If you’ve ever felt helpless and out of ideas for your children on a Sunday night, this is the article for you. Fight Sunday boredom with these fresh ideas and inspiration to keep your kids busy, having fun, and tired by bedtime!
Sundays are Special
Sundays in our home are special days. We got to church and we spend time as a family.
It is different in the sense too that we aren’t out doing yard work, out and about running errands and doing whatever comes to mind.
We use this as our restful day from the week when we think about all the wonderful things and blessings we have been given in our lives.
But Sundays tend to be “boring days” for the kids. By the end of the night, they are ready to be out and about running and playing all over the house without a care in the world.
So when Sunday boredom strikes, what do you do?
How to Fight Sunday Boredom
We’ve all been there when our kids are bored, so how do you fight Sunday Boredom before the kids start complaining they have nothing to do?
Thankfully we have compiled a list of the best Sunday Boredom activities to help fight Sunday boredom and keep your family, happy, having fun, and loving spending time together!
Is it ok to be bored?
Is it ok to be bored? I think this is the old age question.
But the truth to that question is that kids get bored.
In fact, it is becoming more and more common with technology and media that kids get bored more often because they are used to being constantly entertained with something.
Boredom can be good for kids. It forces them to learn independence and to create their own activities.
How do I help my kids deal with boredom?
Sometimes it’s ok to let your kids just be bored. You can have them go find their own activities and fun. But, you can also intervene and give a few activity ideas that promote learning and creativity.
You don’t always have to give your child an activity to do when they say they’re bored.
You can push them in a certain direction though by nudging “It looks nice outside! It would be fun to play out there!” or “I could use another one of your drawings on my fridge”.
It’s also not bad to give your kids activities to do if you have some good ones on hand. And luckily for you, we have 11 great activities to fight Sunday Boredom.
Sunday Boredom Activities
Play a Family Sport Outside
If the weather is nice, one of the best things you can do is play a family sport together outside.
Kickball is an excellent choice because it’s easy, everyone is moving, and it’s really fun. You could also opt to play baseball, soccer, basketball, or tennis/racketball.
Finding a park that has these amenities is key. You can easily find parks with basketball courts, a large grassy field, or a tennis court or racketball court. There are tons of options out there!
Build a Fort Together
If the weather isn’t too nice outside have some Rainy Day Boredom Ideas for Kids on hand! One of those ideas is to build a fort together!
You can stay inside and make a fort. Be creative and don’t be afraid to make it big! You can use blankets, pillows, cushions, and sheets to make the ultimate fort that your kids will always remember.
Once your fort is made and ready to go, have a movie party together with popcorn and pajamas and watch one of the best rainy day movies as a family!
Have a Dancy Party
If your kids are younger, this is an excellent way to spontaneously bust boredom. There is nothing that kids love more than dancing around and having fun!
You can also organize it to make it more fun and engaging. Have two people do a “dance-off” with each other and let the others vote on who won!
You can also teach them new dance moves from YouTube or find a popular dance and learn the steps to it.
Put on a Play
If you’re trying to help your kids be more creative, or if you have a particularly creative child, have them write and organize their own play. They have the opportunity to write, organize, choose the correct costumes, and direct how they want their play to go. This is a great way to have your child use their brain while they play. And it really does inspire creativity and supports independence in your child.
Create a Vision or Gratitude Board
If you have old magazines you need to get rid of in your house, this is the perfect activity for you! Let your kids flip through old magazines and cut out the pictures they really like or have them look for things they are grateful for.
Then they can paste all their pictures on a poster board to put in their room or to show the family.
This activity is another great way to get your kids thinking and to keep them creative. Plus you win by making use out of all those old magazines you have laying around!
Write Letters to Loved Ones
If you have parents, siblings, or cousins that live far away, this is an excellent Sunday boredom activity.
Have your children write letters (or just draw pictures) to those that live far away. This can be a fun and exciting activity if you all take a walk together to the mailbox to drop the letters off after you’ve finished!
This activity is also really great because it keeps your kids thinking about those that live far away and strengthens their relationships with them.
Meal Plan Together
If you’re anything like me, you tend to dread meal planning, but meal planning doesn’t have to be hard especially with this Family Meal Planner Printable.
If you are looking for something to do with your children, have them help you meal plan.
They can also do it by themselves if you give them a list, a pencil, and ask them to plan their lunches at school for the week. This is a great way to get them thinking about food and how it has to be prepared.
After they’ve got everything planned, they can start to pack a few lunches to keep in the fridge so in the morning they can just grab and go and you don’t have to worry about anything! Win-win!
“When I Grow Up” Activity
Kids love thinking about what they can be when they grow up. The opportunities are endless and they have a chance to explore what they like and are interested in without too much worry about money.
Have your child make a poster of what they want to be when they grow up, have them include what they will do in this job, draw a picture of them doing this, and include a back-up option (just in case!)
This is another activity that is a great way to keep your kids thinking and planning. Kids who plan and expect future things are generally better prepared and have a higher motivation to reach that goal.
Do an Online Yoga/Exercise Class
YouTube is invaluable for many reasons, but if you have high-energy kids it may just come to be your saving grace.
If you need to concentrate your kid’s energy on something, put on a good yoga or workout video for kids, and let them burn themselves out.
All you need to do is search on YouTube “Yoga for Kids” or “Workouts for kids” and choose whatever one you think will be best for your children. There are literally loads of options.
Go on a Family Bike Ride
One of the best ways to fight Sunday boredom is by going on a bike ride.
Going for a family bike ride is a great way to teach your kids how to safely ride their bikes outside. (teaching them not to ride on the road, looking for cars, wearing a helmet, etc.)
This is also a great way for you to stay active and be healthy.
Who’s Most Likely
Games are a great way to spend time on Sundays. So grab our Who’s Most Likely to game and have fun playing games as a family!
Other Ways to Fight Sunday Boredom
- Do family history
- Draw a picture
- Read a book
- Make up a story
- Play the piano
- Make S’mores
- Build a Fire
- Make dessert
- Do a craft
- Write in your journal
- Do an act of service for someone in your house
- Visit the elderly
- Take a nap
- Play a 2 player card game with a sibling
- Play Truth or Dare for Kids
- Play Never Have I Ever for Kids
- Go for a family walk
- Play games as a family
- Memorize something you love
- Plan a family vacation
- Do puzzles (we have some great puzzles for 2 year olds!)
- Plan a themed dinner
- Help in the kitchen
- Play charades
- Draw with sidewalk chalk outside
- Watch the sunset
- Learn a new song
- Go on a picnic
- Fly kites
- Make playdoh
- Take a bubble bath
- Make a paper chain for something you are looking forward to
- Go on a scavenger hunt
- Make a bucket list or find a bucket list
- Design a crown
- Find a stick in the yard and make a DIY Wand
- Play Bingo with free printable bingo games
- Get to know each other better with Family Conversation cards
- Blow bubbles
- Have a backyard picnic
- Learn a new skill (juggle, sew, yo-yo)
- Play Seek it
- Study the bible
- Play balloon tennis
- Jump rope / double jump
- 4 square with your family
- Make your own pizzas for dinner
- Make a gratitude list
- Write a thank-you note
- Make a treat for your neighbors
- Make a budget
- Find shapes in the clouds
- Make your own board game
- Make friendship bracelets
- Go on a nature hunt
- Plant a garden/flowers
- Make a treasure map
- Have an egg and spoon race
- Play marbles
- Have a puppet show
- Practice your handwriting
- Teach your little brother/sister a new skill
- Make a collage
- Build with Legos
- Create a comic strip
- Learn a new language
- Learn sign language
Well, there you have it, 75+ Sunday Boredom Busters to fight Sunday boredom!
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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!