Winter Break Boredom Busters

It’s basically a rule that kids like to play.  They want to be entertained.


They get boooooooooored.


One thing I struggle with over Winter Break is keeping my son busy.  It’s usually cold and wet outside, and although I try to spend as much time with him as possible, I still have housework and cooking to do and can’t spend every minute with him.


Thanks to Pinterest and Google, there are tons of fun and easy activities for kids at my disposal.  Here are some of my favorites:

*photo from Domestic Charm


Jon David loves gross stuff, and he especially loves things that glow in the dark.  This glow in the dark slime looks like so much fun, and I know he’d have a blast playing with it.


                                                                                                  *photo from The Happy Housewife


This Bored Jar is really easy to make, and can make simple ideas and everyday toys seem new again.  Throw in a few make believe ideas (playing house, school, dancing, etc), movies,  toys (building blocks, video game, action figures, etc) and they can pull from them any time they need some inspiration!  The Happy Housewife actually has some cards premade (along with a few blank ones that you can personalize) for you to print out!!


                                                                               *photo from The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle


This gingerbread playdough from Sugarbelle is GENIUS!!  Jon David loves rolling and cutting out cookie dough, but doesn’t really care about the baking part.  With this festive playdough, he can roll and cut to his heart’s content.  The recipe is super simple–I just checked and I actually have all the ingredients on hand!



If your child is old enough to use a computer, Magic Geek is a really fun site.  It’s a site that sells magic tricks, but all the tricks have a video demonstration and Jon David absolutely loves watching them.  They’re age appropriate, so you don’t have to worry about bad language or inappropriate videos.


A few months ago, the talented Tricia-Rennea created this adorable pink playset that matched my blog.  She got tons of other adorable paper play sets and paperdolls inspired by Sweet Sugarbelle, Tip Junkie, and lots of others.  They’re totally free too!!


                                                                                                       *photo from Dine and Dish

If you’ve got the time and patience for a mess, oobleck is fun and inexpensive to make.  All you need is cornstarch, water, and lots of sponges and paper towels for cleaning up later.  Kristen at Dine and Dish shared the recipe, as well as a fun video of oobleck in action.


So I’m thinking this stuff will keep your little one occupied for… a day?  If all else fails, give them a bucket of soapy water and a sponge–they can tackle baseboard cleaning (my LEAST favorite chore).  Good luck!

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  1. 1
    Gail says:

    LOVE the Mom, I am bored jar idea. Brilliant!

  2. 2
    Ann says:

    These ideas are fantastic for any time of year – they would be especially helpful for the little sibs of older homeschoolers, too. And who wouldn’t like gingerbread playdo! Awesome!

  3. 3

    IOU one! Evan has driven me crazy being BORED!!! SO, I’ll be a slime making momma tomorrow!

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