When kids are home from school and summer stretches long, parents dread hearing the words “I’m bored!” Stop boredom before it starts by creating a boredom buster box for the kids.
Container for Boredom Buster Box
Decide if you want to make a boredom buster box for each child or one box that each kid can dive into and pull out fun activities. I would recommend creating one box that will hold items for all of the kids. You will fill the box with enough boredom busters to keep kids busy. This will be a craft and activity box and there should be an adequate amount of miscellaneous craft items for the kids to get creative with, as well as pre-packaged craft kits.
A plastic box with a lid will work perfectly fine. If you have a large tote bag, it would also be appropriate and could hang in a closet – a boredom buster bag.
What to Put Into a Boredom Buster Box
Miscellaneous craft supplies can be put into the box for creative play and allowing the imagination to roam. Here are a few suggestions to get you started, but remember – whatever your child or children enjoy will make a great addition to a boredom buster box.
Add: Small pieces of colorful fabric, cotton balls, cotton swabs, assorted colors and sizes of pom poms, pipe cleaners, bits of yarn, construction paper, markers, crayons, watercolor paints, paint brushes, glue/glue sticks, scissors, sequins, glitter glue (less messy than loose glitter), a couple of magazines that kids can cut pictures out of, assorted buttons, wiggly eyes, wooden craft pieces (popsicle sticks, wooden clothespins, tongue depressors), craft foam stickers and shapes. Check your local dollar stores for cheap craft supplies to add to your box.
Premade craft kits can be purchased from local craft stores or from online sources like Oriental Trading Company. I try to keep a variety of craft kits on hand – enough for each of my kids and a few extras for any of their friends who might be at our home. You can only add craft kids that are appropriate for the season and keep off-season kits put away, to be changed out and added later on.
Keep the Boredom Buster Box Accessible
The kids should have easy access to the boredom buster box or bag. Make sure they understand that they must clean up and put away the craft items after they are finished. The point of the box or bag is to give them things to keep them busy and ways to entertain themselves. If your kids are very young, you will need to supervise the use of the boredom box. If you prefer, you can plan to pull out the box on specific days so the kids look forward to it, you can allow them free access to the box, or you can keep it put away and only bring it out for special occasions – rainy days, snow days, when the boredom is overwhelming.