111 Creative Boredom Busting Activities For Kids Of All Ages! | Seeme & Liz (2022)

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111Screen Free Activities For Toddlers, Preschoolers & School Aged Kids 1.GET CREATIVE WITH CARDBOARD 2. SET UP A RESTAURANT 3. MAKE PLAYDOUGH 4. PLAY WITH PLAYDOUGH 5.MAKE A TIN CAN PHONE 6. SCAVENGER HUNT 7.TIN/PLASTIC CAN STILTS 8. PRETEND CIRCUS 9. PLAY HIDE AND SEEK 10.PLAY REVERSE HIDE AND SEEK 11. GO BOWLING 12. BLOW BUBBLES 13. PLAY IN THE RAIN 14. GO FOR A NATURE WALK 15. MAKE A NATURE CRAFT 16. GO FOR A BIKE RIDE 17. READ A BOOK 18. MAKE YOUR OWN BOOK 19. PLAY A BOARD GAME 20. GO SWIMMING 21. MAKE A TREASURE MAP 22. PLAY WITH BLOCKS 23. WATER PLAY 24. PAINT ROCKS 25. BUILD A FORT 26. LEARN TO CODE 27. PLAY DRESS UP 28. PUT ON A PLAY 29. PUT ON A RECITAL 30. TURN YOUR DINING ROOM INTO AN AIRPLANE OR TRAIN 31. MAKE A LIST 32. PLAY GROCERY STORE 33. MAKE A MENTOS ROCKET CAR 34. BAKE COOKIES 35. PLAY IN THE KITCHEN 36. HAVE A PICNIC 37. BUILD A ROAD 38. HAVE A PUPPET SHOW 39. GO TO THE LIBRARY 40. PUZZLES 41. PAPER MACHE 42. VISIT A PET STORE 43. FINGER PAINT 44. MAKE SHADOW ANIMALS 45. PLAY HOPSCOTCH 46. MAKE A SCRAPBOOK 47. INVENT A SECRET CODE/LANGUAGE 48. PLAY SIMPLE GAMES 49. PLAY BASKETBALL 50. MAKE YOUR OWN FRISBEE 51. BE A SCIENTIST 52. DIG FOR DINOSAURS 53. MAKE A BUG HOUSE 54. WRITE A LETTER 55. TIE DYE A T-SHIRT 56. MAKE SOCK PUPPETS 57. PLAY BALLOON VOLLEYBALL 58. MAKE JEWELRY 59. SET UP A POST OFFICE 60. PRETEND TO BE A SPY 61. PLAY GO FISH 62. PLAY TWISTER 63. HAVE A CAMP OUT 64. MAKE AN OBSTACLE COURSE 65. MAKE YOUR OWN WORD SEARCH 66. PLAY RHYMING GAMES 67. HAVE A PARADE 68. ADD-A-WORD GAME 69. HAVE A TEA PARTY 70. LEARN TO HULA HOOP 71. PAPER AIRPLANE RACES 72. MAKE A PIZZA 73. MAKE A PILLOW CASE DRESS/SUPER HERO CAPE 74. GO TO THE PARK 75. LEARN SOME SIGN LANGUAGE 76. PLANT FLOWERS 77. WRITE A POEM 78. PRACTICE GYMNASTICS 79. BE A TEACHER 80. MAKE A KALEIDOSCOPE 81. HAVE A SKIPPING CONTEST 82. START A STAMP COLLECTION 83. MAKE STAINED GLASS 84. MAKE CARDS 85. MAKE SOMETHING OUT OF CLAY 86. CLOUD GAZE 87. BUILD A TIME CAPSULE 88. START A ROCK COLLECTION 89. MAKE A BIRD FEEDER 90. HAVE A PRETEND BIRTHDAY PARTY 91. HAVE A STARING CONTEST 92. BUILD A SNOWMAN OR SNOW FORT 93. MAKE FINGER PUPPETS 94. MAKE GOOP 95. SET UP A MINI GOLF COURSE 96. MAKE A RECYCLED WIND CHIME 97. MAKE A SENSORY BIN 98. MAKE A SNOW GLOBE 99. INVENT A CRAZY MEAL 100. DO A GOOD DEED 101. PAPER BAG PUPPETS 102. WATER BALLOON FIGHT 103. SURVEYS 104. MAKE PAINT SWIRL ORNAMENTS 105. OUTDOOR BUBBLE BATH 106. PLAY CHARADES 107. SIDEWALK CHALK 108. PLAY HOSPITAL/DOCTOR 109. PLAY HOUSE 110. MAKE YOUR OWN WRAPPING PAPER 111. MAKE A PICTURE FRAME FAQs Videos

Boredom leads to creativity, so don’t feel like you always have to entertain your child or have them involved in structured activities.

In fact, be sure to refrain from always “planning” activities for your kids! Let them be bored and come up with their own ideas.

But, that being said, there are times when hearing “I’m so bored” over and over again can get irritating.

So, break out this list and give your child some suggestions.

My children love playing with cardboard when they are bored.

When they were younger, they created some pretty cool things such as a Skylanders Teleporter, a moving office, a marble run, Sponge Bob’s house, a Zhu Zhu pets village, and many more!

Now at 11 and 13 they are really into drawing, painting and science experiments.

There are so many things children can do (that don’t cost an arm and a leg – in fact, most of these ideas won’t cost you anything other than some time and imagination) that do not involve a TV, iPad or structured activity (e.g. gymnastics class, dance class, sports, etc) when they are bored.

I have come up with111 fairly simple ideas that we use in our house as well as somesuggestions I have received from other parents.

Some of these activities will require your involvement.

Depending on the age of your child, you may be able to simply give them the idea and then let them decide what exactly they want to do.

111Screen Free Activities For Toddlers, Preschoolers & School Aged Kids

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1.GET CREATIVE WITH CARDBOARD

This shouldn’t come as a surprise, based on what I mentioned above.

2. SET UP A RESTAURANT

Here is another favorite at my house. My kids love cooking the food at their pretend play kitchen and then serving it to each other or any adult willing to play the customer. If your child is already printing, have him write out a menu!

3. MAKE PLAYDOUGH

Use this easy homemade playdough recipe together with your child.

4. PLAY WITH PLAYDOUGH

Now that you have made your playdough, get out some plastic cutlery, plates, rolling pin, cookie cutters, etc and start playing with the playdough.

If making your own playdough isn’t your thing, don’t worry, there is a lot of playdough you can order online and have delivered right to your door!

5.MAKE A TIN CAN PHONE

I used to love this type of toy phone as a child. It’s a craft and toy in one!

6. SCAVENGER HUNT

You can make this as easy or challenging as you want.

If your child is young, start simple.

Give obvious clues such as “I think something is hiding behind the couch”. A scavenger hunt is great for working on following directions!

Older children can come up with their own, more complex scavenger hunts.

Or you can come up with one and have them try to find all of the clues.

7.TIN/PLASTIC CAN STILTS

Another childhood favorite of mine! The simplest way to make these is with large empty tin coffee cans. They are a great size for little feet. Alternatively, you could use small plastic pails.

Turn the cans/pails over and make 2 small holes in the bottom of each can (one on either edge).

Thread string (the heavier the better) through the wholes and tie together at the top.

Cut the string long enough so that it reaches the child’s hands.

Place one can under each foot and let them hold the string from each can as they walk.

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8. PRETEND CIRCUS

Use the tin can stilts you just made as one of the circus acts. Gather all of the stuffed animals you have so they can perform in the circus. Set up a tent to collect tickets. Let your imagination run wild. See what you and your child can add to your circus.

A tightrope (tape on the floor) perhaps?

9. PLAY HIDE AND SEEK

This works best if there are multiple children/adults. However, my daughter did like playing hide and seek with me when she was between 2 and 3 and it was only her and I playing most of the time. She loved it, even though she hid in the same spot every time.

You can take this as a learning opportunity and explain to your child that they need to find different places to hide and that you can remember where they were the last time. But if your child is young (under 3) she probably won’t get it. But they still love this game!

10.PLAY REVERSE HIDE AND SEEK

This is also known as Sardines. Instead of everyone hiding and one person looking, everyone looks and one person hides. But, when someone finds the person hiding, they don’t call them out, rather, they hide with that person and everyone else keeps looking.

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11. GO BOWLING

You don’t need to go to the bowling alley for this (although for older children it would probably be more fun that way). You can set up stuffed animals to knock down with a ball if you don’t have any play bowling pins, or collect empty water bottles to use as pins.

If your child has a language delay, find some simple images of common words to print out (E.g. key, flower, cup, shoe, chair, bed, hat, dog, cat, etc) and tape them under the bowling pin (or whatever you’re are knocking down).

Each time a pin is knocked down, turn it over to see what the picture is.

12. BLOW BUBBLES

Bubbles are great for encouraging early language skills. But older children still find them fun.

An older child can blow bubbles for a younger child. If you would rather not blow bubbles, there are many battery operated bubble blowers available as well.

13. PLAY IN THE RAIN

My children used to think I was the greatest mother on earth when I tell them that they can play in the rain.

Let them get dirty, the clothes can be washed. Send them out with some beach toys and rain gear.

14. GO FOR A NATURE WALK

Grab a bucket, a net and a bag and go exploring. Collect things like leaves and pine cones. Try to catch a frog or insect. Talk about what you see.

15. MAKE A NATURE CRAFT

After you get back from your walk, make a craft with the items you have collected. Try putting some leaves between sheets of paper so they can dry.

16. GO FOR A BIKE RIDE

This is pretty self explanatory. Get on your bikes, or walk, and explore the neighborhood!

17. READ A BOOK

Do this several times a day, especially with younger children who are not in school or reading on their own.

18. MAKE YOUR OWN BOOK

When my daughter was a baby, I made her a book with pictures I took of some of her favorite toys and other items around her. I printed out the pictures and put them in a cheap photo album that allowed for one picture per page. I then printed out labels with the name for each item in the picture.

We would “read” this book together. It was one of her favorite books. She carried it around with her everywhere.

Once she was around 8 years old she started writing her own short stories.

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19. PLAY A BOARD GAME

If you aren’t sure what board games to start with, check out theTop 6 Best Family Game Night Games!

20. GO SWIMMING

Head out to the community pool (or your backyard if you are lucky and have one there) for an afternoon/evening family swim.

Or if the weather is nice set up a kids pool where the kids can splash around. Throw in some bath toys, cups and spoons to make it more fun.

21. MAKE A TREASURE MAP

Make a map for your child giving clues for where a special surprise can be found. This goes well with the scavenger hunt! If your child is older, have them make a treasure map for you and see if you can find the treasure that has hidden.

22. PLAY WITH BLOCKS

Blocks such as Lego or Mega Blocks can entertain a child for hours. If your children are older, having building competitions. Or work as a team to build an entire city. My children made their own Nintendo DS’s out of Lego (because I wouldn’t buy them one).

23. WATER PLAY

I know some parents will cringe at this, especially in the house but I can guarantee your children will love it. When it was just my daughter (before my son was old enough to want to join in on everything) I would fill the sink with a bit of water and let her play while standing in the Learning Tower. She would pretend to wash the dishes – I filled the sink with plastic dishes.

Once my son wanted to be involved I put a large, shallow plastic bin on the tile floor and filled it with some water. The kids put their bath toys in or used their pretend fishing set and would play for an hour or 2 at a time. Yes, there was always water on the floor, but since it was tile, I could easily mop it up.

You can also put a plastic table cloth and towels under the bin to protect your floor if you don’t have tiles.

24. PAINT ROCKS

Make paper weights or pets by painting rocks that you may have found on your nature walk. Add googly eyes to make the rocks even better!

25. BUILD A FORT

Pull up the couch cushions, put together some chairs and cover everything with sheets!

Or get a prefab fort set such as Crazy Forts and come up with some cool configurations. You could even make a spaceship and check out the moon!

26. LEARN TO CODE

This is more for older children and it’s not technically screen free.

I always recommend younger children, especially under the age of 5learn better through playing with traditional toys. Learning how to code is a great way to use other areas of the brain!

Check out An Hour Of Code for a fun free online program great for kids and adults (who don’t know the first thing about coding, like me – although I have surprisingly been able to learn some while working on this site. My husband is a software developer so maybe the kids will take after him).

27. PLAY DRESS UP

Kids can be entertained for hours when they dress up and pretend to be pirates, princesses, firefighters, doctors, vets, etc.

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28. PUT ON A PLAY

Encourage your older children to work together to come up with a play with their dress up clothes. But then be ready to watch them preform the play. You can’t say no!

29. PUT ON A RECITAL

My kids love doing this with their friends. They will even make tickets to give to the adults so that we can come and sit and watch the recital.

30. TURN YOUR DINING ROOM INTO AN AIRPLANE OR TRAIN

Here is another game my children loved. Gather all of the chairs and line them up in the hallway. They make sure no seat on the plane/train is empty by letting each of their stuffed animals have a seat. Make tickets and passports and talk about where you are off to. To keep the activity going, pack a small bag with items that might be needed for the trip.

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31. MAKE A LIST

This can be a real list or a pretend one. Make a grocery list, a to do list, a Christmas list, a “toys to donate to charity” list, etc. This is a great way to get children to practice their hand writing skills while making it seem fun.

32. PLAY GROCERY STORE

Gather real or pretend items and place them around a room. Make a list and decide what needs to be purchased. Then go around and find those items. Use a calculator or toy cash register to check out and pay for your items.

33. MAKE A MENTOS ROCKET CAR

If the rocket car seems a bit too much, give the mentos rocket a try. All you need is a 2 liter bottle of coke (some say diet is better than regular) and a few mentos. Drop the mentos in and watch it explode.

34. BAKE COOKIES

There are many simple recipes that you can do with your child. I find it easiest when I get all the ingredients ready and measured (especially with younger children) before getting started with my child.

35. PLAY IN THE KITCHEN

The kitchen is one of the most social rooms of a house.

There are many opportunities for language development and learning in a kitchen as well.

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36. HAVE A PICNIC

This can be done indoors or outside! Talk about what you will need for your picnic and gather everything up.

37. BUILD A ROAD

My son loved doing this when he was between 2 and 3. We would cut out black pieces of construction paper (any color is fine) into “roads” and tape them together to make various road systems. Then take some small cars and drive them around.

You can also do this with sidewalk chalk outside. Build a big road to drive your ride on vehicles on!

38. HAVE A PUPPET SHOW

You can make sock puppets or use stuffed animals. If you have a large cardboard box or piece of cardboard/bristol board, use this as the theater.

39. GO TO THE LIBRARY

You don’t always have to buy new books when your child gets bored with the ones you have at home. You can spend as little or as long as you would like at the library. Most libraries have “story time” and other programs geared to children under the age of 3. Make sure you take advantage of these free programs.

40. PUZZLES

Puzzles are great for children of all ages. Start with insert puzzles and move up to jigsaw puzzles as your child gets older. There are so many skills your child can learn by playing with puzzles!

41. PAPER MACHE

Make your own paper mache head with a balloon or create a pinjata!

42. VISIT A PET STORE

You don’t have to spend money on zoo passes, especially when your child is young and you don’t plan on spending the entire day there. Walk around the pet store and look at all of the different animals. Talk about each animal you see (e.g. what is the animal called, what sound does it make, what does it like to eat, what color is it, etc.)

43. FINGER PAINT

Finger painting is fun for children of all ages, from babies to school aged children! If you are want to try finger painting with a child under 2, try using pureed foods in a variety of colors. That way if your little one decides to lick his hands, he won’t be eating paint!

44. MAKE SHADOW ANIMALS

Use a flashlight to make animals and designs with your fingers.

45. PLAY HOPSCOTCH

This can be done outdoors with chalk outside or indoors on a carpeted area with masking tape.

46. MAKE A SCRAPBOOK

Collect some old pictures and glue them onto sheets of paper. Decorate the paper with glitter, pompoms, stickers, etc. Staple all of the pieces of paper together to make a book.

47. INVENT A SECRET CODE/LANGUAGE

This is another favorite for my kids. They have made up their own language but I am pretty sure they just make it up as they go and it changes every time they use it.

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48. PLAY SIMPLE GAMES

Some ideas include “What time is it Mr. Wolf?”, “Red Light Green Light”, “Red Rover”, “Simon Says”, etc.

49. PLAY BASKETBALL

Use a soft ball and small net or even a bucket/bin and this activity can be done inside.

50. MAKE YOUR OWN FRISBEE

Decorate a plastic lid with paint, markers and stickers. If you already made stilts (number 7), save the lids from the coffee cans to make a Frisbee.

51. BE A SCIENTIST

Young children will be thrilled to see what happens when you mix baking soda and vinegar. You can also purchase science kits for older children.

52. DIG FOR DINOSAURS

Let your inner archaeologist out! Set up your own dig ina bin filled with sand (or an outdoor sandbox) and hide small dinosaur toys in the sand. Or check out some dinosaur kits such as Back In Time With Dinosaurs (a Magic School Bus Science Kit).

53. MAKE A BUG HOUSE

Use an old jar or container. Decorate it and poke holes in the lid. Then find some bugs to catch!

54. WRITE A LETTER

Letter mail is becoming a thing of the past, so surprise a relative or friend with a letter or picture in the mail.

55. TIE DYE A T-SHIRT

Or get some fabric markers and color a picture onto an old shirt.

56. MAKE SOCK PUPPETS

Find some old socks and use buttons and glue for the eyes, or just color them on with marker or fabric paint. The puppets can then be used in the puppet show (number 38).

57. PLAY BALLOON VOLLEYBALL

You can fill the balloon with a bit of water to make it heavier. It shouldn’t pop with only a bit of water. But if it does (and you are playing this indoors), remember, it is just water and it will dry.

58. MAKE JEWELRY

Use macaroni and string with younger children. Spray paint the macaroni first if you want it to be colorful. You can also use beads of any kind. My daughter had a few “jewelry making kits” that she loved.

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59. SET UP A POST OFFICE

This is for pretend letters. Use stickers as stamps that can be purchased at your post office. Pack toys into small boxes to be shipped.

60. PRETEND TO BE A SPY

Give your child an old camera and let them take “secret” pictures. Pretend a pair of sunglasses are spy glasses. Use the tin can phone (number 5) as a spy walkie talkie.

61. PLAY GO FISH

This is a simple game that can be played with a variety of different cards. You can even makeyour own. Find some pictures online and print out 4 copies of each. Glue them onto index cards and make your own game.

62. PLAY TWISTER

This is another game you can make yourself. Cut circles out of various colors of paper (heavy weight paper is better so it won’t rip) and tape them to the floor. Make small cards with pictures of colors and body parts (hands, feet, head, nose, finger, knee) and put them into a bag.

Pull out a body part picture and color picture and then tell your child what they need to do (e.g. put your nose on the red circle). You can make different shapes to make the game more difficult. Or use numbers instead of shapes.

63. HAVE A CAMP OUT

You can do this in your backyard or indoors!

64. MAKE AN OBSTACLE COURSE

Use your imagination. This can be done indoors or outdoors.

65. MAKE YOUR OWN WORD SEARCH

This is great for older kids. Have them come up with a list of words and then show them how to draw a big chart (large enough to fit the longest word). Fill in all of the words and then add random letters to hide the words.

Give the word search to a sibling or another family member to complete.

66. PLAY RHYMING GAMES

Shout out a word and see who can come up with as many words that rhyme as possible. Get silly and make up your own words.

67. HAVE A PARADE

Use toy instruments or find items around the house that can be used as instruments (pots, pans and wooden spoons come to mind). Dress up clothes would work well for the parade. I would probably save this activity for a day when you have had a good nights sleep and don’t have a headache!

68. ADD-A-WORD GAME

Make your own funny story. One person says a word and then the next person adds a word. Keep going to make a funny story. This is great for long car rides!

69. HAVE A TEA PARTY

This is similar to a picnic but probably appeals more to girls. Although there is no reason why boys can’t play tea party.

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70. LEARN TO HULA HOOP

Once you have the hang of it, have a contest. See who can hula hoop for the longest.

71. PAPER AIRPLANE RACES

Make paper airplanes and see whose will fly the farthest. Decorate your plane with stickers, glitter and marker.

72. MAKE A PIZZA

You can use pita bread to for a quick and easy pizza crust. They make great personal size pizzas. Add whatever toppings you like best. Talk to your kids about kitchen safety!

73. MAKE A PILLOW CASE DRESS/SUPER HERO CAPE

Find an old pillow case and cut a whole at the top for your child’s head to come through. Let your child decorate the dress/cape. Use string/wool to make a belt.

74. GO TO THE PARK

Explore the neighborhood park. It is great to learn new words and get some exercise. Older kids can play games like “hide and seek” at the park.

75. LEARN SOME SIGN LANGUAGE

This can be fun for older kids. It can be a secret language as well!

76. PLANT FLOWERS

Let your child help you plant flowers outside. Or find a small flower pot and plant a flower to keep in the house. Talk to your child what a plant needs to grow and thrive.

77. WRITE A POEM

This is a great way to practice rhyming words and printing. Mail the poem to a friend or relative!

78. PRACTICE GYMNASTICS

Set out some blankets and pillows and come up with a gymnastics routine. Somersaults and jumping jacks count too!

79. BE A TEACHER

Gather friends, stuffed animals, siblings and pretend you are a teacher. Give the class an activity to do and help those who can’t do it on their own. Remember to take attendance!

80. MAKE A KALEIDOSCOPE

A kaleidoscopes can entertain a young child for quite some time. Make it even more fun by creating your own!

81. HAVE A SKIPPING CONTEST

See who can skip the most times before tripping on the rope. Do it frontwards and backwards for more of a challenge!

82. START A STAMP COLLECTION

This is an oldie but it’s a good one. Kids love collections. Why not collect stamps? They are getting more and more rare each day.

Stamp collecting is a great way to teach patience as it takes a while to soak the stamp off of the paper and you have to wait for the mail each day to see if there is a new stamp.

83. MAKE STAINED GLASS

You can do this quite easily with some popsicle sticks as the frame. Mix a few drops ofglue with paint or food coloring and “paint” it on to some plastic wrap. Cover that with another piece of plastic wrap and then attach the popsicle sticks to make a frame.

84. MAKE CARDS

Pre-make some birthday or Christmas cards to have on hand for when you need them. All you need is some paper, crayons/markers and maybe some scissors. Rubber stamps would also come in handy but aren’t necessary.

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85. MAKE SOMETHING OUT OF CLAY

You will need to purchase some modeling clay for this. It is a great activity for older children who are no longer interested in playdough or want a change.

86. CLOUD GAZE

This is kind of like star gazing except it can be done during the day. Lay on the grass and look at the clouds. Talk about the funny shapes you see.

87. BUILD A TIME CAPSULE

Make a time capsule. Put some items into a box, plastic container or resealable bag. Write a letter explaining what each item is that will go into the time capsule. Bury it or hide it away in the house somewhere.

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88. START A ROCK COLLECTION

Find an old cardboard box and decorate it. This box can hold all of the rocks you collect. Turn some of the rocks into pets!

89. MAKE A BIRD FEEDER

A simple one I was just told about requires an orange cut in half with the contents scooped out. Thenpoke holes around the top (where it is open). String some yarn/thread through the hole so you can hang it. Fill the orange with birdseed.

90. HAVE A PRETEND BIRTHDAY PARTY

Wrap some old toys, make a card, make party hats and use play food as the birthday cake. Don’t forget to sing “happy birthday”. My kids love having birthday parties for their stuffed animals.

91. HAVE A STARING CONTEST

This is pretty self explanatory I think.

92. BUILD A SNOWMAN OR SNOW FORT

Only applicable if there is snow, as you may have guessed!

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93. MAKE FINGER PUPPETS

Cut the fingers off a rubber glove. Add faces, hair, clothes. These can also be added to the puppet show (number 38).

94. MAKE GOOP

It can get messy so make sure to keep the goop in a bag for storage. You may also want to set some rules around where the goop can be played with.

95. SET UP A MINI GOLF COURSE

You can do this indoors by laying cups on their sides and using them as the holes. Outdoors, you can bury the cups in the ground, leaving just the very top of the cup showing so the ball can roll into the cup.

96. MAKE A RECYCLED WIND CHIME

Head to the recycle bin and see what you can string together to make a wind chime – Reduce,Reuse,Recycle!

97. MAKE A SENSORY BIN

Fill a plastic bin with rice or dried beans. Then hide little toys in it. Let your child explore with with her hands. See if they can guess what they found before looking at it, using only the sense of touch. You can also use cups to “fill” and “empty”.

98. MAKE A SNOW GLOBE

Fill a jar with water and sprinkles. Add pebbles, beads, foam letter/shapes and glitter (this will be the “snow”). You can also add a bit of food coloring if you want to change the color of the water.

Make sure the lid is screwed on tight. You can add a bit of glue to the lid to make sure it never opens.

99. INVENT A CRAZY MEAL

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100. DO A GOOD DEED

Come up with ideas of waysyou can help someone. This could be as simple as finding a toy to donate or perhaps going through your cabinets and finding a few cans of food you can bring to the local homeless shelter. Talk to your child about others having less than them.

101. PAPER BAG PUPPETS

These are super easy and fun. And can also be added to the puppet show (number 38). Either cut out eyes, nose and mouth or draw them on with paint or markers. Add ears, feathers, a tail, etc.

102. WATER BALLOON FIGHT

We go through so many balloons every summer. I find that regular size balloons are more fun and last longer than the small ones that are meant to be water balloons. They don’t pop as easily and you can make them small or really big.

The bigger you make them the easier it will be for them to pop.

103. SURVEYS

Come up with a survey. Write down all of the questions (or you can write down the questions your child comes up with if they are not yet writing). Poll friends and family.

104. MAKE PAINT SWIRL ORNAMENTS

Even if it isn’t Christmas, these are fun to make. Plus they can make cute Christmas gifts, so hang on to them if it isn’t the holiday season when you are reading this.

You will need to get some clear glass ornaments, a few colors of paint and some glue.

Take the top off the ornament, add a few colors of paint and a few drops of glue.

Cover the opening of the ornament with a paper towel and then shake and swirl it around. When there are no more clear spots left, turn the ornament upside down (into an egg carton works well) so any excess paint/glue can escape.111 Creative Boredom Busting Activities For Kids Of All Ages! | Seeme & Liz (10)

105. OUTDOOR BUBBLE BATH

Fill a small kids pool with lots and lots of soap and water. Make soap hats and beards. Have a “soap ball” fight!

106. PLAY CHARADES

This game is a classic. For younger children (who can read), write simple ideas on a piece of paper that they can act out. For example, firefighter, waiter, doctor, erupting volcano, etc.

107. SIDEWALK CHALK

Get outside and draw. Lay down and trace each other’s bodies. Add crazy things to the outlines such as wings or horns or an extra arm.

108. PLAY HOSPITAL/DOCTOR

Take a doll or stuffed animal to the “hospital” or Doctor’s office. A toy stroller can be a wheelchair, toilet paper can be used to make a cast. Don’t forget to check the patient’s temperature.

109. PLAY HOUSE

Everyone can have a role – mom, dad, brother, sister, baby, family pet. Let your imagination run wild.

110. MAKE YOUR OWN WRAPPING PAPER

Draw your own designs on paper – the bigger the piece of paper the better. If you don’t have any big pieces of paper, don’t worry, just tape smaller ones together. Then make a gift that you can wrap with your new paper.

111. MAKE A PICTURE FRAME

Use popsicle sticks to make a picture frame. Decorate the frame.

The next time your child tells you that he is bored, pull out this list! There are many things that I haven’t mentioned but this article can easily turn into a book if I keep going.

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Is there anything you would like to add to the list? Which of these suggestions have your kids tried? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!

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FAQs

What should a 11 year old do when she's bored? ›

Boredom-busting ideas for active kids
  • Play a sport outside.
  • Wash the car.
  • Go for a bike ride.
  • Do 'mindful movement' videos.
  • Play hide-and-seek.
  • Make a fort.
  • Have a dance party.
  • Make an obstacle course.
2 Jun 2022

What Should 11 year olds do at home? ›

Fun learning activities for 11-year-olds
  • Writing ideas. Encourage book blogging and taking part in readers' book sites, e.g. adding reviews to Amazon. ...
  • Reading together. Keep your eyes open for book awards and read the shortlists together to decide which title you would choose and why. ...
  • Maths games. ...
  • Writing ideas.

What can a 15 year old do when bored at home? ›

85 Fun Activities for Bored Teens
  • Make a music video or movie. ...
  • DIY bath bombs. ...
  • Catch lightning bugs. ...
  • Have a car wash fundraiser for a club or charity. ...
  • Make a cute tote bag out of a recycled tank top or jeans. ...
  • Fly paper airplanes. ...
  • Sketch your pet. ...
  • Go through your closet and make new outfits.
15 Jul 2020

What girls do when their bored? ›

The Ultimate List of Fun Things for Tweens & Teens to Do When They're Bored - 200+ Ideas
  • Read a book. ( ...
  • Read a picture book to younger siblings. ...
  • Listen to an audiobook.
  • Do an experiment with paper shapes.
  • Play with perspective.
  • Do paper chromatography.
  • Do t-shirt chromatography.
  • Build paper towers.
8 Apr 2022

How do you entertain a bored 12 year old? ›

It is also important that you give attention to your child at this age.
...
Activities for 12-year-old Children
  1. Make a comic book. ...
  2. Do a DIY project. ...
  3. Learn to code. ...
  4. Learn a new language. ...
  5. Play a board game. ...
  6. Solve puzzles. ...
  7. Play card games.

Why do kids act out at 11? ›

Reasons Tweens and Teens Act Out

Sometimes they will act out or rebel for the same reasons they did as a child—they are hungry, tired, stressed, or simply want attention. They may even act out because they are being bullied, going through a breakup, or are having friendship issues.

Do 3 year olds get bored? ›

The bored, whiny toddler doesn't feel like a good thing. It can be really frustrating, but it's good to experience your child being bored. In fact, our brain needs boredom. Boredom can be a very unpleasant feeling.

What are some good play ideas? ›

10 imaginative play ideas to try with your kids
  • Cook an imaginary meal. Children love to act out the ordinary things their parents do. ...
  • Throw picnics and tea parties. Bad weather outside? ...
  • Play super heroes. ...
  • Turn a box into . . . ...
  • Put on a performance. ...
  • Plant up a (fake) garden. ...
  • Build a city. ...
  • Clean the house.

How do you discipline an 11 year old who doesn't listen? ›

The Do's of Disciplining a Child Who Won't Listen

Use consistent, logical consequences. Kids need to know what to expect when they don't listen. Listen to your child's feelings and ask them kindly rather than in anger what's going on. Acknowledge their side, and you can still follow through with a consequence.

How do I entertain my child without toys? ›

Play a Quick Game
  1. Play a game of "Rock, Paper, Scissors."
  2. Arm or thumb wrestle for a few minutes to keep those little hands busy. ...
  3. Play patty-cake or teach your child some clapping games. ...
  4. Play a fun game like "20 questions" or "I went to ...". ...
  5. Speak pig Latin or make up your own secret code.
30 Jul 2021

Can a 12 year old go to the mall with friends? ›

It's developmentally normal for a 12-year-old to want to spend time with her peers, Wallace says. "While you want to encourage that, the reality is that stuff does happen," Wallace says. "Know your own kid. One child may be OK to go to the mall on her own at 12, and another child might not be OK at 14."

How late should a 12 year old stay out? ›

While some parents rely on a set curfew, others make the rules fit he circumstances. For example, if your teen gets home from after-school activities at 7 p.m., a weekday curfew of 10 p.m. may make sense. On the weekends, maybe 11 p.m. is a more reasonable time. It depends on your family's schedule and your child.

How many friends should a 10 year old have? ›

Finally, it's important that parents not place too many of their own social expectations on children. Dr. Rooney advises keeping things in perspective. “Kids need just one or two good friends.

What can a 20 year old do when bored at home? ›

Fun activities to do when stuck inside
  • Play an instrument. ...
  • Write a short story. ...
  • Do a deep dive on a subject that interests you. ...
  • Fill out a crossword puzzle. ...
  • Try Origami. ...
  • Play a board game. ...
  • Put together a puzzle. ...
  • Watch a rom-com marathon.
25 Aug 2021

What do girls do when bored at night? ›

Something To Take Care Of You
  • Give your nails some love. No professional manicure necessary—you don't even need to paint them! ...
  • Give yourself an at-home facial. ...
  • Practice saying no. ...
  • Unroll your yoga mat. ...
  • Go on a walk. ...
  • Watch one of these 90s movies. ...
  • Play a game. ...
  • Make a gratitude list.
19 Sept 2022

What can a 13 year old do when bored at home alone? ›

Activities For A Bored Teenager Home Alone
  • Write down your life goals.
  • Write a letter to family and friends.
  • Memorize a favorite quote.
  • Read one of history's great novels.
  • Workout.
  • Learn a new sport.
  • Practice your favoite sport.
  • Take the dog for a walk.

What are fun things girls like to do? ›

Girls Night Out Ideas
  • Karaoke. This is another fun girls night idea that can be adapted for a night in or night out. ...
  • Tour a Museum at Night. ...
  • Laugh Out Loud at a Comedy Show. ...
  • See a Show. ...
  • Visit a Psychic. ...
  • Take Your Girls Out to the Ballgame. ...
  • Dance the Night Away. ...
  • Get a Workout at a Trampoline Park.
6 days ago

How do shy girls have fun? ›

Dating A Shy Girl? How To Get Her To Open Up
  1. Spend Time Together Like Normal. ...
  2. Don't Try To Force Her Into Awkward Situations. ...
  3. Take An Interest In Her Hobbies. ...
  4. Don't Pester Her. ...
  5. Remember That Being Shy Doesn't Mean She Isn't Confident Or Capable. ...
  6. Invite Her Out To Do Things She's Comfortable Doing.

What can a girl do in her free time? ›

When you have some free time, try activities to help you relax, get some exercise, have fun, or learn something new! You might read a book or watch a movie, relax with a bath, or go on a hike. There are plenty of other things you could try too, like yoga, learning a language, or trying a new recipe.

What is a boredom jar? ›

The basic idea of a “Bored Jar” is a jar, box or bucket of some kind filled with ideas of chores & activities that children can do if they complain of boredom. At my friend's suggestion, I created this as something to send my children to if they got bored, but they ended up loving it.

Should 12 year olds go to bed at 11? ›

At these ages, with social, school, and family activities, bedtimes gradually become later and later, with most 12-years-olds going to bed at about 9 p.m. There is still a wide range of bedtimes, from 7:30 to 10 p.m., as well as total sleep times, from 9 to 12 hours, although the average is only about 9 hours.

Why is my 8 year old so rude to me? ›

Disrespectful behavior often comes down to kids having poor problem-solving skills and a lack of knowledge about how to be more respectful as they pull away. Often when kids separate from you they do it all wrong before they learn how to do it right.

What are signs of anxiety in a 11 year old? ›

Symptoms of anxiety in children
  • finding it hard to concentrate.
  • not sleeping, or waking in the night with bad dreams.
  • not eating properly.
  • quickly getting angry or irritable, and being out of control during outbursts.
  • constantly worrying or having negative thoughts.
  • feeling tense and fidgety, or using the toilet often.

How do I mentally stimulate my 3 year old? ›

Everything you do with your toddler – playing, talking, eating, walking, reading, cuddling, and singing help jump-start his brain. When you use your imagination with him, for example, you help his brain to make “imagination pathways” of its own.

How do you entertain a 3 year old indoors? ›

More Than 30 Fun Indoor Activities For 3 Year Olds
  1. Coloring. Crayons, colored pencils, and markers, oh my! ...
  2. Play with Play-Doh. ...
  3. Drawing (Scribbling) ...
  4. Worksheets. ...
  5. Read books. ...
  6. Do puzzles. ...
  7. Play games. ...
  8. Build a blanket fort.
8 Feb 2021

What are some fun roleplays to do? ›

10 Role Play Ideas for Kids
  • 1 – Cooking in the kitchen. Your little ones have inevitably seen you cooking in the kitchen a time or two. ...
  • 2 – Tea party. ...
  • 3 – Post office. ...
  • 4 – Supermarket. ...
  • 5 – Hair salon. ...
  • 6 – Cops and robbers. ...
  • 7 – Pirate ships. ...
  • 8 – Castles.
23 Jun 2022

How do you punish a child who doesn't care? ›

Here are 10 tips for how to give consequences that work—even when kids say they don't care.
  1. Use Consequences That Have Meaning. ...
  2. Don't Try to Appeal to His Emotions with Speeches. ...
  3. Make Consequences Black and White. ...
  4. Talk to Your Child About Effective Problem-Solving. ...
  5. Don't Get Sucked into an Argument over Consequences.

How do you punish a child without hitting them? ›

Ten Alternatives To Spanking By Destry Maycock
  1. Give choices. A choice gives some control back to the child on the parents' terms. ...
  2. Take a timeout. Yes, you the parent walk away. ...
  3. Get someone else involved. ...
  4. Teach them what you expect. ...
  5. Recognize their positive behaviors. ...
  6. Timeout. ...
  7. Consequence. ...
  8. Pick your battles.

What is the five indoor game? ›

For example, Ludo, Carrom, Puzzle, Card games, Chess, Table tennis, and board games.

How do you keep kids entertained for an hour? ›

35 Activities to Keep Kids Busy While You Work or Study
  1. Build a Fort. Create a fort using blankets, coffee tables, couches, boxes or whatever you've got in your home. ...
  2. Start a Journal. ...
  3. Learn to Draw. ...
  4. Hear a Story from Space. ...
  5. Build the Ultimate Paper Airplane. ...
  6. Put on a Play. ...
  7. Collect Broken Crayons. ...
  8. Bake or Decorate Cupcakes.
18 Mar 2020

Can a 12 year old go alone? ›

A new survey of social workers suggests age 12 might be a safe time for many to start. Parents often wonder how old their children must be before they can leave them home alone for a few hours. A new survey of social workers suggests age 12 might be a safe time for many to start.

What age should a child be allowed to play out without you? ›

If your yard is fenced in, then 5 to 6 years old is an appropriate age to allow your child to play outside alone for a few minutes at a time. If your yard is not fenced in, consider waiting until your child is around 8 years old before you allow them to be totally alone outside.

Can you leave an 11 year old at home alone? ›

Most experts say that by age 10 or 11, it's OK to leave a child alone for short periods of time (under an hour) during the day, provided they're not scared and you think they're mature enough to handle it. But you may want to wait another year or two before leaving them alone at night.

Can a 11 year old sleep at 11 pm? ›

School-age children should go to bed between 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. Teens should try to go to bed between 9:00 and 10:00 p.m.

What is a suitable bedtime for a 13 year old? ›

That said: “9pm is a sensible approach.” For teenagers, Kelley says that, generally speaking, 13- to 16-year-olds should be in bed by 11.30pm.

Should a 12 year old go to bed? ›

Doctors recommend that children ages 3 to 6 need about 10-12 hours of sleep each day. And 7- to 12-year-olds do best with 10 or 11 hours. Why? Not getting enough shut-eye can lead to weight gain, as well as taking a toll on their physical, emotional, and social health.

What age is it hardest to make friends? ›

According to psychologists, people don't change much beyond their 30's. This could mean that, if you've spent a significant portion of your adult life alone or without friends, it may be tougher to make friends in your 40's.

Why does my child have no friends? ›

There are many reasons why a child may not have many, or any, friends. She might be noticeably different, either physically or intellectually. He may lack social skills or a have a personality that puts off others his own age. He might not share the same interests as his classmates (for example he may hate sports).

Why can't my daughter keep friends? ›

Some kids have social difficulties.

Their interpersonal skills are lacking, which puts off peers and makes it tough to develop friendships. They may not read social cues properly. They may be controlling or aggressive or talk only about themselves and show little interest in others.

Is 11 a good age to stay home alone? ›

Call your State DHS or local child welfare agency to learn about age guidelines in your area. The National SAFEKIDS Campaign recommends that no child under the age of 12 be left home alone.

Can I leave my 11 year old home alone? ›

children under the age of 12 are rarely mature enough to cope in an emergency and should not be left at home alone for a long period of time. children under the age of 16 should not be left alone overnight.

Is 11 old enough to stay home alone? ›

Most experts say that by age 10 or 11, it's OK to leave a child alone for short periods of time (under an hour) during the day, provided they're not scared and you think they're mature enough to handle it. But you may want to wait another year or two before leaving them alone at night.

Can I leave my 11 year old home alone for 30 minutes? ›

8 to 10 Years - Should not be left alone for more than 1½ hours and only during daylight and early evening hours. 11 to 12 Years - May be left alone for up to 3 hours but not late at night or in circumstances requiring inappropriate responsibility. 13 to 15 Years - May be left unsupervised, but not overnight.

Can a 17 year old look after siblings overnight? ›

There's no legal age a child can babysit – but if you leave your children with someone who's under 16 you're still responsible for their wellbeing. You should also think carefully about leaving your child alone with an older brother or sister. If they fall out, you won't be around to make the peace.

Can you go to jail for leaving a child home alone? ›

There are no laws that prevent this, meaning you should not go to jail for doing so. But, there are exceptions. It is illegal to leave your child home alone if it puts them in a dangerous situation.

Can I leave my 7 year old home alone for 30 minutes? ›

Kids should never be left alone until they are 8 years old, and kids between the ages 8-10 shouldn't be left for more than an hour-and-a-half or during night-time hours. Don't assume they're looking up at the night stars with a telescope made for children.

Is it illegal to leave a 15 year old alone overnight? ›

With no laws prescribing the age at which children can be left home alone, it's up to you as a parent to decide when your child is ready to be left. Age is less important than maturity: for example, a sensible 12-year-old may be more mature and responsible than a slightly wayward 14-year-old.

Can a 15 year old look after a 10 year old? ›

"There's no legal age a child can babysit – but if you leave your children with someone who's under 16 you're still responsible for their wellbeing. "You should also think carefully about leaving your child alone with an older brother or sister. If they fall out, you won't be around to make the peace."

Is it OK to leave 16 year old home alone overnight? ›

It is generally recommended that parents should hold off on letting their child stay home alone overnight until their late teens, but that decision may depend on the maturity of the child.

Can a 10 year old get pregnant? ›

A woman becomes able to get pregnant when she ovulates for the first time — about 14 days before her first menstrual period. This happens to some women as early as when they are eight years old, or even earlier. Most often, ovulation begins before women turn 20.

What age should child get phone? ›

Ten to 12 is a great range because kids are still very connected to their parents and into their parents being in their phone and in their business,” says Catherine Pearlman, a licensed clinical social worker and author of “First Phone,” a guide for kids.

What age should a girl start dating? ›

As a general guideline, Dr. Eagar advises not allowing single dating before age sixteen. “There's an enormous difference between a fourteen- or fifteen-year- old and a sixteen- or seventeen-year-old in terms of life experience,” he says.

Can I leave my 17 year old home alone for a week? ›

Is it legal to leave a 17 year old home alone for a week? Yes! 17 years old is considered basically an adult. I have even heard of parents being allowed to leave there 17 alone for the week in charge of younger siblings, during the summer time.

Can I leave my 7 year old home alone for 1 hour? ›

In general, it's not a good idea to leave kids younger than 10 years old home alone.

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