10 Things for “I’m Bored”

It's perhaps one of the most dreaded phrases—“I’m bored!”. Next time your kiddo utters this phrase, try one of these ideas to help them alleviate their perceived boredom. 

1. Bake Cookies

Try your favorite recipe and add a twist to make it your own. Librarian Lisa loves to make this recipe from Bellyfull with her kids and let them create their own colored royal frosting and additions to the batter to create one-of-a-kind treats for special occasions (or a dull Saturday night). 

2. Try a Construction Challenge

Some of our most loved programs here at CPL are when we give kids recycle bin-headed materials to engineer something new. Gather some recyclables and then try to create one of these project suggestions: 

  • A bird feeder for the window
  • A new toy
  • An organizer for cables, bathroom supplies, or a junk drawer
  • A planter for spring 
  • A bird house
  • A sensory bottle
  • A toy or outfit accessory for a pet

3. Build a Fort

Use blankets or towels and clothes pins or safety pins to drape fabric around furniture and make a fort to play in. Some kids might even want to spend the night in their fort before taking it down. 

4. Learn a Magic Trick

Try one of these items or search online to find a magic trick to learn at home.

Magic Tricks

Magic for Kids

Magic Tricks

Magic Tricks

Amazing Magic Tricks

5. Play "Keepy Uppy"

This is a super fun and easy activity for all ages that involves inflating a balloon and then keeping it from touching the ground by bopping it with hands, feet, arms, head, and so on. 

6. Play a Board Game and Then Create Your Own

Having your child create a new version of a favorite board game is a great way to spend time together. 

7. Take a Walk Around the Neighborhood

Make sure to dress appropriately for the weather and take a stroll around your neighborhood. Collect 10 small items on the walk and when you come back take turns drawing the items or writing a story about how something ended up where you found it. 

8. Listen to a Podcast

Check out one of these STEAM-related podcasts or search for one that meets your family’s interests. After it is over, write an email or postcard to someone from the podcast and send it.

9. Make Homemade Play Dough or Slime

Check out this play dough recipe you can create and experiment with on a dreary day: 


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1.5 cups salt
  • 6 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 3 cups water

Mix all the ingredients together to make your play dough!

10. Make an Indoor Obstacle Course

Use couch cushions and pillows as landing points, create a fake fire to jump over, take the stairs by hopping on one foot, use masking tape on the floor to chart the path, and lay down spirals to balance on. Use your imagination and have your kids help design it. Time each child and see if they can beat their own time.