Help solve your kids’ boredom ruts with a sweet, fun, easy, creative, interactive solution with what we call “Boredom Busters” game! We have preferred this over television and video games – this gives them the opportunity to cure their boredom by being creative and having active play.
The best part is that there are over 200+ ideas to help your kids have healthy fun during their “free-time.”
We are all about frugal fun and this game also accomplishes this! Our kids have had the best summer yet by incorporating these ideas into their everyday play. There is something so rewarding to see, watch and inspire your children to have fun and healthy play time! It is so rewarding for you and for them!
So if you want to get your kids off the couch and out from in front of the screen, then keep reading!
How does this work?
Well, quite simple really. We have created the cards for you to print and laminate and cut apart, just like the bag chores. We suggest that you go through the cards before placing them in the bag as some items are only for bigger kids, some for smaller, some you just may simply not like or want your kids to do, or maybe you don’t have on hand or want to buy the supplies needed for other items. Either way, only include the ones you want for your kids and even add any on the blank cards that would be specific to your family.
Here are some examples of the boredom busters in the bag:
- Write a letter to a friend
- Learn some new jokes
- Make a marble run
- Create a box car
- Act out a book
- Pom Pom Patterns
Now there are the common ones too, like “go read for 30 minutes.” And we even have some of the ones you would call the “sorry” cards that say something like “go pick 30 weeds” or “sweep and outdoor area,” because no game is complete without the sorry cards. 🙂
The next thing to do is to grab a box and collect the items needed for the activities in the bag. Many of the items needed cover a few different activities. Plus you can add some of your own creativity with it! Many of the items are probably going to be found around your home and most of the rest can be purchased at the dollar store or Walmart.
Then, we’ve also included a short little booklet that gives further instructions/recipes for some of the items that need a quick explanation.
With that, you have your complete Boredom Busters Game that can be used most any time of the year. Many of the items are for all year, but when the seasons change, just add and take away activities appropriate for that season!
Then, when the kids are “bored,” they draw a card out and they can’t say to you “I don’t want to do that” as it is out of your control, but they are just randomly picking. So it helps to minimize whining and helps the creative juices flow!
Also, there is a page full of “sorry” cards. This would work well with extra chores you have around your home, and even better to couple it with the “bag chores” game. We made a full page of these, but add as many or little as you want to your bored bag game.
As you prepare your Boredom Busters “Bored” Game, here’s a few resources for you with links to further information – this is only a fraction of the ideas because there are over 200 ideas, but you will find all of them on the printable game pieces.
Here’s some links to some YouTube videos for instructions on some of the items:
Now it’s time to share the printables with you so that you can make your own!
|<== Download your printable Bag Tag HERE|
|<== Download your printable Game Pieces HERE|
|<== Download your printable Blank Game Pieces HERE|
|<== Download your printable Instructions Sheets HERE|
|<== Download your printable Shopping List HERE|
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