steps for creating an "I'm Bored Jar" for kids

Tutorial: Creating a Bored Jar for Kids

One of the most annoying phrases a mother can hear is, “I’m bored”. It’s like nails on a chalkboard, right? Honestly, kids these days probably don’t utter those words nearly as much as we did. I don’t know about you but my kids are involved in many more extracurricular activities than I ever was as a kid. And when they are home they are usually attached to their iPhones. But I still hear it from time to time and my suggestions of “clean your room” or “read a book” are usually met with eye rolls.

Imagine my surprise when one day last week, I found a mason jar in my daughter’s room labeled “Bored Jar”. The jar was filled with folded post-it notes each with an idea of what she could do when she was bored.

It was such a great idea! Her activities are geared towards tween girls but it is a great thing for younger kids, too. In fact, just making the jar and filling it up is a perfect activity for one of those boring days!


  • Mason Jar (even an old jelly jar would work)
  • Paper to create your own Bored Jar label
  • Post-it notes or other small squares of paper
  • Markers, pen or colored pencils


  1. Create label and attach it to jar using glue dots
  2. Brainstorm activities or use the list my daughter created
  3. Write activities on paper, fold, and store in jar

Some Ideas for the Jar:

  • Make a fort
  • Learn 10 words in a different language
  • Learn a new song on the ukulele
  • Binge watch an old show (Friends or Full House)
  • Walk to get pizza or ice cream with a friend
  • Add to your bored jar
  • Knit
  • Paint rocks and hide them around the neighborhood for younger children to find
  • Learn how to do a new hairstyle on YouTube
  • Make slime
  • Cut out pictures from a magazine
  • Rearrange your bedroom
  • Write a story or poem
  • Go for a bike ride
  • Do yoga
  • Doodle
  • Make a craft out using washi tape
  • Have a lemonade stand
  • Paint your nails
  • Put on music and dance

Now you have the perfect response for those annoying complaints of “I’m bored”!

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