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MOM… I’m Bored

May 21, 2012

Oh, there are two words that every mom dreads when she hears them.  I am blessed to be with my kids all day, but the words, “I’m bored,” are two words that I absolutely dread to hear.  I want to look at my kids and say, “Are you serious, with all the toys you have you are bored?  Really, use your imagination and be creative.”  Oh wait, I have told them to use their imagination and to be creative.

Summer is coming and school is almost done.  So, what are we going to do to combat the dreaded words?  Well, I saw this idea on Pinterest and actually combined the ideas of three pins plus a few of my own to create our basket of activity sticks.





In the first pin, a template is offered that can be printed, cut and taped onto popsicle sticks.  I have a very large box of popsicle sticks, so I just wrote directly onto the sticks.  As you can see, I have quite a stack of activities for the kids to do.  I duplicated the physical activities such as go on a bike ride, play water tag, play baseball, play soccer, etc.  I want to encourage as much physical activity as possible.  There are a lot of indoor activities as well.  This is great for us since we live in the South and it does get terribly hot here in the summer.  Some days are so hot it is just unbearable to go outside. 

How are we going to use them?  Glad you asked!!!  I have more than enough to do 1, if not 2, a day from now until we go back to school in August.  So, when those afternoon blues hit and the kids are following me around like lost puppy dogs or getting on each other’s nerves, I will pull out the basket.  They will close their eyes and pull a stick.  As long as circumstances permit they will get to do the activity listed on the stick.  Once the activity is done, the stick will be moved into another basket.  I’d like to see them get to do most of the activities in the basket!  I may will put the physical activities back into the pull basket, as it is so important for them to go outside and play!!! 


So, to help you create your own list or basket of activities, I figured I’d help you out by providing a list for you.  Why not make it easy!!  Note, I did not use all of the ideas from the above pins, so stop by and check those out to get more ideas!

The list is long, but here we go…

Make a bead creation

Play Lava Floor

Build with Lincoln Logs

Play with Pattern Blocks

Make Land Art

Have a Water Bottle Spray Fight

Paint with Marbles


Play Balloon Tennis

Play Red Light Green Light

Play Simon Says

Play with Geo Boards

Design Funny Bookmarks

Make a List of Your Favorite Toys

Make up a Dance

Lacing Beads


Pretend to be Wild Animals

Listen to an Audio Book

Read a book

Make Surprise Happy Notes for Neighbors

Act out a Story

Paper Mache

Draw with Stencils

Draw with Place and Trace Animals

Play School

Create a Silly Holiday

Have Races (run, crab walk, crawl, skip, etc.)

Go for a Bike Ride

Pretend to be Airplanes

Play with the Learning Palette

Do-A-Dot Pages

Swiffer the Floors (yep, there are some cleaning sticks in there!)

Run Around the House 5 Times

Play Up the River (a board game)

Color on the Color Roll

Play Mailman

Make a Popsicle Stick Puzzle

Math Games

Play with Play-doh

Play Dress Up

Make a Card

Invent a New Toy

Do a 3 Legged Race

Play Soccer

Make Giant Bubbles – Bubble Snakes

Write Your Name as Art

Pretend to Be at the Beach

Jump Rope

Water Slide

Take Photos of Plants in the Yard

Draw a Planet

Make a Jigsaw Puzzle

Play Just Dance Kids on Wii

Draw a Picture and Color it

File Folder Game


Paint with Q-Tips

Play Dominoes

Look at a Map

Paint like Michelangelo

Play Freeze Dance

Sword Fight with Pool Noodles

Make an Obstacle Course with Crepe Paper

Draw your shadows with Sidewalk Chalk

Do Exercises

Make an Outdoor Obstacle Course

Make Up a New Game

Learn About a Job

Brush the Dog (and then sweep afterwards!)

Organize Your Toys

Workbook or Worksheet

Play Wii Active

Re-Read a Favorite Book

Color in a Coloring Book

Read About a Famous Person

Make a Town with Sidewalk Chalk

Plan a Party

Clean Up Yard

Make a Lego City

Play Hullabaloo

Make Something from a Paper Roll

Make a Hop Scotch Board

Make a Mask

Do an Indoor ABC Hunt

Write a Story about Your Family

Play Leap Frog

Play Marbles

Play Leap Frog Box of Games

Do Math Mats

Spelling Words

Take Pictures of Emotions

Collect Bugs

Take the Dog for a Walk

Count Cars as they Drive By (We live near the interstate, that should be interesting!)

Make a Poster

Find 5 Books to Read

Play with the Sprinkler Ball

Make a Craft with Toilet Paper

Use Nature to Create Pictures

Make a Monochromatic Masterpiece

Lacing Cards

Find 5 Toys to Give to Needy Children

Create a Dinner Menu

Play Follow the Leader

Build the Highest Block Tower You Can

Play Catch

Play Water Tag / Chase


Play Sound Hounds (another game we own)

Make Sun Catchers

Make Something out of Cotton Balls and Q-Tips

Blow Bubbles

Spray Each Other with the Hose

Summersault in Yard

Play Wheel Barrow

Play Hair Salon

Create a Clapping Game

Make Letters on Geo Boards

Make a Fort

Play with Tangrams

Have a Puppet Show

Play with Pattern Blocks

Make a Pipe Cleaner Sculpture

Draw with Sidewalk Chalk – Free Drawing

Take a Nap (It will be interesting to see how this one goes over!)

Ride Your Bikes

Walk Around the Block

Do Puzzles

Write a New Ending to a Favorite Book

Play Baseball

Write a Play

Play Spelling City

Take Funny Pictures


Play a Game

Make a Snack and Eat It

Make a Circus


Look at the Clouds and find shapes or figures

Play with the Globe

Do a puzzle

Write a Letter

Look for Birds

Color on a T-Shirt

Play in Bath Tub

Do a Craft from the Craft Drawer

Play Soccer

Play with Rubber Stamps

Play Ball

Do a Word Search

Look at Baby Pictures

Play Solitaire

Sort Beads

Play Vet

Learn About an Animal

Make a Rock Pet

Read a Bible Story

Invent Something New

Water Paint

Read a Book to the Dog

Sing Songs

Go on a Number Hunt

Stack Cups

Write a Story

Make a Crossword Puzzle

Make an ABC Book

Make Pirate Hats

Make Paper Airplanes

Work on Memory Verses

Finger Paint

Clean Windows

Re-Arrange Bedroom (I may regret this one!)

Act Out a Bible Story

Create a Comic Strip

Build with Blocks

Play House

Play Restaurant

Count to 100 by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s

Build a Train Track

Pretend You are a Famous Person

Play Bingo


Play Boggle

Play a Dice Game

Write a Story

So, you made it through the list!  Told you it was a long one!!  There are so many ideas there.  The best part is that this isn’t all of the ideas that I found.  WOW… is all I have to say!  This should keep the kids busy for a while!  I’m going to set some ground rules as I role it out. 

     1.  It is optional that Mommy play… Sometimes I just have things to do!

     2.  There will be a minimum time of 30 minutes that the activity has to be done.  Exception to this rule: if activity really does not warrant 30 minutes than another stick may be chosen after the first activity is completed!

     3.  Most importantly HAVE FUN!!!

What are your plans for the summer?  Can you add any activities to my list above?  I’d love to hear your ideas.  Leave a comment below and share them with us.

I pray your summer is blessed and full of fun!



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  1. Aunt Nathelle permalink
    May 21, 2012 1:42 PM

    So wish I’d had some of these ideas when my kiddos were smaller. Now they have kids of their own, so maybe some of these ideas will be passed on! Great blog!!!

  2. May 21, 2012 8:36 PM

    Wow. This is an amazing list. Love the idea. I may steal some. 😉 I’d love to have you link this up to Titus 2 Tuesday on Cornerstone Confessions tomorrow.

    Clicking over from The Better Mom.


  3. May 26, 2012 11:13 AM

    Great ideas! I would love to invite you to share this with my readers at Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes!
    Have a Great Weekend,

    • May 29, 2012 8:19 AM

      Hi Mackenzie! I’m just seeing your comment. We had a super busy weekend. Thank you for the invite. It appears that I missed your link up this past weekend. I’ll join in next weekend! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a blessed week!

  4. May 29, 2012 11:14 AM

    Great idea. I’m a grandma but thinking this type of thing might be good when my grandchildren visit…even if they aren’t bored : )
    thanks for sharing this thorough list of ideas.


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