These boredom busters for kids are simple to set up and are perfect if you are looking for easy ways to keep the kids entertained while indoors. Since most of the materials can be found at a local dollar store, they are super affordable too! You may even be able to sneak in a little learning or fine motor practice while you’re at it.
Here are 10 of our favorite dollar store boredom busters for kids:
1. Invitation to Sew and Stuff
Practice important fine motor skills with this simple invitation to sew and stuff using shelf liner, blunt tipped needles, and pom poms.
2. Hair Gel, Paint, and Zipper Bags
To a zippered bag, add some clear hair gel and a few drops of liquid watercolor paints. Seal the bag completely and reinforce the seal with packaging tape. Invite your child for some color mixing fun without the mess!
3. Cut Up Straws for Beading
Cut up plastic or paper straws, and invite your child to bead up bracelets or necklaces. This is great for introducing pattern skills too!
4. Sock Puppets!
A pair of plain white socks from the dollar store can easily be transformed into adorable sock puppets using markers, wiggle eyes, construction paper, and glue. Once you are finished crafting up your puppets, put on a show!
5. Ice Cube Count and Sort
Use colored ice cubes for sorting and counting using kitchen tongs.
6. Dino Ice Age Thaw
Freeze small toy dinosaurs in ice cube trays, and invite the kids to free them using salt water and eye droppers.
7. Make Pretend Cakes for Stuffed Animal Friends
Dollar store sponges can be cut up to look like pretend cakes. Decorate with fabric paint “icing” if desired. Invite your stuffed animal friends for some pretend yummy treats!
8. Paint Up Coffee Filters
Coffee filter can be painted with watercolor paints for a super simple boredom buster. Since they are made to withstand plenty of water, coffee filters are great for little ones to practice painting with watercolor paints! Once they are completely dry, they can be attached to a window with WASHABLE glue stick for creative (and colorful) displays. To remove, peel off as much as possible, then wipe any leftover bits of glue/coffee filters with a soapy sponge.
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9. Paper Clips and Washi Tape Bracelets
Show your child how to link paper clips to form longer chains to make bracelets and necklaces for stuffed animal friends. Wrap the clips in piece of washi tape, if desired.
10. Open a Pretend Flower Shop
Fake flowers from the dollar store are perfect for a pretend flower shop! Kids can arrange the flowers over and over again in plastic vases, practice counting money, and write up bills for pretend customers.