I mentioned last week that I put together a little Bored Jar inspired by a few different projects I saw on Pinterest (just searching “boredom busters” there brings up an endless array of ideas for any age group). I thought it would be fun to give you a little peek at our jar and some of the things Samantha has done with it.
First, I collected a bunch of ideas for activities. I picked things specific to Samantha and things that I knew she could do with little to no help since I was hoping the activities would keep her occupied whenever I need to get some work done. I mixed creative activities, learning activities and chores (she happens to like all three).
You can certainly make your popsicle sticks prettier than mine (I was in a rush, alright? No judging!). In fact, Samantha has already decided that she’s going to paint them (the next time she’s really bored, of course). If you’re interested in my full list of activities, shoot me an email here!
After I wrote out a bunch of sticks (which I picked up at the dollar store, by the way), I found a pretty mason jar to keep them in. Obviously a glass jar is not ideal for all age groups, but I knew Samantha would like that it signified that this is a Big Girl thing. Plus, she’s very mature for her age and I know she can handle it (cue me eating my words in the near future).
Easy enough, right? The part that takes the most time is thinking up fun (different!) activities that you know your child will like. But you could do that during Project Runway commercial breaks!
Here’s some of the fun Sam has had with this jar so far:
Awww absolutely LOVE this one!! I will definitely need a boredom buster jar!! Where do you get all your ideas? Gotta love the “mopping like a pro” picture! Fantastic idea to get the kids to clean up in a cool way :p Just photograph them all the way!
Love It!! I’m going to use the idea in my classroom!
awesome idea! I remember getting so bored as a child – these would’ve been a great help! can’t wait to try it out on the kiddos!