Top Ten Things To Say And Do When Your Kids Say, "I'M BORED!"

Gail Ann By Gail Ann, 6th Jan 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
Posted in Wikinut>Family>Parenting

Written for the mom that has a kid whining to her about being bored - lots of suggestions for things to do!

Remedies for Boredom

It's just too easy to become annoyed when your precious children have so much free time, and seemingly, nothing to do. Here are some sure-fire strategies to keep them occupied, and actively engaged in activities that can reap great rewards. Occasionally the top 10 things people sometimes say sound especially rude, but when you think about it some of these things can actually be the answers to curing boredom. Without further ado, here are the top 10 remedies for boredom:

1. Go Fly a Kite!

Here is a design to cut, fold or follow to build a simple kite. Prepare your materials, choose a design, and create. When you're finished with your kite, go fly it, and share the idea- happy downloading.

Materials Needed
toilet paper tube, or plastic tennis ball container with the bottom cut off (parents only may cut the bottom off)
hole punch
ribbons, or colorful fabric
24" stick--can be found on a hike or bought at a lumber yard
acrylic paint or markers
matching stickers(optional)
tissue paper in bright colors(optional)

1. Paint the tube directly with acrylic paint or create a design on typing paper and use rubber cement to adhere the design to the tube.
2. Use the hole punch to punch 3 evenly spaced holes in the top of the tube.
3. Tie one 2' string to one hole.
4. Anchor that string with a 8" string that ties to each remaining side of the tube.
5. Once you have tied the smaller string onto opposite sides of the top, place your pointer finger under its middle, suspending the tube in the air.
6. Double knot the 2' string to the smaller string(when knotted measures less than 8"), so that all 3 strings create a tight 'tent' structure.
7. One inch below the top of the 2' stick(no larger than 1/3 inch in diameter), score a continuous line around the stick until it meets on the other side. Using a scissor or a wire cutter works fairly well, again parents only will do the scoring.
8. Tie the 2' string tightly to the scored part of the stick.
9. Hole punch 6 evenly spaced holes in the bottom of the tube.
10. Cut 9 18" ribbons. Suggestion: Try using melamine ribbon. It's colorful and reflects the sunlight. Both melamine and birthday ribbon can be curled with the edge of a scissors. Young children will need parental help to cut and curl the ribbon.
11. Tie 6 ribbons onto the bottom through each of the 6 punched holes.
12. Tie the 3 remaining ribbons to the top of the kite stick. Parents may help curl the ribbons. Now you're ready so, go fly a kite!
13. Optional:Add matching stickers.
14. Optional: Using 3 different colors that look good together, overlap 3 pieces of tissue paper and cut them at the same time, 3" long and 8" wide. Lightly glue the pieces 1/4 inch from the top of the tissue. Using a scissors, cut 2" vertical strips in the overlapped tissue about 1/3" apart. Rubber cement the inside of the tube, and press the tissue against the inside of the tube, until it adheres. Cut off any excess tissue. Have fun!

2. Get lost!

That's right... get lost in a museum or a great book! Check your local phone book or chamber of commerce for art and history museums in your area.The Sunday newspaper often lists the museums in your area, with descriptions of the most recent exhibits. As for books to explore, we've added a list to accompany your next visit to the library, or bookstore.

To help you organize your museum outing, consider art, historical, science,or specialty museums. Family interests will help you focus on a particular museum. Put the choice to a vote, and you'll be well on your way to a well-planned family outing.

Books are a great source of information and enjoyment. Consider your children's interests and ask a librarian to recommend books with your child(ren)present. Allow them a choice, but include some classics as well. Reading to your children can be a wonderful shared experience that can enhance appreciation for books. Books that are Caldecott winners have great illustrations,and Newberry winners are noted for excellence in children's literature.Look for medallions on books that identify these prize winners. Some libraries have these books located in a separate section.

3. Head for the hills!

Get the kids to help plan a camping outing. You may even decide to put up the tent in your own backyard, or some where close to home. Have the kids ask their friends where they've gone camping to garner a few more ideas. Network with your neighbors to discover some choice spots and make a list of camping gear. Borrow if you must. Then plan a campfire cookout for the whole family. They'll enjoy every byte!

4. Go jump in a lake!

Plan a day trip, or a week-end around visiting a nearby lake. Ask about recreation on or near the lake, and hopefully it won't be a long, hard drive. - Of course this one would require that the weather be cooperative with you - Good luck!

5. Go take a hike!

Here is a list of things to organize for a family hike. Circle the things you plan on taking, and add others to the list at your pleasure. You choose the destination. Get some ideas from your friends, or call the local chamber of commerce for additional input. Add a picnic list if that works into your schedule. Now that's output!
Things to gather for a hike:

*First consult the weather for the day!

Appropriate clothes for the weather, comfortable socks and shoes, as well as a brimmed hat and a plastic poncho in case of rain. A plastic garbage sack with arms and neck holes cut out can supply an inexpensive substitute.

high energy snacks
sun screen
insect repellent
A watch
A compass
A container to collect various found objects
A camera
Miscellaneous items {sketch pad, or a book for wild flower pressing, and a backpack for all necessary items}

6. Run for your life!

Train for a charity run, or run just for the health of it! Chart your daily run, the distance, and strive to improve your time each day. Your bodies will thank you for the effort, and your hearts will love you for it! If you or your family members enter a charity run, you are also helping others in need. This activity is totally fun.

7. Go suck on a lemon!

As an anonymous philosopher once said, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." In preparation, buy ten large lemons, sugar, and some cheesecloth for straining {to avoid seeds and pulp}. Here's a lemonade recipe from Del's Lemonade in Charleston. Enjoy! You will be creating a thirst quenching memory.

1 1/2 c. fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 qt. ice cubes
1 c. sugar
1/2 qt. water
1 lemon, and 1 orange sliced into rings for garnish
whole strawberries for garnish

Items needed:
glass drinking glasses, placed in freezer for at least 1 hour

Place the cheesecloth over a pitcher. Use a juicer to extract the juice from 8 lemons. Pour juice slowly onto the cheesecloth, allowing the cheesecloth to sag into the pitcher. When the cheesecloth becomes thick with pulp and seeds, move the cheesecloth so that more rapid straining can occur. Add 1/2 quart of ice, preferably chopped ice. Add 1 1/2 cups of sugar. Add 1/2 quart of cold water. Stir vigorously, until sugar is completely dissolved. Store in refrigerator until ready to drink.

Remove glasses from freezer. Dip the rim of each glass into a bowl of sugar. Pour lemonade in glasses 3/4 full, being careful not to touch the sugared rim. Add one or two ice cubes. Place a slice of lemon on the edge of the frosted glass, add orange slices, strawberries and fresh mint for garnish and add a straw.

Serving suggestion: Serve with lemon bars for a taste tingling jolt of citrus, and enjoy!

8. Go play in the street!

Plan a street party with your entire block. Request permission from local authorities to block off your street. Set out the lawn chairs, and the picnic tables, and get the boom box out. Organize a barbecue or a pot-luck picnic out on your own front yard. Here's a list of possible games for the whole gang to play. Also included is a list of items for the picnic or barbecue. Cut them into strips and have each family take a slip out of a hat or let them choose from a list, checking off each item when chosen. When it gets dark, turn your porch lights on and have a street dance. Set out some citronella candles to debug the area. The kids can organize the games, print out invitations on the computer, and deliver them. Make sure you allow for those with disabilities to have a choice of several games as well. Be an equal opportunity host!

Street Hockey
Roller Blade Races
Water Balloon Toss
Bike Course
Lawn Games
Watermelon Eating Race

Block Party Food Suggestions
Fruit Salad
Beef Ribs and Barbecue Sauce
Chicken Breast Fillet
Hot Dogs
Potato Salad
Corn on the cob
Vegetable Platter, with Ranch Dressing Dip
Ice, and a Cooler of Juices and Sodas
Cheese and cracker tray, with deli meats
Chips, and Dips
Cup Cakes / Cake

Added requests: Coolers with ice for drinks, ice in cake pans to keep cold foods,cold on tables, everyone brings their own paper plates and cups and utensils, etc.

Every family will use their own bathroom facilities,etc., so that children do not have free rein in the neighborhood. Add other requests as you see a necessity.

9. Go walk a dog!

Summer allows opportunities for young entrepreneurs to make money. Walking a dog for a neighbor may be a free will offering, or a regular job. Encourage your child to design a computer print-out describing his or her skill and how much you charge for the service. Add graphics for interest, and then let the cash flow in. Your children will learn the value of hard work and they can do some long-range planning on how to save for some special goal, for example a computer game, or a donation to a worthwhile charity. A list below out-lines other possibilities for raising money. Be a pro. Spend some of your earnings, but don't forget to save.

Money Making Opportunities:
Mowing lawns, trim work
Pet-siting for vacationers
Lemonade stand sales
Toy rummage sales
Bait Sales
Car wash
Chores around the house
Math or Reading Tutor
Window washing
Weed flower beds or gardens
Tutor younger children in reading or math
Newspaper delivery or sales
Vacation mail pick up
Go find a dog to walk!

10. Go find something, anything to do!

Adopt a new hobby! Make tracks to the library, bookstore, or check the classified ads in your local newspaper for ideas. Also call your local summer recreation program to inquire about classes and camps available. Here are just a few ideas to stimulate your search!

Learn how to play a musical instrument.
Learn the ancient art of origami.
Learn a foreign language.
Learn how to juggle.
Learn how to make balloon animals.
Learn how to do calligraphy.
Learn how to draw.
Sign up for a pen pal, and write magnificent, fun-filled letters. Trade stickers and share your favorite jokes!
Choose several interesting science experiments from a book and complete them.
Become familiar with your graphics program on your computer, and draw something awesome!
Take up sewing, quilting or another craft
Grow a Bonsai plant
Start a scrapbook of your favorite activity or sport

And if all else fails.....

All children need to be adequately supervised for their safety, and for the stimulation off their minds and souls. Summertime is a great opportunity for all of us to open up to nature and be nurtured by it. In fact the "I'm bored' syndrome may be nothing more than an indirect way of saying, "I need some one on one time with you." As you work, garden, fix the lawn mower, or build that addition onto the house, please remember that your children are thirsty for parent-love that gets lost in goal-oriented tasks. These activities do not satisfy the emotional needs of your children--or your own emotional needs. Give relaxation time to yourselves, as parents, and include some individual attention with your children this summer. While you nurture and love your children, you yourselves will be nourished, as well. You will all have a stronger, happier home life!

If none of the above remedies seem to work effectively, I have proof solution. I guarantee, if you parents use this one strategy, your child will be instantly cured of boredom. Miraculously, and without a moment's hesitation, this special child of yours will become engaged in an activity of some kind. The annoying malady we have come to know as boredom has a perfect antidote.

At least in my experience of 19 years as a parent, it has always worked for me. Simply look your child in the eye and say, "Clean your room!"

You are invited to visit either of my primary websites:
Spirit Guided Healer
"If I Could . . ." - autobiography of an Abuse Victim (me)


Activities, Children, Kites, Read, Run, Walk

Meet the author

author avatar Gail Ann
54 yr old mom/grandma. LPN, Reiki Master, Reflexologist. Experience in herbology, gardening, healing, farming, animals, natural medicine, & more. My website:

Share this page

moderator johnnydod moderated this page.
If you have any complaints about this content, please let us know


author avatar XX=MAD_MAX=XX
7th Jan 2012 (#)

another good work there. ^_^ i wanna play outside now. but i am too old to play. -__- so i'll probably stay inside. ^_^

Reply to this comment

author avatar Gail Ann
7th Jan 2012 (#)

Never too old! I'm 51, and wouldn't miss a chance to play in the raid with my gandkids (so long as there's no lightening!)

Reply to this comment

author avatar Gail Ann
7th Jan 2012 (#)

rain.... :)

Reply to this comment

author avatar Val Mills
7th Jan 2012 (#)

Love the way you've used the humour of your subtitles to elaborate

Reply to this comment

author avatar Gail Ann
7th Jan 2012 (#)


Reply to this comment

Add a comment
Can't login?