Create 'Boredom Jars' With Your Kid

Photo: Meghan Moravcik Walbert

If you have kids, you know that kids get bored. I solidly believe that it’s good for kids to be bored sometimes, but there are also moments when you want to shake things up a bit and you’re feeling low on inspiration. When it’s been raining for three straight days and the words “I don’t know, read a book,” come out of your mouth yet again, it’s nice to be able to pick a new idea out of a hat. Or maybe a jar.

Now is a good time to sit with your kids and create “boredom jars” and fill them with activities for when things inevitably get boring. Brainstorm together, write down the ideas on small pieces of paper and tuck them away for a day when you need a little extra creativity.

Photo: Meghan Moravcik Walbert

I created two basic jars — one for indoor ideas and one for the great outdoors. But you could get even more specific to ensure you pick the right type of activity for just the right occasion. There might be days when you want them to go outside but stick to the backyard. Or maybe they’re stuck inside on a rainy day but you’re not in the mood to clean up a big mess. Pick jar categories accordingly.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Backyard Play

  • Let’s Get Messy

  • Exploration

  • Time to Bake (Fill with easy recipes made with ingredients you always keep on hand)

  • Family Outings

If you’re lucky, they’ll learn to start reaching for the jars before the “I’m bored” whining even begins.


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