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Summer Bored Jar

Summertime Boredom Buster!

When children are bored, they might struggle to come up with ideas on their own. A bored jar provides a structured way to choose an activity, offering numerous options they might not have thought of independently. This can reduce frustration and indecision. 

Here is a Step-by-Step Guide:

  • Get a Jar: Choose a large mason jar, a decorative container, or even a simple box.
  • Decorate the Jar: Let the children help decorate the jar with stickers, paint, or markers to make it fun and inviting.
  • Prepare the Slips: Cut out slips of paper or use colorful index cards to write down the activities.
Check out some ideas for activities!

Consider categorizing the activities by different themes or time requirements.

Outdoor Activities

Go on a nature scavenger hunt.

Have a water balloon fight.

Create a backyard obstacle course.

Go for a bike ride.

Have a picnic at the park.

Plant flowers or vegetables in the garden.

Build a fort with sticks and leaves.

Fly a kite.

Go to the beach or a nearby lake.

Have a backyard camping night.

Creative Activities

Make homemade playdough.

Paint rocks to make garden markers.

Create a scrapbook.

Build a cardboard box city.

Make a bird feeder.

Craft with recycled materials.

Make friendship bracelets.

Put on a puppet show.

Create a family mural.

Do a puzzle.

Indoor Activities

Have a movie marathon.

Bake cookies or cupcakes.

Build a pillow fort.

Play a board game.

Have a dance party.

Create a treasure hunt.

Try a science experiment.

Read a book together.

Do a jigsaw puzzle.

Learn a new card game.

Acts of Kindness

Make a card for a neighbor or friend.

Bake treats and deliver them to neighbors.

Donate old toys to a local charity.

Pick up litter in the neighborhood.

Help a neighbor with their yard work.

Write thank-you notes to community helpers.

Create a care package for a friend.

Donate food to a food bank.

Volunteer at an animal shelter.

Plan a surprise for a family member.

Learning Activities

Visit a museum (virtual or in-person).

Write and illustrate a story.

Learn a few words in a new language.

Create a family tree.

Conduct a simple science experiment.

Visit the library and pick out new books.

Do a math scavenger hunt.

Practice writing letters to family members.

Explore a new hobby (knitting, origami, etc.).

Learn about a new country and its culture.

FINAL TOUCHES

Mix Up the Activities: Fold the slips and place them in the jar.

Set Rules: Decide on the rules for picking an activity. For example, how often they can pick and if they can put one back if they don’t like it.

Decorate the Slips: Use different colors or stickers to make the slips more appealing.

Idea: Choose a different color for each category of activities. This will allow you to decide which category to have the children choose from based on the weather!

By preparing a diverse range of activities, you’ll ensure that your kids stay entertained and engaged throughout the summer.