Learn how to make a DIY Bored Jar to keep kids busy & happy at home. Get tons of ideas with our list of what to do when you’re bored plus a free printable!
Do your keep saying, “I’m bored! We have nothing to do!”? If you want to put a end to that, make a Bored Jar!
To make your own, simply write ideas down on paper and cut them into strips and put them in a jar or can (or use popsicle sticks for a more durable option). You can even dress up the outside of the jar or can to make it fun.
Then when the kids say they are bored, have them close their eyes and simply pull out an idea from the jar! Now they have something to do.
There are 12 different ideas on this printable. We included activities that get the kids moving or thinking, not just watching movies or playing video games.
You can always come up with a few more ideas of your own that would suit your family to add to it. Under this tutorial, you’ll find a list of more things to do when bored!
DIY Bored Jar with Printable
What to Do When You’re Bored
There are so many things to draw when bored! Step outside and draw nature. If it’s too hot, pick a pretty picture and see if you can copy it or attempt a self portrait.
2. Play a Game
Board games are a great option when you’re bored. There are so many options to choose from and everyone can get involved. Some of our favorite games to play are Monopoly and Scrabble.
3. Watch a Movie
We have instant access to watch whatever we want these days. If you’re okay with a little extra screen time for your kids, try these Kids Sing Along Shows & Movies, a great Documentary or take a blast to the past with an 80s movie.
4. Make a Craft
Encourage your kids to keep their creative juices flowing by getting crafty. These Suncatcher Wind Chimes will keep them busy and encourage them to get outdoors for a bit. They can also make a DIY fan to cool down.
5. Grow Something
Kids can learn a lot by growing a plant. You can plant a family garden and have them help with it. When they’re bored, they can pick a chore from your garden or start another gardening project like these Toyrariums.
To expand on #1, draw something… you can also have them use or Kids Gardening Journal to draw pictures of plants from the garden.
6. Try a Science Experiment
One great way to get kids interested in science is with fun science experiments. Be sure you have the ingredients on hand in case they draw this one from the jar.
7. Make a Sensory Material
Slime is a prime example of a sensory material that kids love playing with. Making it and playing with it can keep them busy for hours.
8. Bake Something
Cooking and baking are essential skills for kids to learn, but it can be a lot of fun too! If they’re new to baking start with something easy like Peanut Butter Cookies or Peanut Butter Energy Bites for a no bake option.
9. Clean Something!
I never want all of the things in the bored jar to be fun because I don’t want to encourage my kids to complain more about being bored! So I always include chores like cleaning the bathroom, picking up their bedroom or vacuuming the house. Check out my cleaning schedule for some ideas.
10. Blow Bubbles
Blowing bubbles in the backyard is one of my favorite childhood memories. My kids loves bubbles too, so we usually make homemade bubbles since we go through so many.
11. Ride a Bike
Always include some options to get the kids active like riding a bike, scooter or skateboard or going for a walk. It can even be simple things like climbing a tree!
12. Call Grandma
If your kids are bored, encourage them to call Grandma to say hi. I’m sure it would make her day. You can also include friends, aunts, uncles, etc.
13. Research Something
If your kids draw this piece of paper from the jar, they’ll need to research a topic and either write a report or present an oral report to you. It can be on anything of your choosing, but we have some great ideas in our article on Netflix for Homeschoolers.
There are so many things to do when bored other than complaining about it. By having a Bored Jar in your house, your family can avoid the dreaded boredom rut with your kids.