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

Last Updated on March 9, 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!

No-Prep Caterpillar Race

No-Prep LEGO Challenge

Up-cycled Seedling Pots & Garden Markers

Easy Coffee Filter Butterflies

Spring Flower Sun-Catcher

Season of a Tree Artwork

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

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!

10 STEM Dragon-Themed Activities

Solo Cup Engineering Challenge

Paper Towel Tube Number Matching Activity

No-Prep STEM Tinker Challenge

LEGO Maze Activity

Tree Leaf Identification Activity

Make a Magnolia Leaf Wreath!

Rainbow Cloud Experiment

Toddler No-Prep Pom Pom Activities

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.

Mermaid Slime

Low-Prep Sensory Activities

Low-Prep Smilie Butterfly Activity

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.

Indoor Scavenger Hunt

Spring Bucket List Printables

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!

Kid’s Math Practice Printables

Practice Grounding Techniques

Letter Tracing Practice Workbook

Here’s why chores need to be on the “I’m Bored” list.

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

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