When Boredom Strikes, finding great boredom busters for kids can be like finding a lump of gold! We have the best list of some of the best things kids can do to overcome boredom.
Boredom Busters for Kids
We’ve all been there before, the whining, crying, and complaining that usually comes when boredom strikes. The constant complaints are enough to drive anyone a little crazy! But, it doesn’t have to be that way.
I’ve noticed that when I am prepared for those “boring” moments with great boredom busters for kids, everyone is a lot happier. And it’s not just the little kids who get bored at my house. I’ve noticed that my teenagers (especially my girls) get very bored and want something to do.
These boredom busters get your kids off their phones and iPads and doing something fun, we have special boredom busters for teenagers and boredom busters for teenage girls!
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One of our favorite things to do is to make slime! We find a great recipe online (check out this recipe from Lil Luna) and we all make slime together.
Not only is it easy to make, but it is guaranteed to be hours of fun! Even your teenagers will enjoy holding and playing with slime! Making it one of the best boredom busters for kids.
Play the Cup Stacking Game
A few years ago the rage was to see how fast you could stack plastic cups and then take them down again. All you need for this activity are plastic or paper cups and a timer. Have your kids take turns seeing how fast they can stack their cups into a pyramid and then take them back down again.
This can also be great boredom busters for teenage girls or just boredom busters for teenagers.
This activity requires skill and quick reflexes. Teenagers have tons of fun with this activity. You can even pick up real sport stacking cups or use any plastic cup!
Have an Airplane Race
When it comes to boredom busters for kids, there is nothing better than a good paper airplane race!
Give everyone the same type of paper and let them color and design their own paper airplanes.
They can even look up YouTube videos on how to make the best paper airplanes! Then, when everyone has them designed and ready, have a race to see who’s is the fastest or who’s goes the farthest.
Make a Mini Marshmallow Shooter
Do you have kids with lots of energy? Mine too!
Sometimes the best thing that we can do to combat boredom is to let them run around the backyard getting out as much energy as possible. The best way to do this is to make marshmallow shooters! Here is a great tutorial on how you can do that from Come Together Kids.
I find this to be an excellent boredom buster for kids because it involves getting really tired, creativity, and lots of fun!
It also makes for good boredom busters for teenagers because it’s similar to paintball, minus the pain of getting hit with a hardball full of paint.
Make Your Own Bubbles
When boredom strikes and you find yourself out of things such as bubbles, don’t worry! Some great kids boredom busters include making your own bubbles.
This is such a fun activity to do with the kids and it will entertain little for a long time! Here are two of my favorite homemade bubble recipes from DIY Network.
Another wonderful boredom buster for kids is painting rocks.
Painting rocks is such a fun activity and really requires the kids to use their imagination and creativity to make something new. The good part about this activity is that there are plenty of rocks around that they can paint!
This also fits well on the list of boredom busters for teenage girls because it is a great craft activity they can do while chatting with friends or listening to music.
Play Bullseye Bowling
This bullseye bowling activity is as easy as it sounds.
All you need is some tape and a ball. Use masking tape to make a giant bullseye on the floor and have your kids stand a good distance away.
Have them see if they can roll the ball in the middle of the bullseye! Talk about an easy and effective boredom buster for kids!
Make Homemade Playdough
Homemade playdough is a perfect boredom buster for kids. I usually have all the ingredients on hand which makes it so nice. Check out the recipe It’s a Mother Thing.
I find that this fits well on the list of boredom busters for teenage girls. Teenage girls often enjoy this mixing and making of something you can squeeze and play with.
Water Gun Painting
If your kids are messy, it might be a good idea to channel the mess into something different. Water gun painting from Somewhat Simple is a way to do just that. This project is so much fun for the kids and it allows them to be messy and creative without ruining the house!
This is one of the best boredom busters for teenagers! If you want boredom busters for teenage girls, show your girls how to paint in this fun and exciting way!
A great boredom buster for kids involves using their imaginations. All kids love playing pretend, especially when they get to be something as cool as a superhero! This no-sew pattern from It’s a Mother Thing is so easy! Having these capes around is an awesome lifesaver.
Play Board Games
When boredom strikes, don’t feel like you have to go out and buy a ton of things to entertain your kids. Sometimes the best kids boredom busters can be found in your own home! Board games always come in handy at my house.
Reading is so beneficial for children! Not only does it help their minds, but it also allows them to use their imagination in a more vivid and provoking manner. Reading is a great way to take care of boredom and help your children expand their minds. We have a great list of the best books for 2 year olds!
Create Your Own Book
Another easy and cheap thing that would be fun for kids is to make their own books. You only need paper, crayons, a stapler, and a big imagination for this one! Once your child finishes let them read the book to you or the whole family during dinner!
Exercise with Your Children
Exercise is a perfect activity when boredom strikes. Whether it is running around the neighborhood, shooting baskets or doing yoga find something your kids love doing.
Build a Fort
When I was younger, my siblings and I always made forts out of chairs, blankets, couch cushions, and pillows.
It was such a simple activity, but it was such fun. I still remember it vividly to this day! You could make a giant fort and then watch a movie inside of it. This is one of my favorite kids boredom busters!
Camping is a great way to fight boredom! Whether you go on a camping trip or choose to camping in the backyard or inside, kids love it! So grab some sleeping bags and have some fun!
If you want a fun and easy option for kids boredom busters, then this is the activity for you. This activity is easy, especially if you have sponges and paint on hand.
It’s as simple as it sounds, you just use the sponges to paint on paper. If your paint is watercolor or easily washable, you could always let your kids paint outside on the sidewalk and then spray it down later with the hose.
Puzzles are a great option when your kids say, “I’m bored” we even have a great list of the best two year old puzzles that your kids will love!
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Michele is a Family Life Educator with her degree in marriage and family studies. She is a mom to 5 kids and loves helping others strengthen their families! When she is not blogging she is spending time with her family and running around drinking Diet Coke trying to get everything done!