10 Indoor Boredom Busters


When it’s too cold to play outdoors and the toys in the house aren’t appealing, blast boredom with some creative play. Encourage kids to decorate a “boredom buster” jar while you stuff if with 10 parent-approved activities kids can do independently. Half the fun is seeing which activity they’ll draw! Here are 10 to get you going

1

Make a snack. Try instant pudding, chips and dip, or celery with peanut butter. Remember to clean up!

2

Celebrate “Backwards Day.” Eat, wear and say everything backwards! (Until it gets too hard, at least).

3

Make a gross-out menu placemat on construction paper, drawing pictures of all the foods you hate!

4

Set up a treasure hunt using plastic eggs, Legos, and anything easy to spot. The creator can draw a map to lead pirates to the treasure.

5

Make your own word search and then give it to a friend to complete.

6

Write and perform a play based on a favorite book.

7

Write a family newsletter to send to relatives who live out of state.

8

Project your shadow on the wall. Have someone trace it. Then cut it out and glue onto black paper for a unique piece of silhouette art.

9

Play “spot the difference.” Have someone study how you look for a few minutes. Then go in the other room and make a small adjustment (take out an earring, put on a shoe, etc.). See if they can spot the difference.

10

Play musical chairs or have a crazy dance party. Just be sure to clear breakables out of the room!
Melanie Wagner