. Make and fill a bird feeder.
  29. Make playdoh.
  30. Paint sea shells or rocks.
  31. Blow bubbles.
  32. Make a book of jokes.
  33. Build a den with chairs, blankets and pillows.
  34. Write a letter.
  35. Cut out paper dolls and make costumes for them.
  36. Get a magnet and make a list of 10 things in your house that are magnetized.
  37. Get a ruler and measure 5 things, recording their length.
  38. Put on some music and dance.
  39. Make a laser obstacle course in your hall with crepe paper or wool.
  40. Write down ten things you love about each person in your family.
  41. Brush the dog.
  42. Give the dog a bath.
  43. Draw a tree.
  44. Measure a tree.
  45. Make a doll’s house out of a shoebox.
  46. Learn a tongue twister.
  47. Do some cloud watching.
  48. Make a paper airplane and see how far it will fly.
  49. See how many times you can dribble a basketball or how many hoops you can shoot.
  50. Paint a picture.
  51. Run around the yard three times.
  52. Wash the car.
  53. Make a birthday card.
  54. Plan a treasure hunt with clues.
  55. Ride your bike.
  56. Build a fort out boxes.
  57. Start a journal.
  58. Make homemade wrapping paper.
  59. Organise your room.
  60. Find 3 toys you want to give away.
  61. Write a story.
  62. Make puppets out of socks or paper bags.
  63. Cut out pictures from magazines and make a collage.
  64. Create a play with costumes.
  65. Surprise your Mum and Dad by making lunch.
  66. Make lemonade and set up a stall to see it.
  67. Put juice & cut-up fruit into ice cube trays to make juicy cubes.
  68. Create a family magazine.
  69. Make dessert.
  70. Make a zoo for your stuffed animals.
  71. Use masking tape to make a race track for your cars all over your living room.
  72. Play Tag or Freeze Tag.
  73. Start a collection (leaves, rocks, buttons).
  74. Do a secret kindness for someone.
  75. Learn to juggle.
  76. Create a tiny tiny book with a story and drawings.
  77. Make a daisy chain.
  78. Learn a new card game.
  79. Make perfume in the garden from lavender and rosemary mixed with water.
  80. Set up a shop and be the shop keeper.
  81. Write the story of your life.
  82. Hang a piece of string in your room and peg photos to it to make an exhibition.
  83. Create an obstacle course.
  84. Play Simon Says.
  85. Play skittles in the hallway with plastic bottles or paper towel tubes and a ball.
  86. Write a haiku.
  87. Decorate an old teeshirt with cool buttons & fabric pens.
  88. Start a club.
  89. Plant a terrarium.
  90. Decorate a rock and make a house to keep it as a pet.
  91. Use old cardboard tubes and boxes to build a marble run.
  92. Read a book.
  93. Make a snow globe with glycerin and glitter.
  94. Have a water balloon fight (outside!).
  95. Memorise a poem and recite it for your parents.
  96. Make a stop motion video.
  97. Make a smoothie or milkshake.
  98. Look in the sofa cushions for lost coins and toys.
  99. Organise your pens and pencils.
  100. Paint a miniature picture.

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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls