That half term came around quick didn’t it?! So if you’re stuck for ideas keeping the kids entertained try our bored jar.
Grab a jam jar, the kids could always decorate it, just to make it look extra fab. Then fill it with slips of paper, each one with a great idea written on that will stave off the boredom for a couple of hours.
We’ve come up with a few great ideas to get you started…
Make drink bottle skittles
Add an inch of water or sand to the bottom of the bottles (screw the lid back on) decorate and then you can have a game of indoor bowling.
Half fill sandwich bags with paint, spread large sheets of paper on the floor then snip a tiny hole in the bag and drizzle the paint in patterns.
You can grab the recipe for Smarties Cookies right here.
Make a paper mache volcano
Fancy making your own real exploding volcano? Click through to the Volcano Instructions here.
Create some awesome face paint designs.
Grab the bikes and go. And if you’ve not got bikes lot’s of places rent them.
Feed the ducks
Whether you live in the city, the suburbs or the countryside there’s always ducks somewhere nearby.
Tidy your bedroom
Hard luck if this is the one you pulled out… but crack on and get it tidy!
Weed the garden
Pull on your scruffs and go out and weed.
Create word searches
Challenge your friends to word search competitions – you could make different themed word searches or create really tough ones.
Classic old school activity this one – get into teams and get some competition going.
Another old school classic – pick a topic, maybe football teams, cities or food and name one for every letter.
Help out in the kitchen and cook up a dinner.
Learn to make a cup of tea
Get an adult to teach you how to make a proper cup of tea – life skills!
Build an awesome den
Either indoors with sheets, covers, cushions and chairs or outdoors in the garden or woods.
Make balloon rockets
Easy to do, brilliant fun, we love balloon rocket competitions. Get the balloon rocket instructions here.
Get the kite making instructions here – then build them and get outdoors and fly them.
Make galaxy jars
These are fun to make and really simple, wait until it’s dark then shake up some Galaxy jars. Grab the galaxy jar instructions here.
Read a book
Nothing beats snuggling up with a good book, you might even like to make a cosy reading nook.
Make up dances
There’s loads of YouTube videos that can help you work on your moves!
Create something amazing with all that *stuff* that’s waiting to be recycled.
Paint up pebbles as bugs, animals or even intricate patterns
Make a bird feeder
Get the instructions for our natural bird feeder here.
Bake jam tarts
Nice easy baking activity – grab the jam tart recipe here.
Have a sleepover
Throw a sleepover, watch films, tell ghost stories and don’t forget the snacks for midnight feasts!
Go for a really long walk
Head outdoors for a really long walk, maybe take a picnic if it’s not pouring with rain.
Have a picnic
Outdoors if it’s sunny, carpet picnic if the weather is rubbish
Whizz up a smoothie
Create your own smoothies or you can grab our frozen berry smoothie recipe here.
Play hide and seek
And if your house isn’t the hide and seek kind then hide a doll or teddy bear and get the others to find that instead.
Create your own assault course
Let your imagination run wild and see what you can come up with – outdoors or indoors.
Play board games
Spend the afternoon playing some board games.
Get the printable bored jar list here – then all you need to do is cut them out, put them in the jar and use it when you’re bored.
And if this isn’t enough to keep you busy then head on over to…
- The Mad House and pick up their 101 low cost spring activities
- Family Days Tried and Tested for 80 Ideas for weekend fun