Beat Summer Time Boredom (Craft)


When kids are out of school for the Summer, this can put some real stress on parents because they need to now find ways to entertain their children since they are going to (most likely) be home all day long instead of at school or after-care. No matter what you have planned, there will almost always be a day or two where your child(ren) will come up to you and say those two famous words, “I’m bored.” It’s time to prepare for those two dreaded words!  Beat Summer Boredom & Stay ahead of the game with a summertime boredom jar!  The point in this craft is to have three categories (Kill energy, What we can do, What we can make) and your child can draw an idea out of the jar and do whatever they pick (no peeking!).

You will need:

  • A jar
  • Big or fat popsicle sticks
  • Colored or Washi tape
  • Permanent marker

You can pick the number of ideas for each of the three categories.  Once you pick your number, you can figure out how many of the Popsicle sticks you need.  For example, if you have 5 ideas per category, you will only need 15 Popsicle sticks.

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Divide your sticks up and wrap some colored tape or Washi tape around the top of each stick.  Make sure you use the same color or design of tape for each category.

After that, take your permanent marker and write an idea on each stick as it pertains to each category.  If you need some ideas for the “Kill energy” category, you can pick things like going outside and playing soccer or having a mini dance party or anything else that will drain energy.  If you need something to do, you can put some cheap or free do-able things such as going to the park or having a picnic in your back yard.  For things you can make, pick a few simple crafts that you know will only require supplies that you already have around the house.

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When your kids come up to you saying those two words, have them draw a stick out of the jar.  It may also be time to get your Summer Chore Chart up and running. Enjoy the time with your kids, you’ll miss it once it is gone.


  1. Great idea! As much as we’ve been running around, I’d be more likely to bring out the chore chart. 😉 In fact, mine are out sweeping the front porch right now. I think today is going to be cleaning/chore day before my daughter’s friend gets here. Hope you’re having a great Summer so far!
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    • My kids helped me box up the kitchen before remodeling begins and we’ll be back at it again tomorrow. They would probably have worked from a chore chart today because we worked all day on this kitchen and we’re still not done.