How to Beat Boredom

By: Value News | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: April 2020

Say, “NO,” to those words, “I’m Bored!” There are always creative things that we can do at home. You just need to put some thought and imagination into your day.  Listed below are creative, enjoyable, mischievous, practical and relaxing ideas to entertain yourself and family without spending any or very little money. Enjoy!

1. Decorate Easter eggs.

2. Break out a good book. The Bible is always good; and for other helpful suggestions and reviews, check out a website like goodreads.com. 

3. Start a new hobby. A few ideas include knitting, stained glass, Soduku and fiction writing.

4. Try a new recipe. The possibilities are endless on Pinterest.

5. Do a puzzle. It’s a little old-school, but still fun.

6. Pull out some old board games or a pack of cards.

7. Engage in some pre-spring cleaning.

8. Rearrange your furniture. Sometimes a few moves is all it takes to make your place look new.

9. Tackle a home improvement project. 10. Plan your summer vacation.

11. Have a movie and popcorn night. Dig out an old favorite or stream or rent something new.

12. Research your family history and create a family tree.

13. Write a letter to touch base with an old friend or family member. Everyone loves getting an actual letter that’s not a bill or solicitation.

14. Watch the newest season of your favorite show on Netflix.

15. Go for a walk, even a 15-minute one.

16. Go out and shovel and clean out your flower beds for spring planting. It’s a great workout!

17. Try an outdoor activity like fishing using a tree limb, string and bread ball.

18. Have a spitball fight and rediscover a great use for your straws and paper!

19. Volunteer your time at a local nonprofit or animal shelter.

20. Have a Tele-Party.

21. Have a costume night.

22. Go on a picnic; or throw an indoor picnic.

23. Make your own ‘News’ video with your smart phone.

24. Have an indoor/outdoor scavenger hunt.

25. Plant some seedlings.

26. Have a “Movie Night” indoor party.

27. Learn to do nail art.

28. Film a cooking show.

29. Make Christmas cards.

30. Make a Scarecrow. Use newspaper and or paper towels for stuffing if straw is unavailable.

31. Have a Karaoke night.

32. Play with Lego; yep they’re fun for adults too!

33. Make jewelry using some of your no-longer-worn costume jewelry.

34. Create an English tea party for just you or the family too.

35. Plant bulbs.

36. Have a water balloon fight.

37. Learn yoga.

38. Invent a writing code.

39. Have a photo shoot.

40. Learn calligraphy.

41. Invent your own board game.

42. Have a spa night.

43. Play charades.

44. Make a family scrapbook.

45. List creative ways to say “Thank You”.

46. Learn to juggle.

47. Create a new dance.

48. Watch wildlife.

49. Make some bread.

50. Organize a budget food contest; rules are to create a dish under $10.00. 

51. Go on a YouTube marathon watching free movies.

52. Play free online games.

53. Search Wikipedia.

54. Play pen & pencil games; hangman, tic tac toe, etc.

55. Play a sentence game.

56. Learn Origami.

57. Learn about essential oils.

58. Give yourselves his and her facials.

59. Take a bubble bath.

60. Learn how to give a massage.

61. List your bad habits and a plan to break them.

62. Make a kite.

63. Color code your bookshelf.

64. Clean your car.

65. Create a vision board.

66. Start an Instagram page for your pet.

67. Sage your house.

68. Take a nap.

69. Write poetry.

70. Play a video game.

71. Read a magazine.  Value News Magazine is a good choice.

72. Draw or paint a picture.

73. Practice creative writing.

74. Play with your pet.

75. Listen to the radio or podcasts.

76. Learn a foreign language.

77. Take an online course.

78. Clean the refrigerator

79. Redo the lighting in the room you spend the most time in.

80. Refresh yourself on astronomy.

81. Use your hand weights.

82. Make a terrarium.

83. Download an app you’ve been curious about.

84. Learn an instrument.

85. Create a new Pinterest board.

86. Delete apps you don’t use from your phone.

87. Talk to your plants.

88. Prep your meals for a week.

89. Light incense and meditate.

90. Turn the lights off and watch a scary movie.

91. Color-code your closet.

92. Plan a fun weekend.

93. Study a map.

94. Stretch.

95. Organize your vitamin cabinet.

96. Clean up your email inbox.

97. Sew something.

98. Collect items throughout your home to donate.

99. Practice singing.

100. 20 Amazing places you can visit without leaving home - TravelZoo.com/blog

101. Create a new special space for the family pet.

102. Organize your bathroom cabinets.

103. Watch (and try) YouTube tutorials.

104. Make a seasonal wreath.

105. Dust off your outdoor space.

106. Cook something new.

107. Start a blog.

108. Hang up a piece of art.

109. Make a bucket list.

110. Exercise.

111. Eat cake batter.

112. Make soup.

113. Play your favorite song on repeat until you know all of the words.

114. Have a joke contest tele-party.

115. Make a list of things you like and don’t like.

116. Design a life you will love.

101 Kids Activities to do at Home - EntertainKidsOnADime.com

1. Laundry Basket Ski Ball www.frugalfun4boys.com/laundry-basket-skee-ball-with-ball-pit-balls

2. Make Duct Take Bracelet www.the-gingerbread-house.co.uk/2015/01/23/simple-duck-tape-bracelets/

3. Make a Life-Size Indoor Board Game http://www.toddlerapproved.com/2011/07/escape-volcano-shape-game.html?m=1

4. Coloring Contest - Put out paper and markers. For each “round” give your children a theme like an amusement park or their dream house.

5. Make Soap Clouds http://ourbestbites.com/2012/04/kitchen-craft-soap-clouds-and-homemade-kiddie-tub-soaps/

6. Crayon sand Paper T-Shirts http://alphamom.com/family-fun/crafts/sandpaper-printed-t-shirt/

7. Glow Sticks Dance Party - Go to the Dollarstore and buy some fun glow sticks, turn off the lights, and blast some music!

8. Make Balloon Rockets http://discoverexplorelearn.com/balloon-rockets/

9. Family Car Race http://tpcraft.blogspot.ca/2011/02/toilet-paper-roll-race-car.html?m=1

10. Make a Marshmallow Shooter

http://www.cometogetherkids.com/2011/09/mini-marshmallow-shooters-or-pom-pom.html?m=1

11. Glow in the Dark Bowling

https://babygizmo.com/glow-in-the-dark-night-time-bowling

12. Make Playdough Mats -This will keep the little ones busy for a long time! http://picklebums.com/2014/07/22/fun-food-play-dough-mats/#_a5y_p=2110571

13. Fairy Mason Jars

https://diyjoy.com/crafts-for-teens-diy-mason-jar-lights/

14. Tie-Dye Baby Wipes

https://www.icanteachmychild.com/easy-tie-dye-art-with-baby-wipes/

15. Cardboard Light Tunnel

http://homespunaesthetic.com/2013/05/diy-light-tunnel-for-your-kiddos.html

16. Bubble Wrap Road https://www.sunnydayfamily.com/2015/01/bubble-wrap-road.html

17. Make a Retro Theme Day

18. Make a Cotton Swab Painting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjjO36l7gYo&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1jc3Ol6-oMHTc5Y7ob1YB4QKQ_4GDpwJluhMzC9kKZNGqjVHTUTX_fjOw

19. Frozen Rice Play

http://theimaginationtree.com/2013/07/ocean-sensory-tray-with-frozen-rice.html

20. The Floor is Lava Game

https://handsonaswegrow.com/floor-is-lava/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

21. Secret Message Activity

www.simplyoutrageousyouth.org/2019/10/10/secret-message-activity-for-kids/

22. Put on a Magic Show

Learn magic tricks and show family and friends. https://www.funology.com/funology-magic-tricks/

23. Balloon Pop Rocks Experiment

Do the Balloon Fizz Science Experiment

23. Make Cupcakes

24. Hide and Go Seek in the Dark - Play Hide & Seek with the lights off using glow bracelets.

25. Mock Camping Trip - Use a play tent, sleeping bags or blankets, and flashlights. You can eat dinner in your tent and sing camp songs.

26. Make a “Restaurant” Dinner

Have your kids help you make dinner. Create menus with them to decorate and serve your spouse or neighbors.

27. DIY Giant Paper Airplane

http://m.instructables.com/id/Giant-Paper-Airplane/

28. Make a Collage - Make a collage with magazine pages or family photos.

29. Make Musical Instruments -

Find items around the house and construct different instruments. This teaches kids how to recycle waste into something useful and fun.

https://makingmulticulturalmusic.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/14-world-music-instruments-that-can-be-made-from-recycled-materials/

30. Make Chalk Board Slime

www.babbledabbledo.com/artsy-slime-recipe-chalkboard-slime/

31. Salad Spinner Art - You can purchase a salad spinner at The Dollarama. http://theimaginationtree.com/2010/09/salad-spinner-art.html

32. Make Homemade Jam - http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1511719/homemade-raspberry-jam

33. Make a Time Capsule

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Time-Capsule-Resources-255339

34. Do Jigsaw Puzzles - You can purchase puzzles at Dollarama for $2-$3

35. Make a Sun Catcher

http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/16045/glass-gem-sun-catcher-craft

36. Watch Home Movies (ie. Mom & Dad’s Wedding, Baby Videos.)

37. Decorate with Puffy Paint

The Dollarama sells Puffy Paint in the art section and you can purchase a top or a hat to decorate. Make sure you let it completely dry before wearing it.

38. Make Indoor Skis

www.playtivities.com/skiing-home-homemade-skis/

39. Make Ice Cream in a Bag

https://www.food.com/recipe/homemade-ice-cream-in-a-bag-34257#activity-feed

40. Make No-Sew Scrunchies

https://snapguide.com/guides/make-a-no-sew-hair-scrunchie/

41. Potato Stamping http://www.firstpalette.com/Craft_themes/Colors/Potato_Stamps/Potato_Stamps.html

42. Build a Village out of Blocks or Lego

43. Make a DJ Dance Party - Go to the dollar store and get glow sticks! Dress your kids in light colors. Close the blinds and the lights and activate their glow sticks. Put on their favorite songs and have them dance.

44. Make a Snow Storm in a Jar

www.mombrite.com/snowstorm-in-a-jar/

45. Make a Clear Water Bead Slime www.hellowonderful.co/post/how-to-make-water-bead-slime/

46. Paper Plate Marble Track

http://frugalfun4boys.com/2012/09/05/paper-plate-marble-track/

47. Create a Jelly Fish Discovery Bottle

www.steamsational.com/jellyfish-discovery-bottle/

48. Hot Glue Gun Crafts

www.youtube.com/watch?v=VS8TU37YFks

49. Make Ice Eggs - http://alittlelearningfortwo.blogspot.ca/2011/09/ice-eggs.html?m=1

50. Make a Felt Car Play Mat

https://tipjunkie.com/projects/felt-car-play-mat-house/

51. Easy Science Experiments for Kids

www.youtube.com/watch?v=McVpXiSttnU

52. Create a Foosball Table

www.thecardswedrew.com/kids-summer-craft-diy-foosball-table/

53. Shaving Cream Rainbow Art

https://www.hellowonderful.co/post/rainbow-shaving-cream-marbled-art/

54. Puffy Paint Ice Cream Art

https://www.craftymorning.com/puffy-paint-ice-cream-cones-craft-kids/

55. Marker Recycling Paint Craft

https://www.hellowonderful.co/post/recycle-markers-into-watercolor-paint/

56. Mason Jar Aquariums

https://thetiptoefairy.com/light-up-mason-jar-aquariums/

57. Indoor Hopscotch

https://www.prettyhandygirl.com/indoor-hopscotch-using-painters-tape/

58. Make a Scavenger Hunt

https://www.care.com/a/8-scavenger-hunt-ideas-for-kids-131030133254

59. DIY Crayon Candles

https://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2009/04/naptime-creation-recycle.html

60. DIY Lava Lamp

https://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/homemade-lava-lamp-density-science-experiment/

61. Board Game Night

62. Create Your Own Bookmarks

http://www.playideas.com/25-diy-bookmarks-for-kids/

63. Salt Art Fireworks

https://www.muminthemadhouse.com/salt-art-fireworks/

64. Make a Coffee Filter Earth

https://www.muminthemadhouse.com/coffee-filter-stained-glass-earth/

65. Make Fake Snow

http://mommasfunworld.blogspot.com/2013/01/fake-sensory-snow-that-feels-real.html?m=1

66. Homemade Volcanos

https://www.muminthemadhouse.com/childrens-craft-showcase-volcanos

67. Flower Pot Craft

https://entertainkidsonadime.com/tag/flower-pot/

68. Make a Video - Bust out your cell phone or iPad, get your children to make a play. Have them practice it a bunch of times. Find or make some costumes and have them perform their play on the video. You can put it on the computer for them to watch.

69. Cardboard Box Creations

Take your children to the grocery or drug store and ask for extra used boxes.

Here are some cool ideas you can do with cardboard boxes: http://www.designdazzle.com/2013/09/15-cardboard-creations-to-make-for-kids/

70. Play Tic Tac Toe, Hang Man, Mash, and Other Paper Games - https://www.facebook.com/EKOADCOMMUNITY/videos/304720740235247

71. Nature Art - Let your kids run around your front or back yard  and collect items in nature (ie. leaves, sticks, rocks, flowers.) Give them bristol board and glue and have them make abstract art using their findings.

72. Make Smores

Safely microwave your marshmallows.

73. Make a Playing Card Castle

74. Make Pizza

75. Science Experiments

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/experiments.html

76. Relay Races

You can create some games to play:

* Potato Sack Races (using garbage bags or pillowcases.

* 3 Legged Race using Socks or Shoe Laces

* Spoon Race (holding a ping pong ball or egg.

77. Make Edible PlayDough

https://entertainkidsonadime.com/2014/03/26/easy-play-dough-recipes/

78. Create Your own Shrinky Dinks https://www.curbly.com/m/make-diy-shrinky-dinks

79. Make an Aquarium

All you need is two paper plates (cut out the middle of one., glue, googly eyes, foam, blue paint, saran wrap and rocks from outside.

80. Homemade Tap Shoes - Tape nickels to the bottom of your kid’s running shoes and you’ve got a pair of tap shoes.

81. Make Ocean Slime

www.naturalbeachliving.com/ocean-slime/

82. Color Changing Chameleon Experiment - www.thedadlab.com/colour-changing-chameleon/

83. Make Frozen Yogurt Bites

https://www.muminthemadhouse.com/frozen-fruity-yoghurt-bites/

84. Candle Decorating  https://see.news/decorating-with-candles-15-ideas

85. Create a Comic Bookhttps://redtri.com/diy-comic-strip-for-kids/

86. Magic Water Tricks - www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Fsf0pCFTs8

87. Edible Pretzel Log Cabin

https://www.kiwico.com/diy/Arts-and-Crafts-Projects/1/project/Pretzel-Log-Cabin/1045?utm_term=35W3d63lVxyOWCAwUx0Mo38WUknSyT1BrXm00c0&utm_campaign=10079&utm_medium=AFF&utm_source=Ignite&affsrc=1

88. Disney Pictionary

www.bombshellbling.com/family-adventure-series-disney-pictionary/

89. Play Shark - All you need is a folded ironing board to be your boat. Keep the kids on the boat. If they fall off, they get “eaten” by the Shark, which Mom or Dad can play!

90. Paper Towel Roll Cars

www.alittlepinchofperfect.com/toilet-paper-roll-car-craf/#_a5y_p=4231042

91. Edible Kool-Aid Slime - www.growingajeweledrose.com/2014/02/edible-slime-recipe-kool-aid-slime.html

92. Make Sand Bucket Minions

http://frugalfun4boys.com/2015/05/13/minions-sand-buckets-with-a-free-printable-pattern/

93. Have a Card Game Tournament

http://www.todaysparent.com/family/activities/10-kid-friendly-card-games/

94. Make a High Tea Party

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/how-throw-afternoon-tea-party

95. Color Shoes or Sandals with Sharpies

https://craftwhack.com/sharpie-shoes/

96. Make Your own Mad Libs

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Your-Own-Mad-Lib

97. Exploding Bags Experiment

This one is messy but a lot of fun!

98. Make a Pet Rock

Pick a rock outside. Let the kids paint them, decorate them.

99. Sumo Wrestling Match

Make the kids are supervised during this one. http://allfortheboys.com/home/2012/2/2/sumo-boys.html

100. Make a Lego Night Light

http://frugalfun4boys.com/2015/05/07/how-to-build-a-lego-night-light/

101. Take a Virtual Field Trip FreedomHomeSchooling.com


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