100 Bored Jar ideas + free printable

Just as we’re starting to get into some kind of routine with homeschooling – the Easter holidays are about to land! Now, I don’t know about you. I am really looking forward to not having to juggle working from home and homeschooling at the same time, but this also means the boys will not have a set routine to stick to. This inevitably means I will hear the phrase “I’m bored” throughout the day.

I have decided to try and combat this by creating a Bored Jar. I saw the idea on Instagram and thought it was worth trying.

What is a Bored Jar?

A jar that contains a number of labels with ideas for activities and things to do when the kids say they’re “bored”. The idea is for them to pick one out of the jar to do.

Bored Jar ideas

Bored Jar Ideas

Below are just some of the idea that is currently in our Bored Jar, ready for Easter. Of course, due to the current COV-ID 19 lockdown situation, all of these are based around the house. However, The Mad House also has some fantastic ideas on her Bored Jar post for both indoors and outdoors. There are Bored Jar ideas for tweens and young children alike and the beauty is, they can be adapted to your child’s age and abilities easily.

Download Bored Jar Printable here

  1. 30 mins on your computer console
  2. 30 mins YouTube
  3. Bake a cake
  4. Build a Den
  5. Play football in the garden
  6. Tidy your room
  7. Play Dress Up
  8. Watch a movie
  9. Paint a picture
  10. Vacuum the house
  11. Draw a self-portrait
  12. Create a Bug Hotel in the garden
  13. Scoot around the block
  14. Make paper aeroplanes
  15. Conduct a Science Experiment
  16. Make your own slime
  17. Design and make your own board game
  18. Play hopscotch in the garden
  19. Make Jelly
  20. Play a board game
  21. Colour in a book
  22. Create an indoor/outdoor obstacle course
  23. Play a card game
  24. Have a race
  25. Play Top Trumps
  26. Play musical statues
  27. Design your own flag
  28. Make your own pizza
  29. Cook something of your choice
  30. Create your own family coat of arms
  31. Make a Hot Wheels track/play with toy cars
  32. 30 mins outside on the trampoline
  33. Make your own video
  34. Build something with LEGO
  35. Make finger puppets
  36. Learn how to make a volcano
  37. Draw around your brother or sister
  38. Design your dream bedroom
  39. Make a bird feeder
  40. Have an ice cream or sweet treat
  41. Make your own family tree
  42. Use a paper plate to make a craft
  43. Write a poem
  44. Wash the car
  45. Make fingerprint animals
  46. Read a book
  47. Go for a walk
  48. Listen to a story
  49. Make a bookmark
  50. Draw on the patio with chalk
  51. Make cards
  52. Craft with mum
  53. Draw a picture of our house on the outside
  54. Do a 30 min workout
  55. Facetime your friends
  56. Make biscuits
  57. Do a jigsaw
  58. Play a game of chess
  59. Make popcorn
  60. Create your own comic book
  61. Borrow a camera and take photos
  62. Make a rainwater collector
  63. Create your own Pokemon character
  64. Make a marble run
  65. Create an animal out of cardboard
  66. Ride your bike
  67. Draw a map of your house
  68. Make your own playdough
  69. Find five toys to give away
  70. Design your own food menu
  71. Do 10 star jumps in every room of the house
  72. Find rocks and paint them
  73. Make your own treasure map
  74. Write five things your love about each member of your family
  75. Do potato printing
  76. Have an indoor picnic
  77. Make salt dough
  78. Write and post a letter to your friends
  79. Learn a magic trick
  80. Hunt for bugs in the garden
  81. Make Hot Chocolate
  82. Play Hide and Seek
  83. Make dream catchers
  84. Make something out of origami
  85. Make chocolate brownies
  86. Draw a robot and label all his parts
  87. Play Hangman
  88. Practice trying your shoelaces
  89. Draw a family portrait
  90. Build a fort with blankets
  91. 30 mins free play
  92. Take photos of 5 favourite things around the house
  93. Have a Nerf battle
  94. Do a word search
  95. Make a mug cake
  96. Draw a picture blindfolded
  97. Face paint each other
  98. Do some bubble painting
  99. Make your own flipbook
  100. Interview a family member

Download our Bored Jar List!

To make it really easy, I have created a free printable that you can download of our Bored Jar ideas so you can just print them out, cut them up and pop into a jar with minimum effort.

Download Bored Jar Printable here

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Bored Jar

If you’re looking for something different to do, you could look at starting a collection of enamel pins or patches – there are so many different types to choose from. Pick things that interest you – like your favourite film, book, music. You can even get customer enamel pins and custom patches made online if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for.

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