FREE “I’m Bored” Fun Jar for Kids – 85+ Kids Activities

Children are naturally curious and has tons of energy, but there are times when they may find themselves feeling bored and unsure of what to do. It is important for us parents to encourage children to explore their interests and explore new ways to entertain themselves. Let’s talk about fun kids activities that they can do at home.

Fun Things Kids Can Do When They are Bored

FREE "I'm Bored" Jar with Printable For Kids Activities

Today was the last full week of school for my kids. That means only 3 more days until summer starts. YAY right? The kids are so excited they could burst.

But as a mom I know that that excitement will quickly wear away by week two, day 3, 9am. It happens the same time each year without fail. And when it does, the kids will let you know. They will come up to you dragging their feet, and sour faces and exclaim with a sigh, “MOM, I’m SO bored!” and “There’s nothing to do!”.

Here we have 2 choices. We can tell them to go watch some TV (and no judgement here, sometimes we all go that route) or we can direct them to an activity. So that’s where the idea for the “I’m Bored” Jar comes in!

I'm Bord Jar Printable

With my FREE “I’m Bored” Jar Printable you cut up different kids activities and fold them. But them in a jar and every time a kid comes up to you and says their bored you direct them to the jar and have them pick out a fun activity to do! How fun is that right? I am in LOVE with this idea and my kids are too. I thought you would enjoy it so I wanted to share it with you guys, I hope you enjoy!

Free kids activities printable

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So just print this handy list out, cut out each activity, fold in half (or glue to Popsicle sticks) and put them in a jar. I hope everyone has an awesome summer!


20 Activities for Bored Kids

1. Start a journal or diary

Encourage your child to express themselves and write down their thoughts and also feelings in a journal. It’s a great way to contemplate and reflect on their experiences.

2. Learn a new skill

Whether it’s learning to play a musical instrument or how to code, or how to crochet, learning a new skill can be fun and educational for children. There are many free online resources available to help children learn new skills like Youtube, apps and more.

3. Build a fort

Grab some blankets and pillows and have fun building a fort. This activity encourages creativity and imagination.

4. Play board games

Board games can be a great way to bond with the whole family while also providing entertainment. Some popular games for kids include Monopoly, Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, and Sorry!

5. Bake cookies

Baking is fun and cookies is an easy recipe that kids can bake. Let children get involved in measuring ingredients and mixing the dough.

6. Paint or draw

Encourage your child to unleash their creative side. Let them express their creativity through art. Give them art materials like paints, markers, or crayons for their masterpiece.

7. Have a dance party

Put on some music and have a awesome fun dance party with your child. Not only is it fun they also get some exercise and you get to bond with your child.

8. Read a book

Reading is an excellent way to entertain your child. As they say, there are so many books, so little time. 

9. Play dress-up

Let your children raid your closet and dress up in costumes. This can be a great way to encourage imaginative play.

10. Play with LEGOs

LEGOs are a great way to encourage creativity and problem-solving skills. Encourage your child to build their own creations or follow instructions to build a specific set.

11. Make a craft

Whether it’s making a bracelet or a paper airplane, or origami making a craft can be a fun way to pass the time. There are many online resources available with ideas for kids’ crafts.

12. Watch a movie

Sometimes all your child needs is some downtime to watch a movie. There are many kid-friendly movies available on streaming services like Netflix or Disney+.

13. Play with Play-Doh

Play-Doh can provide hours of entertainment for kids. Encourage your child to create their own sculptures or follow instructions to make specific shapes.

14. Learn a new language

Learning a new language can be a fun and educational experience. There are many online resources available to help children learn a new language.

Duolingo App

Babbel Language Learning Software

15. Play with slime

Slime is a popular trend among kids right now. Encourage your child to create their own slime or buy a pre-made kit.

16. Have a game night

Invite friends or family over for a game night. This can be a fun way to socialize while also providing entertainment.

17. Play charades

Charades is a classic game that can be played with just a few people. Encourage your child to act out different scenarios and let others guess what they are trying to portray.

18. Build a puzzle

Puzzles can be a fun way to pass the time and develop problem

19. Create a family movie

This is a fun activity that will let them make fun memories. Ask them to take videos or pictures of what they and the family members do the whole day. At the end of the day, watch the video together. Instead of video, they can also take pictures.

20. Do science experiments

Educational and fun activity where they will learn different science concepts using easy-to-find ingredients at home.

85 Fun Home Activities for Bored Kids



85 Fun Home Activities for Bored Kids

We have 85 fun ideas that kids can do at home. Get the free printable below! Print and cut out so you can add the list of kids activities to the “I’m Bored” jar.

Bored kids free printable home activity ideas

Get the Free Printable “Bored Kids” Home Activities

Do you have any other ideas we could add to our Free “I’m Bored” Jar Printable for kids? Leave them in the comments so other parents can use them!

Also check out our list of 100 Things to Do This Summer


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