“What can we do?” “I’m BORED!” “There’s nothing to do!” Summer vacation begins here next week and while these might not be the statements heard next week I know that those days aren’t far off. I’m sure most parents know exactly what I’m talking about. It seems that the kids are always looking for ideas of what they can do to keep themselves entertained and busy once school is out. We’re not big on sitting in the house watching television or playing video games all day so we’ve made a list of things that can keep the kids busy. That list was transferred to sticks and into a cute “I’m Bored” Jar for those days when the kids just can’t seem to think of anything to do.
How To Make An I’m Bored Jar
- die cut shapes
- wooden popsicle sticks
- hot glue and glue gun
- mason jar
- paint pen or permanent marker
Begin by decorating your mason jar using the die cut shapes. You can find many adorable packs at the craft store for around $1. You could cut and print your own as well. The set I picked up had cute summery shapes and lovely sayings.
Next, make a list of ideas for the jar. I asked my kids to help come up with the list because I wanted the I’m Bored Jar to be full of things I know they love. We decided to make a few categories and made sure we had ideas for each. I used glue to attach fun cut outs with each category to the outside of the jar.
Our categories were:
What Can We Make? This is for crafts, cooking, baking and such.
Quiet Time Activities! This is for reading a book, coloring, drawing, writing in a journal and other activities the kids can do quietly and on their own.
Things We Can Do! This can be individual activities or things we do as a family like ride your bike, fly a kite, go for a walk, play catch, and so much more.
Once you’ve made your list begin writing them on the popsicle sticks using permanent marker or a paint pen.
After all of the sticks have been made attach a die cut shape to the top of each one using hot glue.
Place the kids activities idea sticks into your decorated mason jar and wait for the time to be right. It might not strike next week but you know it’s coming!
What are some activities you encourage your kids to do when the I’m Bored Bug bites?