“I’m Bored!” – A List of 106 Things for Kids to Do

When my kids say “I’m bored,” I hand them a list of ideas. If they continue to complain, then I hand them schoolwork or a chore list!

Glow in the Dark Hexbug Tracks

Choosing Activities

  1. Make sure that everything on the list is something that you are okay with them doing.
  2. Choose activities that do not require your help.
  3. Our list only contains things that they can do at home. (Because anything away from home requires ME!)
  4. My personal conviction: I don’t put any “screens” on the list. (tv, video games, computer games, Gameboy, I-Pod, etc.) Generally, they don’t need me to give them those ideas!



How to Use My List

  1. Copy and paste the items you like into your word processing program.
  2. Add in your own ideas.
  3. When your kids say they are bored, hand them your list.
  4. In my house, they still have to ask permission before they do the activity. I thought they would understand that “playing in the sprinkler” would not be a good option to choose in March. Apparently not.

Burning things with a magnifying glass

Things to Do….When I’m Bored

  1. Run laps around the backyard.
  2. Practice your instrument-piano, drums, guitar, etc.
  3. Listen to your MP3 player.
  4. Build a tent in the basement and “camp out.”
  5. Build a track for your Hot Wheels. (My boys use blocks.)
  6. Build a train track.Orbrium Toys Multi-level Deluxe 100 Piece Wooden Train Track Expansion Pack Set Generic Fits Thomas Brio Chuggington(We like loose train track so that the boys can build their own track)
  7. Jump on the trampoline. (We have a mini-trampoline intended for exercising.)
  8. Read your Bible.
  9. Write or illustrate a book.
  10. Read comic books.
  11. Write or illustrate a comic strip.
  12. Build a marble run. Amaze-N-Marbles 60-Piece Set(This is my favorite of all the toys my boys own! We bought three sets so that we could build HUGE runs!)
  13. Do a color or paint by number. MindWare Color Counts Animals
  14. Draw your own maze.
  15. Make your own word search.
  16. Do a Mad Lib. Kid Libs (Mad Libs)
  17. Read a magazine. Zoobooks
  18. Draw a picture, glue it on the cardboard from a cereal box, cut it into a puzzle, and do your puzzle.
  19. Make some bowling pins and go bowling.
  20. Take a bubble bath.
  21. Put on a puppet show for someone.
  22. On video, act out a book, play your instrument, or sing a song.
  23. Play dominoes. Double 12 Dominoes
  24. Build a domino run and knock it down.
  25. Make a sticker book.
  26. Make a card or write a letter for a friend or family member.
  27. Make designs with Geoboards. Learning Resources Ler1513 Geoboard 11 X 11
  28. Take pictures.
  29. Write a song.
  30. Read to yourself, someone else, a stuffed animal, or a pet.
  31. Build a robot using leftover “parts” found around the house.
  32. Use duct tape to create something new.
  33. Use cardboard to create something new.
  34. Play with play-do or clay. Play-Doh Fun Factory Set
  35. Play cards. War, Go Fish, Solitaire, Skip-Bo….. Uno Card Game
  36. Stand on your head, walk on your hands, or do somersaults.
  37. Call a friend or family member.
  38. Go outside and catch a critter. Research it and build it a habitat. Insect Lore Creature Peeper
  39. Fingerprint with shaving cream on colored paper.
  40. Design a place mat for your dinner.
  41. Design a scavenger hunt or treasure hunt for someone else.
  42. Play hide and seek.
  43. Build an obstacle course.
  44. Play in the sprinkler.
  45. Using water guns or Nerf guns, re-inact a famous a battle. NERF N-Strike Barricade RV-10
  46. Draw with Sidewalk Chalk. Crayola 52 Ct Chalk Carton
  47. Have a picnic.
  48. Take the dog for a walk.
  49. Take an imaginary pet for a walk. Play fetch with him.
  50. Make paper snowflakes.
  51. Draw pictures on your body with face paint. Face Painting Kit
  52. Play in the rain.
  53. Jog backwards.
  54. Write a letter to someone telling them all of the reasons you like them.
  55. Play hangman.
  56. Burn things with a magnifying glass. SE Magnifying Glass – 5X – Chrome
  57. Climb a tree.
  58. Play with pattern blocks. PATTERN BLOCKS STANDARD 250/PK
  59. Draw with drawing books and a sketch book. My Very Favorite Art Book: I Love to Draw!
  60. Ask Mom or Dad if you can do an extra chore for money.
  61. Ride bikes.
  62. Play Jenga. Jenga
  63. Play Farkle. Farkle Dice Cup
  64. Play Sorry. Sorry
  65. Build with castle blocks. Discovery Kids Wood Castle Blocks Set
  66. Organize your bedroom.
  67. Play catch with a football or baseball.NCAA Youth Composite Football
  68. Organize your tackle box.
  69. Host wagon rides.
  70. Build a target for water guns or nerf guns.
  71. Play in the Water Rocket.
  72. Do an experiment out of a science experiment book. Mythbusters Science Fair Book
  73. Rollerblade, skate, or ride skateboards.
  74. Give the dog a bath.
  75. Whittle.
  76. Make a fort.
  77. Water Mom’s flowers.
  78. Play Ninja.
  79. Play Tag.
  80. Have a water balloon fight.
  81. Build a backyard carnival.
  82. Races…race on one foot, crawling, backwards, slithering…
  83. Find treasures outside….shells, bones, old toys, feathers…
  84. Build something with a hammer and nails.
  85. Have a wrestling match.
  86. Make funny faces.
  87. Rake leaves and jump in them.
  88. At night, play flashlight tag.
  89. At night, look at the stars.
  90. Design a hot wheel course in the sandbox.
  91. Design a boat….can you make it float?

Things That Didn’t Make the List

  • Annoy a brother (my youngest’s idea)
  • Farting/burping contest (unfortunately, we have those everyday.)
  • Clean something (Dad’s idea)
  • Junk-food eating contest (can you tell they like food?)
  • Create a plan to obliterate world hunger. (Dad again)
What did I forget? What else should be on my list?

16 Responses to “I’m Bored!” – A List of 106 Things for Kids to Do

  1. Kaye Swain May 17, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    Great list for grandparents and grandkids as well. Thanks for a terrific resource. :) Have a blessed week.

    • Jennifer May 18, 2012 at 12:27 am #


      Thanks! I hope it will help cure some of the summer blues! :)


  2. Rhonda Tinkham May 17, 2012 at 3:19 pm #

    Love it! Can def relate to the things that didn’t make the list. :)

    • Jennifer May 18, 2012 at 12:26 am #


      I know you understand! :)


  3. Darci the STEM mom May 19, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    Thanks for the list. I’ll be modifying it to fit for our ages!

  4. Kaye Swain June 1, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

    Thanks again for this great list, Jennifer. It really saved the day for me on two fronts yesterday! :) Have a blessed week!

    • Jennifer June 1, 2012 at 9:43 pm #


      Thanks so much to you…..for sharing it with others!


  5. jamie December 1, 2012 at 4:47 am #

    Nice list some things seamed a tad strange eg read the bible and run laps my kids would just complane more to me but still a good list

    • Jennifer December 4, 2012 at 11:01 pm #

      :) Yes…..some of the things on my list are a bit hopeful…I must admit! But, my middle son actually loves reading his Bible….and my oldest son begs me to take him jogging! So, I figure it was worth a shot!

  6. Sabrina Budd December 10, 2012 at 1:57 am #

    Thanks soo much for this. Im a 14 year old girl trying to find something to do but don’t have anything at all to do. All my friends are busy so.

    • Jennifer December 18, 2012 at 4:53 pm #


      Thanks for stopping by! Glad you could find some ideas! :)


  7. Sue December 28, 2012 at 1:27 am #

    I had to come up with 100 of these and found your list to be quite helpful. One that might intrigue boys is to make a time capsule. They could also call grandma, make own trail mix, collect 5 toys to give away, and do muscle building exercises for 20 minutes.

    • Jennifer January 7, 2013 at 11:09 am #


      Great ideas! Thanks for sharing! Grandma would love your phone call idea!


  8. destiny johnson March 8, 2013 at 1:24 am #

    could you craft something

    • Jennifer May 5, 2013 at 11:16 pm #


      My boys love crafting! I am trying to get more disciplined about taking time in our school day to do that!



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