Musings: Boredom Busters

Today’s topic is: “Share your favorite boredom busters for kids.” 

I consider myself very lucky because my children don’t yet know the concept of ‘bored’. I have yet to hear “Maaaaaaammmmmaaaa, I’m bored!” but I’ll bet it will come up in the next year or so.

I’m grateful that, so far (at ages 2 and 3 1/2), they are pretty easy to entertain. Yesterday, my mom came to spend the morning with the girls and brought a couple of the plastic rings from the inside of a cream carton.

The girls literally spent hours running around with their new rings on, and at one time, I overheard them pretending they were paintbrushes. (Why not?!)

Never Bored with a Book, likesuccess.com

My girls could spend an eternity reading books and magazines. Sometimes by themselves or to each other, but if you really want to get them to hold still for a long time, agree to plop down on the couch with a large stack of books and they will always insist on one more.

Occasionally, I get out a box of washable markers or crayons so they can draw. However, the excitement of that usually wears off after about 10 minutes.

The ultimate offering is a bath. That’s a good half hour of free entertainment they have never (yet) turned down.

And if an everyday job, like picking up the sticks that have fallen in the lawn, involves a pair of hot pink beach buckets and a race, the girls can be surprisingly productive and helpful.

Please share your ideas in the comments.

~ Phoebe DeCook

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