10 Fun Activities for Bored Kids
We all have days at home that are boring. You can’t think of anything to do that’s fun and exciting. You just feel like just hanging out in bed watching videos on your phone. After all, what else is there, right? Wrong. You don’t have to fly across the country or spend lots of money to have a fun, interesting time.
No matter where you live, bored kids can enjoy creative fun activities that will also bring world of adventure into an otherwise boring day. All you need to do is use your imagination.
Here are a few ideas. Once you start thinking about the world around your home, you’ll see other activities that you can do to have fun without spending any money. By the way, you still get to use your phone when doing these things.
1. Take something apart.
This is really cool, but you need a parent to help you. Ask for a broken machine. It can be a lawn mower or a tower computer or an old toy or bike. Then ask your parents for the tools you need. Before you start, go online and read about the safety steps you need to do the work. You might need eye protection or gloves. Then grab a screwdriver and get going!
You’ll see how gadgets do what they do. You’ll learn about the insides of machines and maybe even figure out what is wrong with them. You’ll also learn how to use tools, something everyone needs to know. Taking something apart is perfect for when your parents are doing a task beside you.
2. Become an ornithologist.
That long word looks terribly scary, but it means that you study birds. This is so easy and doesn’t cost much. All you need is a book from the library on local birds and a pair of binoculars. You could even use your phone. Just take pictures of any birds you see then go online to find out what kind of birds they are.
Warning: bird watching can be surprisingly fun and lead to a life-long hobby, not just something to do when you are bored.
3. Create a Treasure Hunt!
You can go online and read about the different ways that you can arrange the hunt. The best way to get all your friends together and ask a parent to hide the treasure. It could be a batch of cookies or a gift certificate for a pizza or each child could bring one small toy to make up the treasure. Or you could be the treasure master, stashing the prize and making up clues that you hide in advance.
Clues could be something like “Look for the tree with the home-made swing,” or “Find the big grey rock and take three steps south.” Each clue leads to another clue and at the very end, the treasure. Maybe each of your friends could pick a day and hold their own treasure hunt. The hunts can be as long or as short as you want. This is something you could also do as a family together, outside or in the house.
4. Make a movie.
For this, call the friends who, like you, are bored. Get together and talk about what kind of movie you want to make. It could be a documentary, where your movie is about something real. It could be a drama, where you write a script and play pretend. Then start recording videos. You will need to learn how to write a script, how to talk clearly, how to question people and how movies really work.
5. Have a Box Sculpture Contest!
This is easy. Just ask your parents to get empty boxes from a grocery or chain store. Make sure you have a lot of them in a lot of different sizes. Then you need strong tape, glue and markers to decorate what you make. You could even decide on a theme, like box spaceships, box forts or box cars. You can also get creative and spruce up your sculptures with items egg cartons, ribbons and show boxes.
There are so many things a kid can do when he or she is bored. You just need a few ideas. Creativity often works that way. Often, you first need to get the creative juices flowing and soon you’ll be coming up with ideas of your own.
Our activities list for bored kids continues below with more brainstorming ideas we came up. Start by thinking about them. Then perhaps share them with your friends and see what they think. Pick out a couple and ask your parents if you need help to get the fun rolling. As mentioned, this list may help you think about fun activities of your own.
6. Build a bowling alley.
You need some outdoor chalk and a flat place—like your patio or driveway or the paved area around the school. With the chalk, draw the place where the “pins” will go, then outline a lane, with a line where you roll the ball. Get some empty plastic pop bottles and fill them about one-third full with water. Then get a ball—a baseball will do.
You will need to practice throwing the ball to make sure that the lane is the right length. The bottles may need more or less water. Play around with your bowling alley until the ball rolls right and the bottles are filled so that they need a good hit with the ball to tip over. Once you start building your bowling alley, you might be surprised by the people who stop to watch you and play.
7. Learn How to Fly a Kite!
Kites are relatively cheap to buy, but many kids prefer to learn about kites online and make their own. This activity requires you to follow the weather and look for good places to catch the wind, usually a park or a hill. This takes those reflexes that help you play video games and uses them in the real world. And it’s fun.
It’s a lost art for many. Coloring books. That’s a funny little play on words since we are referring to the lost “art” being actual “art”. Anyways, whether you use pencil crayons or wax crayons, it’s easy to find free coloring pages online of your favorite cartoons or drawings. From animals to cars, princesses to superheros, sports themes to nature, what better way to spruce up your room’s decor with you very own artwork?
With coloring pages, you can also make a colorful wall montage. Choose from all sorts of drawings and cover one of your bedroom walls with your own colorful creations. It will be like a wall mural but made up of individual pictures.
9. Explore Your Local World!
Get a guide book or go online to find out what you can do in your home town! What is the oldest building in your city? Where was the first school built? Was anyone famous born in your town? Is there a museum you can tour? What about a pond where you can sail a boat? Or simply go to your local park and lay in the grass with a friend looking for images in the clouds.
10. Put on a Kids Clothing Swap!
Ask your parents what they think about this. It would be a good way to clean out closets as well as encourage everyone to recycle. Just make sure that all clothes are clean and mended when they are brought to the swap.
Whenever your faced with boredom, try going for a walk in the fresh air and use your imagination. You may just find that the adventure will never stop. It may not feel like it right now, but there is so much fun waiting for you just around the corner.
And when you’re bored out of you mind and don’t feel like putting much effort into anything at all, bring up this page of funny jokes for kids and tell them to your family members.