You’ll never hear that complaint of boredom ever again with a bit of creativity and planning. One fun way to quell the question is to create a Boredom Jar. This site has a great list of ideas, but it’s best to adjust the items in your jar to suit your family. Choose things that will interest them and keep them coming back for more rather than turn them away. When kids are bored, they choose an item from the jar. Once they’ve completed the activity or task, they’ve often sparked their imagination enough to move on naturally to another activity!
Another boredom busting strategy involves simply doing a bit of cleaning and rearranging. We’ve all been there: It’s time to purge for a donation pick up or a garage sale, and suddenly every item is your child’s favorite! Long forgotten toys, art supplies and games become part of the landscape of your home, rarely seen and never used until you pull it all out. Sort through and donate items that you’ll never use. Invest in some supplies to organize and create visibility. No one can resist newly organized art supplies, so set up an artist space with easy access to all things creative. Rather than tucking games back in the cabinet, leave a couple out in strategic places. Once they’ve gotten bored with those games, swap them out for some others. Keeping things fresh makes every day feel like there’s something new to do!
A long-term project is another way to keep boredom away and your family members engaged in something meaningful to them. Aspiring writer? They can work on writing a book. Budding artist? Maybe theirs is a comic. Future botanist? Plan next year’s garden. Set each person up for success by helping them get started, creating a timeline, and setting up a loose deadline for their project. Any time they need something to do, they can dive in and work on meeting one of their goals. The end result will be something they’re proud of and will create a great sense of accomplishment.
Of course, it’s fine for kids to be bored sometimes. We’re all so busy — a bit of down time is healthy and necessary! These ideas, though, will help your kids learn to entertain themselves and be happy, whether it be a day off, winter break, or summer vacation!