Whether it is weekends, midway through summer, or vacation days, and no matter all the games or toys at their disposal, there is a point where children are not interested anymore and feel bored. The phrase, “Mom/Dad, I’m bored,” can send chills down your spine.
During such instances, you can indulge your child in various friendly and fun activities and keep them busy with minimal involvement on your part.
Keep this list of things to do when kids are bored handy for a snowy or rainy day or any other time your kids are cooped up at home and feel bored.
100+ Things To Do When Kids Are Bored
No matter what you’re looking for — something entertaining, creative, or educational — this list has everything you need to keep your children engaged.
Creative things to do when kids are bored
1. Create art with bubble wrap
Do not throw away your latest delivery bubble wrap because you can create art with it! Your child can use paint and bubble wrap to create funky prints on t-shirts or wallpaper.
2. Make a sensory bag
Engage your little one’s senses and develop their cognitive skills by exposing them to different sounds, colors, and textures. Sensory bags are extremely easy to make and provide hours of mess-free play. All you need to do is fill a Ziploc bag with hair gel, glitter, toys, beads, and any other small items your child wishes.
3. Make paper flowers
Beautiful paper flowers are the perfect way to brighten up your home. With just a few materials such as crepe paper or tissue paper, scissors, and glue, you can create whimsical decorative pieces.
4. Enjoy doodling
Doodling is therapeutic. Moreover, it is a fun way to pass the time. It helps improve drawing and can be a great addition to your child’s portfolio. Your child can do this freehand or download free printable versions and doodle away.
5. Make friendship bracelets
Children of all ages can enjoy making friendship bracelets. Younger ones can make simpler ones, and older children can try complicated patterns.
6. Make and fly a kite
Your child can use materials lying around the house to make a kite. Once they’re done, you can join your child and enjoy flying it.
7. Make a fairy garden
Draw inspiration from one of these whimsical DIY fairy garden ideas to create one of your own. Gather a few supplies and get your fairy garden going!
8. Solve a tape maze
Get your child to use masking tape to create a maze on the floor and see if they can find their way out.
9. Create a story using stones
Your children can gather stones from the backyard or beach and then paint or draw characters and objects on each one. It is engaging, and they can also use it as props in a story.
10. b Design a postcard
Buy a bunch of blank postcards and hand them to your child along with crayons, paints, stickers, and more for them to decorate. Your child can then design them and send them out to friends and family.
11. Create fairy jars
Fairy jars are extremely fun to make and look absolutely gorgeous. You’ll find easy tutorials online. A glow-in-the-dark jar works as a night light until the glow wears off!
12. Try finger painting
A piece of paper and paint are all a child needs to get creative and messy. Let them use their fingerprints to create different designs on the paper for your home.
13. Create edible necklaces
Edible necklaces are so easy and fun to make. Your child can grab a string and a few of their favorite snacks or candies and get stringing and beading!
14. Solve a maze
Grab a few sheets of paper and some pencils, and get your family together. Parents or older siblings can draw a maze on paper, while the younger ones can solve it.
15. Design a flipbook
Ask your child to draw a few silly pictures on cards and clip the cards together. The countless combinations will keep everyone entertained for hours.
16. Have fun body tracing
A child loves tracing their hands and feet. Instead, roll out a big sheet of paper and have them trace their entire body. Later, they can fill their silhouette as they please.
17. Create a vision board
Let your child look at the future and use the vision board to write down their aspirations. Once they’re done, you can hang the board in their room for them to see every morning.
18. Have fun with photography
Hand your child your phone or a camera and let them photograph stuff around the house. Who knows what amazing, cool, and funny things they’ll come up with!
19. Create a pool noodle obstacle course
Have fun with pool noodles without jumping in the pool. You can use them to create obstacle courses around the house. They can jump over, balance on, crawl under, or climb through them.
20. Create DIY paper frogs
Paper frogs can jump! Once your child folds the paper into a frog, let them take it out into the sidewalk or backyard and see which one hops the furthest.
21. Make your own slime
Slime is trendy. It’s so easy and so much fun to make. Children enjoy playing with it. There are plenty of tutorials online, so you can look for one that’s suitable for your child.
22. Make glow bubbles
Make bubbles that glow under a black light. Use some bubble solution and ink from a highlighter, and get ready for some glow-in-the-dark fun!
23. Make bookmarks
If you have children who read, making bookmarks is an excellent idea. Take a large colorful paper clip and tie some ribbons to it. You can use different materials, such as tassels, duct tape, and fabric, to make fancier ones.
24. Create a DIY race track
Use washi tape or masking tape to create a colorful, customizable race track for tiny cars and a place to park them when playtime is over.
25. Make a sundial
Before clocks, people used sundials to tell time. Teach your children how to make one. All you need is to find the direction, ‘north,’ and put a stick in the ground in that direction. As the sun moves, its position changes and the shadow it casts helps you tell time.
26. Have fun with paper mache
A bottle of glue, balloons, and pieces of paper cutouts are all your child needs to have endless fun for hours! Quickly browse online and pick from the many tutorials.
27. Make a paper bead necklace
There are several crafts you can do with newspapers. Use newspaper, colorful magazine clippings, or wrapping paper and roll them into bead shapes. It is an easy craft you can do without going to the store.
28. Make box monsters
There’s a chance you have empty boxes lying around the house. You can easily paint them and turn them into cute monsters. You can even use the box for a game. Grab a small ping-pong ball and play “feed the monster” by throwing it into the monster’s mouth.
29. Create a DIY jellyfish
Transform strands of yarn and paper plates into a creature from the deep blue sea. You can paint them with glow-in-the-dark paint and see them come to life when the lights are off.
30. Make an art collage
Let your child’s inner Picasso out with the help of a bunch of old magazines, scissors, and glue. Let them cut up pieces and create a magnificent collage.
31. Create a boredom jar
Write different activities, games, chores, crafts, arts, things to do, etc., on ice cream sticks. Put them in a jar. Whenever your child says “I’m bored,” let them pull out a stick from the jar and do whatever it says.
32. Make a comic strip
If your child enjoys drawing, you can ask them to draw a creative comic strip with drawings, a storyline, and everything else!
33. Paint rocks
During a stroll outside, let your child pick up rocks and come home and paint them. You can use them to decorate your home or garden.
34. Put on a show with sock puppets
Put all those single, lonely socks to use by transforming them into sock puppets. Cut out a mouth and draw a face. Let your child host a puppet show!
35. Make your own Play-Doh
With a few common household items, and in absolutely no time, you can make your own Play-Doh sets. Save money and involve the kids in this thrifty kitchen craft activity.
36. Build a fort
Building a fort is one of the most fun playtime activities for children. Bring out all the pillows, chairs, boxes, blankets, and sheets, and let your child create their own magical fort. After all the hard work, sit in the fort, play games, and sip a cool drink.
37. Create sidewalk art
Sketching on paper is standard. Take it a notch higher by letting your child sketch on the sidewalk. Give them a few colorful chalks, and that’s it! It will lead to hours of fun and entertainment.
38. Teach them cross-stitch
Let your child delve into arts and crafts with cross-stitch. Get a few special kits, such as blunt needles, for youngsters and beginners and teach them some easy patterns. It’s time to put their hands to work!
39. Write a story
Whether it’s a funny story, an imaginative adventure story, or a real-life incident, writing gets the creative juices flowing and stirs children’s imagination.
40. Enjoy a scavenger hunt
Write down a list of a few items, such as something soft, something yellow, or something triangle, and let them run around trying to decipher the clues. The clues can be easy or hard based on the child’s age.
41. Make a miniature garden
Create a beautiful mini garden using foil trays. Use rocks, twigs, succulents, toy figures, etc., to make your mini garden more lifelike. Add sand for a beachy scene and thermocol for a snowy backdrop.
42. Create something fun using junk
Use glue, tape, scissors, and old things, such as plastic bottles, cereal cartons, egg boxes, and more to create something fun and innovative.
43. Make bath bombs
Whether you want to unwind after a hectic day, or your little ones want to splash around and have fun, bath bombs are perfect for everyone. Rather than spending a lot, indulge them in a fun and easy DIY project and make your own!
44. Get crafty with toilet roll tubes
Every household will have a few toilet roll tubes. They’re the best for doing different crafts. Whether it’s a new decoration for the kitchen, a pen holder for the office, or cute little toilet roll animals, your options are endless!
45. Grow an indoor herb garden
A tin can is all you need to grow herbs such as mint, basil, and parsley. With the right care, they thrive indoors.
46. Build a terrarium
Terrariums are easy to make, require minimal materials, and even come in kits. Spend an evening making a few with your child and decorate your home.
47. Make picture frames
DIY photo frames are perfect for your living room. Look up some ideas online and create them with your child to transform your home.
48. Make paper airplanes
Paper airplanes have your child’s back when they’re bored. There are plenty of paper airplane designs and templates online. Pick one, get building, and start racing!
49. Create pasta jewelry
Children will have lots of fun making colorful pasta accessories. In the process, they’ll learn about different shapes and colors and develop their fine motor skills.
50. Make your own soap
With a few ingredients, you and your children can make natural soaps that are better for your skin and the planet! Do not forget to customize your designs and create different shapes. You can insert small plastic toys inside the soap bars to let your children have a fun bath time experience.
51. Try origami
Talking about paper planes and paper frogs, you might as well hone their origami skills. From turtles to hummingbirds and dinosaurs, your child can create nearly anything and everything they imagine.
52. Make bird feeders
Bird feeders attract different birds into your backyard. Youngsters can make a simple feeder with a plastic bottle, while older children can create complex and artistic ones.
53. Create a family time capsule
A family time capsule lets you and your family look back at different years. Include a variety of things such as magazines, letters, photos, and more. Put everything in a box, hide it away somewhere safe, and set a date to open it up!
Academic Things To Do When Kids Are Bored
54. Make your own flashcards
Let your child design creative flashcards that you can use later to teach them math, English, or science!
55. Practice instruments
Encourage your child to play an instrument, and ensure they put in the hours every day to master it.
56. Start a collection
Collecting stuff is an old-school tradition. Indulge your child in it. You can pass your collection down to your child and let them add to it or encourage them to start something new. They could collect painted rocks, seashells, stickers, coins, or stamps.
57. Go birdwatching in the backyard
Birdwatching lets your child catch sight of the pretty little and adorable birds and unveils their unique personalities. Let them take notes and learn about different species.
58. Learn a new language
There are plenty of web platforms for children to learn a new language. They can also learn ASL (American sign language).
59. Help them learn topics that may not be taught in school
Focus on topics beyond the curriculum, such as how to deal with rejection or racial inequality. It will help them in the real world.
60. Teach them about different character traits
Different positive character traits help your child go a long way in academic life, personal life, and work life. Help them learn about dependability, grit, honesty, courage, and more.
61. Help them learn about a new country or culture
Your child can experience different cultures without leaving the comfort of their home. From learning the basics of a new language, learning a dance or song, or trying new cuisine, there’s plenty your child can do to learn about different cultures.
62. Try different STEM activities
You’ll find a host of STEM activities and science kits that will help your children have fun while learning about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
63. Listen to podcasts
Do some research, pick some kid-friendly podcasts, and let your child enjoy hours of entertainment.
64. Start a book club
Reading is certainly thought-provoking, but you can take it up a notch. Encourage your child to start a book club. Book clubs can stimulate your child to discuss books, ask questions, and understand things from a different perspective.
65. Download and print fun worksheets
Browse the Internet, and you’ll find a host of different worksheets for different subjects and age groups. Pick a few and keep your child occupied for a few hours.
66. Practice spelling
Spellings aren’t easy, especially for complicated-sounding words such as ‘frightened,’ ‘gnaw,’ or ‘reign.’ So, a little practice in the form of games, such as scrabble, goes a long way.
67. Plan and prepare meals together
Cooking is a combination of art and science and involves communication, time management, and planning skills. Sometimes, when your child thinks of new ways to create old dishes, it encourages creativity.
68. Write a letter
Writing a letter to a grandparent, uncle, aunt, parent, friend, or even Santa is an excellent way to improve children’s writing skills. It also helps them express themselves and is a great mental exercise.
69. Create a “when I grow up” poster
Children dream of becoming astronauts, air hostesses, and actors. There is no limit to their imagination. You can get them to imagine their life and draw it out on a poster and include family members, pets, cars, and more.
70. Do fun science experiments
From chemical reactions to crystals, reflection and refraction, and volcanoes, science experiments are super fun while also encouraging learning. Sometimes, exciting projects help children learn difficult concepts.
71. Write a story about your week
Have your child recollect everything that took place during the week and then weave it into a story and draw it out or write it. With time, you’ll have enough material to make a book!
72. Tend a vegetable garden
Tending a vegetable garden teaches your child where food comes from. Besides, they also learn a few science lessons, such as the different parts of plants and the benefits plants have on earth. Moreover, they get their daily dose of vitamin D!
73. Read a book
Reading has no downsides. From stimulating curiosity to piquing imagination and developing concentration, books have so many advantages. Get them started today!
74. Make math cue cards
Turn your child into an A+ student with the help of cue cards. They’ll help them practice, memorize, and learn multiplication, formulas, and more.
75. Learn via games
Children love the iPad and other gadgets. So engage them creatively by learning with games. There are many games and activities that can help them learn and play.
76. Join an online program
Children can enroll and learn from the comfort of their homes. They can pick anything that interests them. Whether it’s a skill or something academically inclined, it will be beneficial one day.
77. bPut on a science show
Let them learn different science tricks and put up a show to entertain the entire family!
78. Practice opposites
For younger children, the opposites game is an excellent way to keep them engaged. You can say a word such as ‘in’ and let them tell the antonym. For older children, you can use tougher words such as ‘abstract,’ ‘arduous,’ or ‘grueling.’
79. Practice mindfulness
Children of all ages benefit from mindfulness. You can use different apps or activities to practice mindfulness. It’s beneficial as it helps improve attention. It also helps them become more patient and better listeners.
80. Teach them chess
From improving attention span to visual memory, reasoning ability, and critical thinking, chess offers a host of benefits. Plus, they will enjoy it!
81. Enjoy stargazing
Stargazing helps children learn all about different constellations and the night sky. You can even play a game or two to enhance learning. For instance, you could try spotting different shapes. If you’re not well-versed with the sky, use the help of apps. You really can’t go wrong while stargazing with kids.
82. Learn a new skill
Be it photography or a craft, children can put their spare time to better use by learning a skill that will help them in the long run.
83. Learn how to code
If your child is a computer genius, maybe coding is for them. Children can start at a young age and hone their skills. It’s a low-stress activity and ensures your child is occupied for a few hours.
Collaborative things to do when kids are bored
84. Guess what’s in the box
Cut out circles on the sides of a cardboard box so your arms can fit through. Place different items inside the box and let someone stick their hands in and guess what’s in the box! It’s a fun game for the entire family.
85. Do a puzzle together
Puzzles take patience and skill, so your child may need a little assistance. Pick a puzzle and complete it together. If you can’t finish it in one sitting, get back to it after a few hours or the next day.
86. Color together
87. Create a family journal
Sit together and create an ornate diary or a simple journal about the family. You can either decide on a topic, such as ‘honesty,’ or just enter your thoughts daily. Today, it’s a way of connecting with children, and in the future, it’s a cherished possession.
88. Map out a family tree
You and your children can get to know about your roots with the help of a family tree. Sit together and start mapping out your family. In no time, you’ll have a complete family tree.
89. Host a paint night
Older children, younger children, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, and everyone can participate in a family paint night. A few canvases, paints, brushes will yield a night of laughter and fun!
90. Organize a treasure hunt
Another activity for the entire family is a treasure hunt that’s easy and super fun. One person can hide 10 to 20 items around the house while the others look for them.
91. Enjoy bike rides
There’s nothing more fulfilling than riding a bike with your children around the block or the nearest park. The activity can boost the mood and clear their mind of boredom.
92. Re-organize the room
When children are bored, entice them with a good reward to clean and re-organize their room. They can move furniture around or add pieces of décor for a fresh feel.
93. Bake something
Children will need your help to bake, so work together and turn this into a fun activity! From pizza to cakes and cupcakes, there’s plenty to do. They can help you with the dough and toppings.
94. Indulge in a fun workout
There’s nothing more energizing than a fun workout with your kiddos. Switch on your laptop, play a workout video, and get moving together! Youngsters need not stick to the rules.
95. Go on a mindful walk
Unlike a regular walk, a mindful walk is where you take time and notice the little details that you will otherwise not notice. Closely observe birds and animals, different sounds, the colors, the direction of the wind, the pattern on the pavement, and the smell of the air.
96. Camp in the backyard
What’s more fun than camping in the backyard with your family? Set up a tent, light up a fire, and enjoy different games and activities that will keep you entertained all night!
97. Enjoy themed picnics
Give a twist to your regular picnics. Pick different themes for your picnic, such as “Mexican,” where the entire family dresses up in Mexican attire and carries along Mexican food, such as salsa, guacamole, nachos, and tacos.
98. Have a movie night
Movie nights with the family in the backyard is as good as it gets! Set up a projector and screen in a cozy spot. Place a comfortable mat and pillow, pop up a lot of popcorn, and you’re good to go!
99. Have a fun photoshoot
A family photoshoot is a memory you’ll treasure for the rest of your lives! You can dress up or just lounge around in your PJs and make funny faces.
100. Fun Indoor picnic
If you cannot step out, set up a picnic spot indoors. It’s cozy and perfect for the entire family to enjoy.
101. Creative tea party
Ready for an afternoon treat? A tea party is your best bet. Pick some crackers, tea cakes, freshly brewed tea, fancy cups, and saucers and set up the table.
102. Travel together, virtually
You can always travel virtually. It’s a fun and easy learning method for children. Many museums, zoos, and more offer virtual tours.
The next time you’re at home with your children, you have more than enough ideas to keep them occupied for hours. More than fun, a lot of these activities are collaborative and offer some form of learning. So, it’s not all just fun and games. Round up your family, and have a fun weekend or holiday season!