Are you looking for some boredom buster ideas for your kids? Here is a set of boredom buster activity jars that you can make to help keep the kiddos busy during the summer, on rainy days, and on weekends.
In my last post, I told you about the chore jar that I created for my kiddo early this week. In my mission to keep him busy this summer, I have created a few more activity jars.
The next jar that I made was an exploration, which is more or less a summer bucket list jar.
Although this week marks the one year anniversary of our move from Ohio to North Texas, I still consider us to be Texas newbies. We have our favorite places that we will visit over the summer, but the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is ENORMOUS and we still have lots of exploring to do.
With the input of my kiddo and the help of a few travel guides, I sat down and compiled a list of places that we would like to visit this summer. I added each of the locations to the activity stick template and printed it out. I laminated the completed template, cut out the activities, and applied them to jumbo craft sticks with hot glue. I placed the completed activity sticks in a glass jar and I plan to visit the jar a few times a week with my kiddo to plan outings. The template is currently listed as a freebie on my TPT store.
Boredom Buster Jar
Sometimes it’s difficult for my kiddo to think of things to do besides watching TV or playing on the I-pad. For this, I created the boredom buster jar. This summer, I plan to send him to the boredom jar to get some ideas. Here are some of the activities that are in our boredom buster jar:
- Create a fort
- Make a city with blocks and cars
- Practice magic tricks
- Sweep the sidewalk
- Play Trouble
- Go bird watching in the neighborhood
- Make an arctic habitat
- Play Spot It
- Make up a dance routine
- Make a Lego maze
- Hunt for four leaf clovers
- Read a book to the dog
- Complete a puzzle
- Create a shape hunt video
- Create a painting on canvas
- Play with Wikki Stix
- Build a plastic cup tower
- Use the tower for Nerf gun target practice
- Play with sticky darts
- Design/draw a dog house for the dog
- Make a book
- Make a map of the house
- Use sidewalk chalk
- Complete a count-around-the-house scavenger hunt
- Create a scavenger hunt
Learning Activity Jar
The final jar I made was a learning activity jar. The sticks in this jar contained activities like reading, writing stores, creating maps, doing math worksheets, or other activities that supported my kiddo’s learning objectives.
The cool thing about the printable templates is that they can be completely customized to meet your needs. You can create a jar for each of your children, you can create different categories. Be as creative as possible. I would love to hear your ideas.
To find additional ideas for your boredom buster jar, visit my Summer Activities and Boredom Busters for Kids Pinterest board
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