Use this free printable to create an “I’m bored” jar for your kids so they can pick from 50+ fun ideas to bust their boredom!
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If I had a dollar for every time one of my kids comes up to me and says “I’m bored”, I would be rich. Because I want my kids to be able to learn how to keep themselves entertained in positive ways, I decided to create this “I’m bored” jar with over 50 ideas of ways that they can keep themselves busy and use their imagination. I can easily add to the jar or get rid of the ideas that my kids are no longer interested in and replace them with new ideas. Using popsicle sticks makes this a very cheap project to create and I am going to bet that you probably have a jar lying around as well.
I also had some fun creating a simple jar label so that it looks more fun and appealing. This way you can keep it out on your counter without it looking ugly. I made the label in 3 different colors so you can choose the one you like best!
Here is what you’ll need in order to create your own “I’m bored” jar:
- Pint jar
- Large popsicle sticks
- Black Sharpie
- White cardstock
- “I’m bored” jar printable (see below)
Assembling your new “I’m bored” jar is simple. All you need to do is write out one activity on each popsicle stick with a marker. Place the sticks in the jar. Print out the “I’m bored” jar printable, cut it out, wrap it around the jar and tape it at the back. Then let your kids pick an activity!
How to get the “I’m Bored” Jar Printable
You can download the FREE “I’m Bored” Jar Printable by entering your name and email below. You will then receive the file in a separate email which you can then download onto your computer and print out.
*NOTE* All three color options are in the same file. Before you send your label to print, select the corresponding page number in your print options so you print the color you want.
Here is a list of 50+ activities to put in your jar
Most of these activities can be done year round, although a few of them are more seasonal or holiday specific.
- Exercise Video (such as GoNoodle, Cosmic Kids, Sport Supermovers)
- Build a Puzzle
- Hide and Seek
- Listen to a Podcast (such as Wow in the World, What if World, Noodle Loaf, Big Life Podcast)
- Dress Ups (We love all the fun and durable options from Little Adventures!)
- Card Game
- Act out a Movie or Book
- Perler Beads
- Dance Party (made even more fun with a disco light)
- Make an Obstacle Course
- Extra Chore/Make some Money
- Wikki Stix
- Indoor Campout
- Read a Book
- Photoshoot (using dress ups, stuffed animals, etc)
- Toothpick and Marshmallow Tower
- Balloon Game (blow up a balloon and don’t let it touch the ground)
- Stop Motion Movie
- Activity Book
- Object Hide and Seek
- Play Dough (My kids love this homemade playdough!)
- Board Game
- Indoor Scavenger Hunt
- Write a Letter/Note
- Shrinky Dinks
- Random Act of Kindness
- Ride Bike/Scooter
- Kanoodle Puzzle Brain Game
- Drawing Video
- Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
- Doorbell Ditch with a Treat
- Water Balloons (These self tie water balloons are the best!)
- Squirt Guns
- Indoor Snowball Fight
- Lemonade/Treat Stand
- Picture Scavenger Hunt
- Play with a Friend
- Waterbottle Bowling
- Sidewalk Chalk (My kids love making a giant Chutes and Ladders)
- Practice a Sport (Basketball, Soccer, etc)
- Jump on the Trampoline
- Play in the Sprinklers
- Tea Party
- Finger Knitting
- Tie Dye Coffee Filter Craft
- Make Paper Beads
- Marble Painting
- Bubble Snake
- Glow in the Dark Bath Paint
I always tell my daughter that only boring people get bored… lol. But she tells it every day anyway. This is a great idea, and sounds like fun! Thanks
Haha, that’s funny! The thing I love about this is that it gives kids a jumping off point and gets their imagination going.
This is such a great idea. I love all the activity suggestions. We need to try listening to some of those podcasts you mentioned.
I’m glad you like them! And yes, podcasts are a fun way to keep kids engaged without having to use a screen.
These are such a great ideas! And I think the jar is a fun idea instead of kids coming to parents and expecting us to figure some way to entertain them. I think it’s important for them to be able to figure it out!