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Next time your kid says ‘I’m Bored’, Here are 193 Things for Him to Do

193 things for a bored kid to do

My middle kid is always bored. We have a no TV or video game policy during the school week. We have found that when we let the eldest watch TV and play video games during the week, when he was a kid, that was all he wanted and lived to do. His school work did not come first and his work ethic suffered. As a result, we scaled back TV and video games and eventually banned them altogether Monday thru Thursday. But now the younger kids are having to suffer under the same policy.

So I hear “I’m bored” constantly from the middle kid who finishes his homework pretty quickly and is constantly on the hunt for something to do to occupy his very overactive mind. Thus, it was a no-brainer to get him and his eldest brother together to come up with a list. We also searched the Internet and found some ideas there too. Here is what we came up with:

  1. create a chore chart
  2. roller skate
  3. play with playdough
  4. have a jumping jacks contest
  5. ride your bike
  6. roller blade
  7. play basketball
  8. play board games
  9. make a tent out of blankets
  10. see how many times you can jump rope without tripping up
  11. read books
  12. make homemade play dough
  13. write a letter to a relative
  14. clean up your bedroom
  15. practice your soccer skills
  16. clean bathroom
  17. do a craft project
  18. make a self portrait
  19. take a nature walk
  20. paint a picture using oil sticks
  21. watch a movie
  22. make up a story and write it down
  23. explore the backyard or neighborhood using binoculars
  24. use magnifying glass
  25. use microscope to check out the molecular properties of objects
  26. go bird watching
  27. write a play
  28. find a play on line and act out scene from it
  29. ask mom to give you a list of relatives to call and check up on
  30. put on some music and dance
  31. play card games
  32. toss a ball outside
  33. practice hitting a baseball with a bat
  34. go on a hunt to find different kinds of rocks
  35. collect leaves and make impressions out of them, then color the leaves
  36. make a Frisbee out of old plastic lids and then toss them outside
  37. play office with old telephones or an old phone
  38. help a parent by dusting the house
  39. brush the pet
  40. write letters
  41. read a magazine
  42. play dress-up
  43. play Cowboys
  44. pick vegetables
  45. play outside with the pet
  46. build a fort in your rooms
  47. build a fort in the backyard
  48. do a jigsaw puzzle
  49. read a chapter book
  50. play educational games on the computer
  51. listen to a story or book on tape
  52. do school workbooks from past years you never go to finish
  53. do a crossword puzzle
  54. cook something with your mom
  55. prepare lunch
  56. surprise a neighbor with a good deed
  57. have a tea party with your dolls
  58. make up a lunch menu
  59. take your pet for a walk
  60. have a Teddy bear picnic
  61. play with toy cars
  62. play dolls
  63. play house
  64. collect bugs
  65. plant a garden or a pot
  66. collect seeds
  67. look for four-leaf clovers
  68. learn magic tricks
  69. put on a magic show
  70. plant a container garden
  71. make sock puppets
  72. put on a puppet show
  73. make your Christmas list
  74. decorate homemade wrapping papers
  75. make homemade gift cards
  76. make a crafty picture frame
  77. make a pot holder
  78. mall walk with your mom
  79. sew buttons in designs on old shirts
  80. run relay races
  81. make bookmarks
  82. take a nap
  83. take a shower or bath
  84. bathe a pet
  85. feed the birds or squirrels
  86. watch the clouds
  87. organize a dresser drawer
  88. clean under the bed
  89. help parents empty out the dishwasher
  90. vacuum under the couch cushions and keep any change found
  91. write these ideas on pieces of paper and pick out one or two to do
  92. practice musical instruments
  93. perform a family concert
  94. teach yourself to play musical instrument (recorder, harmonica, guitar)
  95. fold laundry
  96. sweep kitchen or bathroom floors
  97. sweep front walkway
  98. sweep or spray back patio
  99. sweep or spray driveway
  100. wash car
  101. vacuum car
  102. vacuum or dust window blinds
  103. clean bathroom mirrors
  104. go grocery shopping and help put items in the basket
  105. clean inside of car windows
  106. help clean the basement
  107. help clean out the garage
  108. play in the sandbox
  109. wash your bike
  110. work with clay
  111. copy your favorite book illustration
  112. design your own game
  113. build with blocks or Legos
  114. create a design box (copper wire, string, odds-and-ends of things destined for the garbage, pom-poms, thread, yarn, etc.)
  115. plan a neighborhood or family Olympics
  116. have a marble tournament
  117. paint a picture with lemon juice on white paper and hang it in a sunny window and see what happens in a few days
  118. finger paint with pudding
  119. make dessert
  120. make dinner
  121. give your pet a party
  122. paint the sidewalk with water
  123. start a nature diary
  124. have a read-a-thon with a friend or sibling
  125. have a neighborhood bike wash
  126. play flashlight tag
  127. play Kick the Can
  128. check out a science book and try some experiments
  129. make up a story
  130. arrange photo albums
  131. find bugs and start a collection
  132. do some stargazing
  133. decorate bikes or wagons and have a neighborhood parade
  134. play hide-and-seek
  135. create a symphony with bottles and pans and rubber bands
  136. read a story to a younger child
  137. find shapes in the clouds
  138. string dry noodles or O-shaped cereals into a necklace
  139. glue noodles into a design on paper
  140. play hopscotch
  141. play jacks
  142. make up a song
  143. make a teepee out of blankets
  144. write in your journal
  145. find an ant colony and spill some food and watch what happens
  146. play charades
  147. make up a story by drawing pictures
  148. draw a cartoon strip
  149. make a map of your bedroom, house or neighborhood
  150. call a friend
  151. cut pictures from old magazines and write a story
  152. make a collage using pictures cut from old magazines
  153. do a secret service for a neighbor
  154. plan a treasure hunt
  155. make a treasure map
  156. make up a “Bored List” of things to do
  157. plan a special activity for your family
  158. search your house for items made in other countries and then learn about those countries from the encyclopedia or online
  159. plan an imaginary trip to the moon
  160. plan an imaginary trip around the world, where would you want to go
  161. write a science-fiction story
  162. find a new pen pal
  163. make up a play using old clothes as costumes
  164. make up a game for practicing math facts
  165. have a Spelling Bee
  166. make up a game for practicing spelling
  167. surprise an elderly neighbor or relative by weeding his/her garden
  168. fingerpaint with shaving cream
  169. collect sticks and mud and build a bird’s nest
  170. write newspaper articles for a pretend newspaper
  171. put together a family newsletter
  172. write reviews of movies or plays or TV shows or concerts you see during the summer
  173. bake a cake
  174. bake a batch of cookies
  175. decorate a shoe box to hold your summer treasures
  176. make a hideout or clubhouse
  177. make paper airplanes
  178. have paper airplane races
  179. learn origami
  180. make an obstacle course in your backyard
  181. make friendship bracelets for your friends
  182. make a wind chime out of things headed for the garbage
  183. paint your face
  184. braid a doll’s hair
  185. play freeze tag
  186. make a sundial
  187. make food sculptures (from pretzels, gumdrops, string licorice, raisins, cream cheese, peanuts, peanut butter, etc.) and then eat it
  188. go to the planetareum
  189. start a kid’s club
  190. take a nap outside on your lawn
  191. produce a talent show
  192. memorize a poem

193.   recite a memorized poem for your family