10 Cheap Boredom Busters for Kids

Looking for a few easy ways to keep the kids from getting too bored? Here are some of our favorite boredom busters that are quick, easy, cheap, and fun!!

1. Beading with cut up straws — easy, frugal, and a great way to build up important fine-motor skills.


2. Make photo puppets and put on a show!


3. Decorate a cardboard box with an angry face and pretend to have it EAT things. Nom nom nom!!


4. Start a stamp collection.


5. Take up a new hobby… like sewing!


6. Become a flying ace in your own cardboard plane.


7. Paint clouds with an old shower poof.


8. Create a butterfly garden with sidewalk chalk!


9. Cook up a fresh batch of mud pies.


10. Host a family award ceremony… in your pajamas! “And the Daddy of the Year Award goes to…….”

Have fun!!


  1. Dear Valerie,

    When I was a kid, we were bored and happened to be eating hard boiled eggs. We decided to save the yolks and roll them around the floor. It was awesome until our mom saw us. Then it was really not awesome.


  2. So creative!! And love that daddy’s wearing a tiara!!

    Have a great weekend!!

  3. Oh! That’s what I’ll do with the 2 million pictures my kids demand I take of them…….. puppets.

  4. Love the puppet idea! Thanks for all the creative ideas you share. My kids are past this stage…..it’s no longer cool to do crafts with mom….but I have friends who have younger children and enjoy some of these projects with them. I think I’m going to have to get some colored straws to have on hand for beading. That looks like a wonderful (and quiet) activity for young ones.

    BTW, absolutely love your new profile picture!

    • Thank you, Christi! Kids grow up so quickly, don’t they?? Emily took that profile pic — she’s getting to be quite the junior photographer. πŸ˜‰

  5. The sidewalk butterfly garden looks gorgeous. I love the idea of the cut up straws. Those two were my favorites. Thanks for sharing your ideas πŸ™‚

  6. I would love to be your child. You are the best mom EVER πŸ™‚

    Hugs from our family to yours!

  7. Love the cut up straws!

  8. Those are all very productive boredom busters. Beats yolk rolling every time!

  9. These are some fantastic ideas. Love the beading with straws and even I have fun with sidewalk chalk. Makes walking so much more fun. πŸ™‚

  10. My toddler loves making the straw necklaces! It was great for hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills, quick and easy, and NO MESS! Woohoo! Great idea! I just stumbled onto your blog and it is now one of my faves!

  11. I’ve just found your blog & am enjoying it very much! I was looking for something new-to-us to do with our two year old daughter this morning & I wanted to share that the straw-beading was a hit! She loved making “rainbows” with pipecleaners and straw beads, then had fun counting and sorting the different colors. Thank you for this simple, fun idea!! I look forward to reading more!

  12. I learnt a lot from this post. Now me and my daughter always have so many fun things to do together. Thanks.

  13. LOVE these ideas! Especially the hungry box! SO FUNNY! My daughter would absolutely adore that!

  14. Helen Peters says

    I love the sponge building ideas. My son is 2 and a half, and I am yet to find something beside watching diggers/backhoe etc. (when we are out and about – definitely not TV ) that will keep him interested in for more than 10 minutes.
    so I will give these a try. Thank you for the great idea