when kids say I'm bored

When Your Kid Says “I’m Bored” – 26 No-Prep Boredom-Busters

Last Updated on September 2, 2021.

The truth is it’s not mom’s job to entertain kids 24/7. But sometimes you get tired of hearing “I’m Bored” and need to just throw an activity their way. So here are 26 Low or No-Prep Boredom Busting Activities you can store in your back pocket for a rainy day.

Pro-Tip: Spend a little time prepping a “boredom box” (or jar) with little slips of paper with your favorite activity ideas. Then when the kids use the dreaded phrase, send them straight to the box to pick out an activity!

Crafty & Upcycled Activities

I love up-cycled activities! And it’s fun to get crafty once in a while… but often times it creates a huge mess. Here are a few No-Prep, Low Mess activities that you can give to your kids for hours of fun!

Need more tips? Here’s a great post on how to refresh old toys and bring them to life again!

RELATED: Handmade toys for hours of creative fun!

Mom can't provide entertainment 24/7. So use these no-prep, low mess boredom busting activities when you need kids to entertain themselves!
Mom can't provide entertainment 24/7. So use these no-prep, low mess boredom busting activities when you need kids to entertain themselves!

STEM & Educational Activities

My favorite boredom busters are educational activities. Two birds, one stone, as they say. Here are some really cool, no-prep activities most kids can do on their own!

RELATED: 12 Fool-Proof Ways to Prevent the Summer Slide

Mom can't provide entertainment 24/7. So use these no-prep, low mess boredom busting activities when you need kids to entertain themselves!
Mom can't provide entertainment 24/7. So use these no-prep, low mess boredom busting activities when you need kids to entertain themselves!

Make Ahead

Here are a few activities that do require a little bit of prep work. Sometimes it’s worth it to do a little work ahead of time when you know you’re going to be super busy! That way the kids can entertain themselves with these extra special activities.

RELATED: Unschooling for the Ultimate Independent Learner

Printables

What’s easier than printing out a slip of paper and handing it to your kid for hours of fun? Nothing! Try these printables to keep your kids busy for a while.

RELATED: Toys that are perfect for sharing!

Less Fun “I’m Bored” Activities

Life isn’t all cupcakes and rainbows. Sometimes there’s work to be done. So if the kids have downtime, don’t be afraid to delegate some “Less Fun” activities. Seriously… it will do them good in the long run. Here are ones I like to use!

RELATED: Why every parent needs a summer schedule for their kids

Do you have any amazing No-Prep Activities fore bored kids? Share them with me! I love to hear your stories.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top