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The "I'm Bored" Phenomenon

How did I cope with boys in the summer? I made an "I'm bored" list for my kids to use.

I posted a list of things to do on the fridge. The lists were labeled "inside", "outside", "for money" and "special request". Any whining, or other expressions of boredom were directed there. The following is about 1/3 of each list from my fridge. I included every activity I could think of, and every toy in the house. It was very effective when the kids were younger.

I hope this helps! 

INSIDE

  • Legos: freestyle or kit
  • Paper airplane
  • Airplane model building
  • Yo-yo
  • Baseball cards
  • Piano
  • Chess
  • Checkers
  • Guitar
  • Hot wheels
  • Cards: kings corners/war
  • Cards: go fish, solitaire
  • Write a letter
  • Marbles
  • Boggle
  • Super Stencil
  • Chinese Checkers
  • Frog soccer
  • Operation
  • Jurassic park
  • Take Off
  • Make a bug zoo
  • Arrange rooms
  • Cooking/baking
  • 101 science experiments
  • Electricity kit
  • Volcano kit
  • Microscope
  • Kitchen experiment kit
  • Sew bean bags
  • Juggle bean bags


OUTSIDE

  • Water fight
  • Croquet
  • Baseball game
  • Climb trees
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Play in the small pool
  • Soccer
  • Collect bugs
  • Bubbles
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Bowling in backyard
  • Hockey
  • Play with the dog
  • Play tag
  • Foursquare
  • Pitching practice


SPECIAL REQUEST

  • Museum of Flight
  • Science Center
  • Playground at school
  • Picnic
  • Grandma's house
  • Fly kites
  • Collect wood at work site
  • Library
  • Beach or lake
  • Rent a movie
  • Make scavenger hunt
  • Jetty Island trip
  • Forest Park Petting Zoo
  • Woodland Park Zoo
  • Plan a party
  • Friends over
  • McCollum/Heron park
  • Go swimming
  • Mariner's/Aquasox game
  • Bike trail ride


FOR MONEY

  • Sell berries, or flowers
  • Pick berries
  • Pull weeds
  • Sweep garage
  • Sweep driveway, patio
  • Bicycle wash
  • Clean a closet
  • Lemonade stand
  • Garage sale
  • Neighbor's jobs
  • Write a report or book
  • Neighborhood newsletter
  • Wash cars
  • Paint a room with mom
  • Book club reading

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Comments 2

Guest - Lee (website) on Monday, 04 August 2008 05:48

Thanks, Kela! When I made this list, I went through every closet and the garage, looking for things they like to do, and added some activities I read about in "Family Fun" magazine. I can't say that I "never" heard the words "I'm bored" but it seemed to help at least!
Blessings,
Lee

Thanks, Kela! When I made this list, I went through every closet and the garage, looking for things they like to do, and added some activities I read about in "Family Fun" magazine. I can't say that I "never" heard the words "I'm bored" but it seemed to help at least! Blessings, Lee
Guest - Kela on Monday, 04 August 2008 05:42

Wonderful list. With six children constantly telling my that i'm bored (no matter what the season), its really easy to get frustrated with them. I would like to make and personalize a list myself. Surely most of those things will appeal to them.

Wonderful list. With six children constantly telling my that i'm bored (no matter what the season), its really easy to get frustrated with them. I would like to make and personalize a list myself. Surely most of those things will appeal to them.
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