How to Cure Your Boredom (for Kids)

Five Methods:Making thingsGames and contestsCreative funOutdoor funBugging others

Kids, do you ever complain to your Mom or Dad, "I'm bored!! What should I do?" And they reply with something that's even more boring than boredom in the first place? No need to worry any more, though; there are some great ideas for getting rid of your boredom.

Method 1
Making things

  1. 1
    Make homemade Play-Doh. Use some Play-Doh to make a mountain or a statue or something. Make a DIY thing, not a thing you copied from some website.
    • In a saucepan, add 2 cups water, 4 teaspoons oil, and food coloring (optional). In the same saucepan, add 2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, and 2 teaspoons alum.
    • Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until non-sticky. Let it cool on wax paper, then store it in a ziplock baggie in the fridge until you're ready to use it.
  2. 2
    Make your own newspaper. Write out a fake newspaper with events that happened in your family, and hand it out to all your family members. You can also show your newspaper to relatives and/or friends.
  3. 3
    Make a bird feeder.
    • Using an empty 2 liter (0.5 US gal) plastic soda bottle, cut a large hole in the center (it should be big enough for a bird to enter). Make a small hole beneath the opening and push a stick through so the birds can perch on it.
    • Fill the bottle with a little bit of birdseed, and tie a string around the neck of the bottle so you can hang it. If you have a bird feeder hanger with hooks to attach bird feeders to it, use that outside, or you can use a coat hanger. If you don't have either of those, hang your bird feeder from a tree branch.
  4. 4
    Create an art box to hold your artwork. The fun part is that you get to decorate it with construction paper, pom-poms, yarn, glitter, markers, and so on. You have the freedom to create anything!
  5. 5
    Make a bug keeping jar. Get a glass jar and use a circle of fabric with breathing holes in it for a lid. When you're using the jar, use a rubber band to attach the lid. Study ladybugs, ants, and all the crawly creatures of your backyard.

Method 2
Games and contests

  1. 1
    Invite your friends over for a candy hunt. Have each of them bring a Hershey's bar, Starburst, or any type of candy you can get at a store.
    • Take turns hiding the candy around the house for others to find. Be sure to say that once you find one piece of candy, you cannot hunt for more since it's unfair to the other players. At the end, lay out a blanket and enjoy your candy.
  2. 2
    Play Sardines (reverse hide-and-seek). One kid hides while the others try to find him. When a seeker finds the hider, instead of pointing him out, the seeker joins the hider. Once the last seeker finds the hider, a new game starts. Whoever found the hider first will be the new hider.
  3. 3
    Have a scavenger hunt. Have one friend write down some things you might find outside, such as a red/orange/yellow leaf, a stick in the shape of a letter, a certain color flower, etc. Try to find everything on the list, then write a new list for your friend and so on.
  4. 4
    Play flashlight tag at night. In flashlight tag, taggers use flashlights to find the runners and tag them. The first two people to be tagged will be the taggers in the next round.
  5. 5
    Have a paper airplane race. Make paper airplanes, and see who can get their plane to go the fastest and farthest. That person is the winner!

Method 3
Creative fun

  1. 1
    Read some books you thoroughly enjoy. Don't flip it quickly or skim it. Read every word thoroughly and do not choose a book that is boring, thick, adult, or not enjoyable for you. Choose a book like Harry Potter, Dork Diaries, Dumb Diaries, Madison Finn, How to survive middle school, or Lego novels. Don't choose gifted hands, Keep Fit in Ten Minutes, Bored Book, or just anything that is super boring, thick, not fun, and adult.
  2. 2
    Turn on your computer and play educational games , games that are fun and games that are age appropriate
  3. 3
    Color the blank cartoons in coloring books, not your usual books. Then you could decorate it with glitter glue, gel pens, and beautiful crayons.
  4. 4
    Put on a play for a family member. Meet up with friends and prepare costumes and props. It's okay to carry your lines with you when you do the play, it's just going to be your Mom or Dad.
  5. 5
    Have an indoor campout. Use a tent that doesn't need to be pegged into the ground and set it up in your bedroom or living room.
    • Fill a cooler with drinks and string white Christmas lights around the room to make stars! Fill the tent with sleeping bags and flashlights, turn the lights out, and tell spooky stories.
  6. 6
    Lie on your bed, thinking about your future. Will you become a famous scientist? Or a singer like Taylor Swift? Or think of your future friend.

Method 4
Outdoor fun

  1. 1
    Plant fruits or flowers. Remember to plant an apple tree in a reasonable spot that's not in the middle of the yard (in case it actually grows).
  2. 2
    Make your own beach. Spread some sand outside (you can find it at a pond, or you might be able to buy it) and add a Kiddie-Pool with umbrellas.
    • If you put a large amount of umbrellas up, your beach might be able to withstand rain. (Don't think you can leave this out during winter, unless you want to do some Kiddie-Ice-Skating.)

Method 5
Bugging others

  1. 1
    Annoy your siblings. Tell a sibling you're bored. Then they will start giving you options, so that means you are making progress. If this is happening, start getting comfortable. Just start talking to them, saying odd, boring or loud things; or say something combined. Just say it a lot of times. The next thing is that they will send you to annoy another family member, and that means you finally irritated them. It is very funny when you actually do it.
  2. 2
    Play pranks on your friends or family members. Find a good prank, set it up and wait for the fun to unravel. Have a camera ready for the priceless look on their faces!


  • Write all of these ideas on index cards and put the cards in a jar. When you're bored, pull one out and do it!
  • Dance around your room with your favorite tunes and just rock around your room busting out your newest Britney Spears and Beyonce moves.
  • Email and chat with your friends on mail. Never talk to strangers on mail!
  • Start and write a blog.
  • Practice an instrument.
  • Have a shower and make it fun.
  • Have a small nap.
  • Watch television.
  • Call a family member you haven't talked to in ages.

  • Don't do anything you shouldn't be doing, such as playing an online game with cursing people, starting a blog without asking your parents, or making a YouTube account when your parents don't want you to. Instead, do something crafty or play a board game. Your parents will be proud you're not on the computer.
  • Make your own comics.

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