What to Do When Bored at Home for Kids
Boredom is one of the biggest challenges parents face with their kids. Kids have a lot of energy, and they need to be occupied or they'll get restless. But at times, it can be hard to find something fun to do with your child. If you're looking for some tips on how to keep yourself from getting bored at home with your kids--and what you can do when that happens.
Here are some ideas:
1. Play a board game
Board games are fun and they're easy to play. If you have friends or family over, it's easy to get everyone involved in the game. You can also play with a child or adult who wants to learn how to play the game. It's great for learning math and language skills as well! You may think that board games aren't as exciting as video games, but trust us: We've played some amazing games over here at FunforKids HQ (and we're still going strong).
2. Read a book to your child
Read a book to your child at bedtime, in the car & on the bus, if it's an old one, or if you can't carry them all at once (which is usually possible). And please don't forget that sometimes reading aloud is fun and good for kids' development—just make sure they're enjoying what they're being read! I'm not saying that when we were growing up my parents didn't enjoy reading books about dinosaurs, but there was no way in hell I would've been able to get through Harry Potter at age six if someone wasn't talking me through every sentence!
3. Watch a TV show or Netflix movie together.
If you're bored, you can always watch a TV show or Netflix movie together. If your kids are old enough to understand what they're seeing on screen, they'll enjoy being part of the story and will want to tell you all about it after it's over.
If you're looking for something more interactive than this, try playing video games in the same room as your kids so that they can take turns playing with each other while watching the same show on another screen.
4. Take turns playing dress up
- Dress up as superheroes
- Dress up as princesses
- Dress up as movie characters
- Dress up as famous people (e.g., celebrities)
You can also dress up in your favorite food costume:
5. Make up a story
If you have any pets, make up a story about one of them. If they're not at home and can't be there to hear the story, try telling it to yourself while petting or playing with your pet. This will give them their own little version of what's going on in the world outside their cage!
If your kids are fond of animals and colors, we recommend giving them some time to think up some stories based on those topics—for instance: "Once upon a time there was an ugly little brown duckling who wanted nothing more than to be as beautiful as all the other birds." Or perhaps this option would work better: "Once upon a time there was an ugly little brown duckling named Scooter who lived with his momma and papa down by Lake Michigan."
6. Outdoor Escapade with Pets and Bored Kids
As the sun peeks through the curtains, and the day stretches ahead, you find yourself faced with the challenge of keeping your kids entertained at home. But fear not! It's the perfect opportunity to embark on an outdoor adventure with your beloved pets and banish boredom for good. Whether you have a playful pup or an adventurous cat, here's a plan to ensure a delightful outing for everyone.
Preparing Your Furry Friends
Before you head out, ensure that your pets are comfortable and well-prepared for the journey. Groom them, check their collars, and make sure they're wearing the appropriate leashes. For your cat, a secure cat collar and leash are essential, guaranteeing their safety and preventing any confusion with other pet owners.
Pack a bag with essentials to make your outing smooth and enjoyable. Don't forget to include a portable water bowl, treats, waste bags, and a small first aid kit, just in case. You might also want to bring along some toys for your kids and pets to play with during breaks.
The Adventure Begins
Once everyone is ready, step outside and breathe in the fresh air. Encourage your kids to take the lead in guiding the way, creating a sense of excitement and exploration. If you have a dog, let them take in the scents and sights while practicing good behavior on the leash. For your cat, start with a calm and quiet area where they can get accustomed to the sensation of being on a leash.
Exploring Nature's Wonders
Choose a nearby park or a nature trail where your kids and pets can engage with the outdoors. Encourage your kids to observe the surroundings – the rustling leaves, the chirping birds, and the gentle sway of trees. Let them ask questions and spark their curiosity about the world around them.
Bring along a camera or use your smartphone to capture the highlights of the day. Take candid shots of your kids giggling with their furry companions, or capture that perfect mid-leap action shot as your dog catches a frisbee. These snapshots will serve as cherished mementos of a day well spent.
As the sun starts its descent, and you make your way back home, you'll find that the day has been a resounding success. Your kids, once bored and restless, are now glowing with happiness, and your pets are content from their outdoor escapade. Walking your dog or cat isn't just a routine chore; it's an opportunity to connect with nature, bond with your pets, and nurture your children's sense of wonder. So, when boredom strikes again, remember that a simple adventure outdoors can be the perfect remedy for all.
7. Play together with some toys you have at home
Here are some fun ways to play with your kids:
- Make up games. Have the kids create their own game and play it together. This helps develop their creativity, communication skills, and problem-solving ability. It also gives them an opportunity to work together as a team while having fun!
Try these ideas:
1. Read the book "How I Learned to Cook Food My Mom Taught Me" by Julia Child (or any other cookbook) in order to make your own recipes—this is especially good if you have multiple kids of different ages living at home! You can use this article as inspiration when deciding which foods should go into each dish!
2. Make a poster board collage using materials from around the house like construction paper or magazine clippings; then fill in each picture with something fun related back story about what happens next within that narrative sequence throughout the narrative thread running through all of its pages (ie: "the main character gets lost").
What to do when your bored at home for kids?
Boredom is a normal part of growing up. It's when you're learning new things and discovering who you are as a person. The trick to being bored at home with kids is to find ways to keep yourself entertained while they're busy doing their own thing, which can be hard because they're always running around the house!
Whether you're at home with your kids or not, it's important to remember that boredom is a normal part of life. It can be tempting to rush through your day so you don't get bored, but in the end, it will only cause more stress for everyone involved. So take some time out to relax and hang out with friends or family over cups of coffee!