Fun Boredom Busters

by | Apr 3, 2024 | Kid Activities

Mom, I'm Bored

Boredom busters are perfect for keeping kids busy during the spring and summer months!

Kids and Boredom

While I’m a huge supporter of kids being bored to promote their thinking, problem-solving, and imagination skills, sometimes a good boredom buster can be totally necessary, you guys!

That said, you don’t have to look too hard to find some pretty incredible options.

Thankfully we live in a world with endless opportunities when it comes to boredom busting.

Brain Teaser

Answer: a bottle – Photo Creds: Little Ladoo

If you are looking for simple boredom busters that require absolutely no printing or prep, consider working through these fun online activities with your kids or encourage them to do them with friends instead!

All three of these ideas would make perfect indoor summer activities for beating the heat.

Boredom Busters for Summertime

Speaking of summer, if you’re in need of fun summer crafts or family activities I’ve totally got you covered!

That said, I’ve also got some other great ideas for summer boredom-busting below.

From hiking with the kids to creating a budget-friendly backyard pool oasis.

However, if printable is more your style, I encourage you to check out some of our summer-themed printables here on Life + Homeschool, as well as some fun options from other great bloggers!

Printable Summer Activities

First, check out these 3 awesome printable boredom busters from Life + Homeschool!

Next, consider these fun summer-themed boredom busters!

Summer Bored Jar & Writing Prompts

This boredom jar (left) via Mama Teaches is such a fun way to encourage kiddos to keep their own boredom at bay by choosing something random to do when boredom strikes.

That said, sometimes a learning activities are even better for busting summer boredom.

Try encouraging your kiddos to work on summer worksheets for extra practice or master important writing skills by leaning on these summer drawing prompts (right) via Rainy Day Mum

More Printable Boredom Busters

While summer-themed fun is great, sometimes boredom strikes at other times of the year — such as spring break.

So, if printable fun is your favorite way to bust boredom at its core, I’ve got you covered with some awesome ideas, you guys!

Printable Boredom Buster Activities

First up, this awesome art prompt spinner (top left) via Barley and Birch will keep kiddos busy and encourage simple creativity!

This boredom buster includes a free digital spinner as well as printable paper spinner ($$).

If you loved that, check out these next 3 awesome ideas!

So many fun ideas to choose from, you guys!

Unique Printable Boredom Busters

These next 3 printables are perfect for a little bit of hands-on printable fun!

From these LEGO challenge cards via Fox Farm Home that are perfect for multiple age groups to these adorable flower playdough mats via Crafty Kids Play that are perfect for little ones (and combining with one of the homemade playdough recipes near the bottom of this post!).

My personal favorite though? This fun cootie catcher via Leap of Faith Crafting that is absolutely ideal for tweens (with parents from the 80s or 90s of course). Talk about nostalgia, you guys!!

Printable Kid's Activities

While artsy and hands-on printable fun are great, sometimes all you need to bust the boredom is a good game!

Check out these 4 interactive boredom busting printables.

So many fun ideas, you guys!

Printable Boredom Buster Games and Prompts

Lastly, these 3 printable boredom busters are great for building thinking skills and promoting educational fun.

All 3 of these activities would be perfect for squeezing into a homeschool morning basket or for utilizing as a part of your homeschool loop schedule.

I seriously love printables like these, you guys!

Hands-On Boredom Busters

While printable boredom busters are great, sometimes all you need to mix things up is by focusing on simple play based, sensory, or STEM activities.

Try picking fun ideas that help kiddos build motor skills or induce creativity and imagination.

Homeschool Activities for Bored Kids

Hands on fun is so important, especially for little ones!

That’s why I leaned on these simple preschool activities (top left) and kindergarten activities (top right) when my kiddos were little.

Once they grew, we added these fun activities (bottom left) to our homeschool loop schedule and added board games (bottom right) to our weekly list of homeschool activities.

That said, you don’t have to be a homeschool parent to utilize some of these awesome ideas, you guys!

Boredom Buster Games

Speaking of games, this indoor laundry basket game (left) via Imaginative Homeschool looks so easy (and fun)!

While this DIY Tic-Tac-Toe (right) via Ruffles and Rainboots adds in crafty elements by encouraging kiddos to re-create a classic.

Such fun indoor game ideas!

STEM Boredom Busters

If games aren’t your style and your kiddos need something even more hands-on, consider these STEM worthy boredom busters instead!

What awesome ideas, you guys!

Science Boredom Busters

If you loved those fun STEM ideas, you are going to love these next 2 science-based activities!

Encourage your kiddos to beat the summer heat by creating this snowstorm in a jar (left) via Honey and Lime or try this colorful milk experiment (top right) via Living Life and Learning!

Have a fidgety kiddo? Using a free printable template, help them create this DIY fidget spinner (bottom right) via Red Ted Art instead!

Unique Play Dough Recipes

While I always love a good STEM project, sometimes focusing on a child’s sensory needs is more important.

Consider making one of these awesome playdough recipes for ultimate boredom busting.

Nothing beats a classic boredom buster like playdough, you guys!

Slime Recipes for Indoor Fun

Last, but certainly not least, try tackling boredom with the ultimate hands-on activity — slime!

If you loved any of the above hands-on boredom busters, consider these DIY craft stick puzzles via Simply Designing or this clothes pin car via Crafts by Amanda as well!

So many fun ideas, you guys!

More Crafty Fun

While I love awesome printables and hands-on fun, sometimes the best boredom buster of all is a crafty one!

Crafty Boredom Busters

Whether it’s teaching children how to paint a rainbow (left) or creating awesome handprint crafts, I encourage you to check out the entire kid’s activities section here on Life + Homeschool!

Looking for a crafty idea to get you started? Consider creating this simple paper donut craft (right) I made with my own kiddos years back or try this fun cardboard coloring activity via Homan at Home.

So many options, you guys!

Dough Craft Boredom Busters

While I love to share paper crafts and theme crafts here on Life + Homeschool, I also love unique craft finds — like these!

Consider making one of these awesome craft ideas with your kiddos when boredom strikes.

These look like so much fun, you guys!

Painted Rock Crafts

Finally, end your craft session outdoors with some sidewalk chalk activities and painted rock crafts!

Try these cute painted rocks (above) via One Crazy Mom or create these unique melted crayon rocks Sweet Frugal Life instead!

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Happy boredom-busting, you guys!!

Fun Boredom Busters

Meet the Author

Life & Homeschool Author

Hey guys! I’m Mary, homeschool mom of 3 amazing kiddos.

I’m so excited that you decided to check out my little corner of the world!

If you have been following our journey for any length of time, you already know that I’m obsessed with coffee, organization, and all things simple.

I’m also a huge dog lover and introvert 💗

My homeschool style is very eclectic.

I enjoy a solid mixture of structure and free range. I set goals for myself and my children each week, but I put no pressure on perfection.

We use a wide variety of curriculum in our home.

Some of our current favorites are The Good and the Beautiful, Life of Fred, Beautiful Feet Books, and Lifepac.

While my kids do spend a good amount of time learning at desks, they also spend countless hours exploring their creativity and practicing a little independence.

I love mountains, rainy days, and sitting by the campfire. 

Our family recently relocated to the PNW and we have been enjoying finding new nature spots to explore together 🙌🏼

I can’t wait to connect and share all the things I’ve learned on our new journey! 

Just a Note…

Thanks for checking out the kid activities portion of the blog! 

Typically summer is the most productive time for my blog. However, our family is currently living in temporary housing and we do not see an end in sight (thank you housing marking 😪) — meaning my workspace & supplies to produce quality content it extremely limited.

I am still working, but it’s nothing like normal.

As always, we appreciate your patience! 

If you enjoyed this article or simply want to see more of our journey, feel free to follow us on social media for more frequent updates.

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Don’t forget to check out our Facebook group too!

This group is open to all homeschool moms.

Whether you are already knee-deep in your homeschool journey or just dipping your toes in — all homeschool moms are welcome!

Looking forward to connecting! Simply Be Wild & Free Life + Homeschool Blog

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Meet the Author

Life & Homeschool Author

Hey guys! I’m Mary, homeschool mom of 3 amazing kiddos.

I’m so excited that you decided to check out my little corner of the world!

If you have been following our journey for any length of time, you already know that I’m obsessed with coffee, organization, and all things simple.

I’m also a huge dog lover and introvert 💗

My homeschool style is very eclectic.

I enjoy a solid mixture of structure and free range. I set goals for myself and my children each week, but I put no pressure on perfection.

We use a wide variety of curriculum in our home.

Some of our current favorites are The Good and the Beautiful, Life of Fred, Beautiful Feet Books, and Lifepac.

While my kids do spend a good amount of time learning at desks, they also spend countless hours exploring their creativity and practicing a little independence.

I love mountains, rainy days, and sitting by the campfire. 

Our family recently relocated to the PNW and we have been enjoying finding new nature spots to explore together 🙌🏼

I can’t wait to connect and share all the things I’ve learned on our new journey! 

Just a Note…

Thanks for checking out the kid activities portion of the blog! 

Typically summer is the most productive time for my blog. However, our family is currently living in temporary housing and we do not see an end in sight (thank you housing marking 😪) — meaning my workspace & supplies to produce quality content it extremely limited.

I am still working, but it’s nothing like normal.

As always, we appreciate your patience! 

If you enjoyed this article or simply want to see more of our journey, feel free to follow us on social media for more frequent updates.

You can find all of our social accounts below!

FacebookInstagramPinterest

Don’t forget to check out our Facebook group too!

This group is open to all homeschool moms.

Whether you are already knee-deep in your homeschool journey or just dipping your toes in — all homeschool moms are welcome!

Looking forward to connecting! Simply Be Wild & Free Life + Homeschool Blog

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