Boredom Busters for Young Children
One way to combat the dreaded “I’m Bored!” during school closures or summer break is by creating a jar full of boredom busters for young children. This gives children an opportunity to change things up during monotonous days at home.
It’s a lifesaver for tired and overwhelmed parents who are tired of entertaining their little ones 24/7! Here’s how to create your own Boredom Buster jar to use at home. (The activities in this post are geared toward four through eight year olds but may work for slightly younger or older children.)
How to Create your Jar of Boredom Busters
Print out the FREE download I’ll share at the end of this post. I chose to print 2-3 copies on various colors of Astrobrights paper to make it extra colorful and fun. (If you print 2-3 copies, you’ll be able to make an extra jar or two to share with a friend or family member!)
Next, cut the slips apart, fold them, and place them in a jar or bucket. Print out the “Boredom Busters” sign and tape it on the front of the jar.
How to Use the Jar
Next time your little ones say, “I’m bored!” remind them about the Boredom Buster jar. Have them choose one slip of paper from the jar. I encourage you to have them stick with what they pull out instead of letting them choose a new one multiple times.
This will teach them to follow through with decisions and will enable them to participate in a variety of activities–not just ones they deem “fun!”
The jar contains a variety of academic/learning, kindeness, and play based prompts. So children will get to engage in a variety of activities throughout their long break. I suggest only using the jar 2-3 times per day so its excitement doesn’t wear off!
Download your FREE Printables
You can download and print your own Boredom Buster jar printables by clicking on the button below. I’d love for you to leave me a comment letting me know your kids’ favorite Boredom Buster activity!
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