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:

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.

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Hi! I’m Shani,

A stay-at-home mom of 4 and wife. I love sharing easy to follow craft tutorials, kid activities, family-friendly recipes, organization, travel and motherhood. I hope you’ll feel uplifted and empowered by each post, regardless of what kind it is. Join me as I raise my little munchkins and share the sunshine in this beautiful, crazy thing called life! Read more...

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  1. 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

    • Shani Ogden Reply

      Haha, that’s funny! The thing I love about this is that it gives kids a jumping off point and gets their imagination going.

    • Shani Ogden Reply

      I’m glad you like them! And yes, podcasts are a fun way to keep kids engaged without having to use a screen.

  2. 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!

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