10 Anytime Boredom-Busters for Kids | Indoor, Outdoor and Virtual

If you're tired of hearing "I'm booorrrred!" from your kids . . . then, we have some ideas for you!

By Brenna Gutell December 26, 2022

There are just those day when your kids need a little extra help finding fun things to do! Here are some ideas to help inspire them to find things to do indoors, outdoors or online. I have put together 10 awesome ideas for you to help enrich, engage and even educate your kids - yes, I said educate! Who says learning can't be Fun? These ideas are perfect for those times when there's no place in particular to go or nothing exciting going on and you need to create your own family fun. 

"Be prepared" long before your kids get out that first "I'm booorrrred!" or "what can I / we do?" 

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Here are 10 fun and easy ideas to keep your kids engaged and entertained

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#1 โ›บ Build a fort inside or have an indoor camp-out

Let your kids drag out blankets, pillows and sofa cushions - with permission of course and let them get creative. They can hang out during the day in their "hide-out," a perfect space for reading, watching a movie or playing games. Let them sleep in it - if you dare! You can even set up a small tent inside if you have one. Either one doubles as great sleeping quarters. And because there may be some uncertainty about how much actual sleeping will happen, deem the following day "Pajama Day" — to include lots of movies, books, snacks, and naps!

#2 โ„๏ธ Have a snowball fight . . . indoors

No Snow . . . no problem

#3 ๐ŸŒž Get outside

We're lucky to have weather that allows us to spend time outdoors most of the time!  Grab a hat, a bottle of water and maybe some sunscreen or a coat depending on the weather and head outside! Something as simple as a stroll through your neighborhood or hit the trails for a nice hike with your kids - short or long, you choose. Most days you can even head to the beach - if the water is too cold, then play in the sand or go for a walk looking for seashells or rocks! 

#4 ๐Ÿงน Make chores fun

Set up an indoor relay race to get chores done! Start a race to get the laundry out of the dryer or see who can put their toys or clothes away the fastest. You can make a game out of anything . . . and get chores done at the same time! 

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#5 ๐Ÿ“ฆ Get creative with cardboard

Have a bunch of boxes piled up at home? Build a fort together and see how creative you can get! Don't forget to decorate with crayons, markers and sticker for an extra flair.

#6 ๐Ÿ˜Š Create a sensory bin

Kids will be entertained for hours with a fun sensory bin. Create your own or check out our ideas:

#7 ๐Ÿ”Ž Go on a scavenger hunt

This is a great indoor or outdoor activity. Inside set up a scavenger hunt around the house for little kids. If your kids are older, have them set up hunts for each other. They'll be running all over the house finding and planting clues for hours of entertainment. Head outdoors for backyard or neighborhood scavenger hunt.

#8 ๐Ÿš— Explore everything Automotive

Whether your kid is a preschooler, a teenager, or somewhere in between, there are many creative ways to keep your kids happily engaged at home while they dream about cars. These activities are appropriate for any age to help nurture and inspire a fascination with cars, click her for more information.

Fun  Car related Activities:

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#9 ๐Ÿ–๏ธ Get Crafty

Fun and easy DIY craft ideas:

#10 โš™๏ธ Be Creative

Just because kids are home from school doesn't mean the learning has to stop, take a look at these fun educational activities: 

Need more inspiration for ideas to entertain, stimulate and exhaust your kids indoors?

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Updated December 26, 2022