How to Make An ‘I’m Bored’ Jar

Muuummmmmm, I’m bored…

Yeah.  We’ve heard these infamous words before.  Kids of all generations are known to utter these words, especially during the school holidays when they have time on their hands. The thing is, it is GOOD for kids to be bored… but if they are driving you mental, here is an easy way to make an ‘I’m Bored’ jar.

What you will need:

Write your twenty ideas on the end of each paddle pop stick and place them word-side down in the jar.  As soon as you hear those ‘infamous’ words… ‘I’m Bored’, ask your child to take one and complete the task.

I’ve included some fun things, some chores and some outings.  I’ve put some suggestions below, but tailor the suggestions to your child and situation.


  • Help with the washing up
  • Tidy your bedroom
  • Walk the dog (age appropriate)
  • Wash the dog
  • Sort out your bookshelf
  • Empty the dishwasher
  • Sweep the house
  • Pick up any toys on the lawn.
  • Water the plants.

Outings and Activities:

  • Go to the local library
  • Organise a trip to the park
  • Call a friend and ask them to come over for a play
  • Go to the beach.
  • Go fishing
  • Go swimming at the local pool
  • Climb a tree
  • Fly a kite
  • Set up a tent in the back yard.

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Things to Do at Home:

  • Read a book
  • Tidy your bedroom
  • Bake cupcakes (with a grown-up)
  • Make some play dough
  • Watch a movie
  • Play a board game
  • Play on the trampoline
  • Draw with chalk
  • Build a fort in the lounge room
  • Ride your bike
  • Have a water balloon fight
  • Make a bookmark.
  • Wash the car.
  • Dance to your favourite song
  • Bake some biscuits.
  • Make a pet rock.
  • Learn how to count to ten in another language
  • Build a Lego town

Do you have more activities to add to the I’m Bored Jar list?

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