Mommy's Favorite Things: "Mom, there’s nothing to do”: 5 fun activities to stop your children from being bored

Friday, December 3, 2021

"Mom, there’s nothing to do”: 5 fun activities to stop your children from being bored

 If you hear the words “I’m bored” or “Mommy, there’s nothing to do” regularly, you must remember that you are not alone. Thousands of parents hear those words over and over at least once a week, so it is nothing new. Thankfully there are several things you can do to make the situation better.

Here are 5 fun activities to stop your children from being bored.

Take them on a scavenger hunt

Scavenger hunts are great for kids of all ages and, not only are they fun, but it's a brilliant way to squeeze in some exercise too. Print lists of things to find on your walk or, if you fancy a less traditional approach, there are lots of scavenger hunt apps you can download too.

Bake delicious cookies or cakes

Who doesn't love a bit of home baking? It can get a bit messy, but it teaches kids some of the basics, and, even better, the final result is (or at least should be) edible! If you aren’t a natural baker, you can buy cake and cookie baking kits from the grocery store. You usually only need to add water and eggs, so it's pretty simple and doesn't take too much time or skill.

Do a science experiment

If one of your kids is a budding scientist, what better way to keep them busy than with a few experiments! There are many you can do with bog-standard cleaning products, but if you want to take it a step further, there are many different STEM kits for kids available online. From magic water tricks to physics-based kits exploring gravity and movement, it's something the whole family will enjoy.

Organize some playdates

If the kids are off school and you expect them to become bored at some stage, speak to the other moms and organize a few playdates. Whether you take turns to visit each other houses or arrange to meet at the park, it will give you a bit of time to yourself and give the kids a chance to hang out with their friends.

If your kids are a lot younger, why not arrange a meet-up at the local soft play? The kids can work off some of that built-up energy, and it will give you a bit of free time.

Go for a swim

Most kids love the water, so if you haven’t visited your local pool recently, it’s another boredom-relieving option to consider. Grab your costumes and some towels, and off you go.

If it’s warm enough and you live near the coast, another option is to visit your nearest beach. Kids will typically spend hours making sandcastles and running around in the sand or playing in the water. If you want to make a day of it, take a picnic basket and some deck chairs or, if there are no beach restrictions, you could always take a disposable barbeque. The kids will have a fabulous time, and many beautiful memories will be made.