If your kids are complaining they don’t have enough to do, here’s a list of boredom busters to keep them busy! Get 50 unique activities.
We all know that kids can get bored easily. When they’re not occupied with school work, their own projects, or playing outside, it’s a good idea to have some boredom buster activities on hand to keep them entertained!
I remember when I was young and would get bored and have nothing to do . . . my parents would tell me only “boring people get bored.” I’m sure you’ve heard this before from your own parents, or perhaps you’ve said this to your kids.
And to a certain extent it’s true.
But I do notice that it’s a LOT easier to relieve boredom when you have a driver’s license and money. Then you can just head to the craft store and grab something when you need an activity! I do give kids credit . . . they don’t have that luxury.
So, in order to help them out a bit – AND help you parents – I’ve put together a list of boredom busters that kids are going to love. A lot of them use household materials and/or things you might already have in your craft stash, hopefully eliminating the need to buy supplies.
I’d love for you to check out these easy craft ideas for kids, then let me know which ones are your favorite in the comments. Also let me know which activities are on your list as go-to projects when the kids get bored! Keep on scrolling down for the list.
Boredom Busters for Kids
When the kids tell you they don't have anything to do, break out this list of 50 ideas to break the boredom! Children of all ages are going to love these activities that use a variety of craft materials.
Who would think that a simple, everyday craft material like craft sticks could be so much fun & give such endless hours of play? Learn how to make pretty mandalas using popsicle sticks and this tutorial.
If you have newspaper as well as a bottle of Mod Podge, you can make bowls! You'll use an existing bowl as your form, and the rest is simple. If you have craft paint, kids can make these bowls any color they like.
Eggshell seed planters are perfect for kids! Plant a sampling of seeds inside of eggshells and when the weather warms up plant the entire thing into your garden. This is a fun lesson on composting and reusing everyday products for a new purpose.
Make a simple whirlygig DIY toy, sometimes known as a spinner, from recycled cardboard and a printable template. This is a fun STEM craft idea for kids of all ages, inspired by a classic which has been around for centuries.
Children of the 70s might remember sewing cards! My mom had a set she used to let us play with that used shoelaces. This is an updated version with a free printable - use it with yarn you already have (just tape the end).
Looking for an easy and fun boredom buster for kids? Inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar, this simple caterpillar craft includes a printable template, making it perfect for afternoon crafting at home.
These pipe cleaner finger puppets are super easy to put together! If you've got pipe cleaners, you can make five mini puppets in less than ten minutes. Kids will love making them and then having a puppet show afterwards.
If you've never barbecued beads before, this is a pretty fun idea! Melt beads in a muffin tin on the BBQ, then let kids turn them into suncatchers. Parental supervision required for the melting of course!
Add a splash of color to a plain canvas bag using stamps made of potatoes! This is really easy for kids of all ages, and you don't have to limit your stamping to bags. Grab some fabric paint and do it on shirts, scarves, pants, etc.
Kids will love making this perler bead rainbow and it gives you a great opportunity to teach color theory, spectrum and visible light at the same time. Such a valuable learning craft for kids of all ages!
Mr. Potato Head is a classic toy, but not everyone has one. With some sheets of felt, your kids can recreate all the spud-sy fun. Make clothing and accessories for your potato, and children will enjoy playing with outfits for hours.