Last school holidays I ended up writing a list of jobs my kids cold do and allocating them every time the ‘I’m bored’s got too many and began to drive me insane. It worked quite well, but when I saw Childhood 101’s parent smarter post about being prepared I knew that taking it a step further for the winter holidays was a smart move!
While I think a good dose of boredom is beneficial for my kids, even essential, sometimes it can really drive me bonkers when they are all wandering around doing nothing apart from annoying each other and fighting! And these school holidays my usual remedy of sending them all outside is not always going to be an option, given the cold wet weather we are expecting… so I am getting prepared now.
Together we are making a list of ideas, of boredom busters! We are including simple ideas, as well as more involved activities, and places we’d like to visit. We are including things we’ve done lots of times before, and things that are new to us. We are writing them all down and sticking them on the fridge where we can all see it. Now when someone is at a loose end they can check out the list and pick something!
If you are planning on getting prepared too you can download and print out free boredom buster list here. There is also a free printable weekly planner to help you stay organised, and make sure you find time to do the things that you really want to do these holidays.
To get you started, here is a list of boredom busting activities for 5-12 year olds that we’ve collected (most of the activities will work for younger kids with some support too).
If you have younger kids pop over to Childhood101 for a matching list of boredom busting activities for preschoolers!
Art and Craft Ideas
Learning to Sew – Sewing Sheets from Skip to My Lou.
Marbled Milk Paper from Babble Dabble Do
Origami, use our free printable paper if you don’t have any handy.
Make a string bowl from Laughing Kids Learn
Drawing, lots and lots of drawing.
Make muffins from an easy homemade muffin mix.
Easy Apple and Oat Pancakes.
Find lots more kid-friendly recipes and tips for cooking with kids here.
Things to do Inside
Flying Egg Carton Helicopter from How Wee Learn
Make a cubby house or a blanket fort!
One Ingredient Slime from Blog Me Mom
Lego Challenge! Frugal Fun for Boys posts a challenge every week for Lego Fun Friday!
Make a paper rocket.
Make a paper whistle from WhiMSy Love
Things to do Outside
Paper Airplane Launcher from Frugal Fun for Boys.
Rainy Day Painting from Little Page Turners.
Geocaching from TChildhood101
Slacklining from Imagination Soup
Bonfire or backyard campfire with campfire cones from Kids Activity Blog.
Places to Visit
The zoo or Aquarium! We’d like to visit Healesville Sanctuary.
Museums, galleries or exhibitions. We are hoping to visit ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) and see the Dreamworks exhibition.
The park, we might make some kites to take with us.
The beach, I know it is cold here but the beach can be awesome in winter! We might make this nifty underwater magnifying glass from One Time Through.
The library, there are still a few books on this list of books for tweens we have not read!
Card Games for Kids from Creative with Kids
Dinner at a restaurant!
Flash Light Games from A Mom With a Lesson Plan
Movie night! Great tips from Childhood101.
Funny Bunny Faces Game from House A Forest.
That should keep us busy for a while!
Don’t forget to visit Childhood101 for more boredom buster ideas!