How to create a “Bored Jar” for young kids {+ printable activity list}

Raluca Loteanu May 27, 2017
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Do you know that feeling when the child tells you that he is bored and you have no idea what activity to do with him? Even if you have several Pinterest boards full of activity ideas, in that moment nothing comes to your mind! I’ve gone through this over and over again until I found a very nice idea: the bored jar! If you go through the same struggle with your child, here is how to create a bored jar for young kids.

How to create a bored jar for young kids: Make a list of activities

The first step is to decide what activities are suitable for you and your child. You can get some inspiration from my list or from other lists on Pinterest. Then you can add your own activities, depending on your child’s age and preferences.

The best way to add your personalized activities to the list is to monitor your activities for two weeks. Write down all the things that your child likes and all the activities that keep him busy. At the end, you’ll certainly have a lot of ideas on your list!

I have split my list into 4 categories:

– independent play (activities that only need my surveillance but not my involvement)

– parent and child activities (activities that we can do together)

– outside play (activities that require going out)

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– weekend activities (more complex activities that we usually do during weekends).

Each category has a different color. This helps me pick the appropriate activity from the list depending on the moment and on my availability to get involved in the activities. Sometimes I am tired and I prefer an activity that Bogdan can do alone. Other times, I feel playful and we play together or even go outside to do something nice.

You can discover all the activities on our list in the printable file at the end of the article!

How to create a bored jar for young kids: Fill the jar with ideas

There are two ways to implement this bored jar in your home.

The first way to do it is by following these steps:

– print the list of activities (or create your own)

– cut it out

– place all the activities in the jar.

If you want to have different categories it’s easier to print each list on a different color of paper.

The second method is the one that we use. Here is what you will need:

– a jar (I bought mine from Safeway)

craft sticks (in 4 different colors)

markers.

You just need to write each activity on a craft stick with a marker. Each category of activities has its own color to make them easy to differentiate.

At the end, you place all the craft sticks in the jar and you’ll have the perfect inspiration for “fighting” boredom!

Download our list of activities: 44 ideas to inspire your bored jar

The printable file contains 44 ideas divided into 4 categories. It also contains some empty boxes to add your own ideas.

To download the printable you just need to enter your email address below. This will also give you access to the Playful Notes community and our weekly newsletter. You will find there a lot of other ideas and our full printable collection.

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