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
- Create label and attach it to jar using glue dots
- Brainstorm activities or use the list my daughter created
- 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
- Paint rocks and hide them around the neighborhood for younger children to find
- Learn how to do a new hairstyle on YouTube
- Cut out pictures from a magazine
- Rearrange your bedroom
- Write a story or poem
- Go for a bike ride
- Do yoga
- 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”!