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35 Amazing Things to Do When Your Kids are Bored

35 Amazing Things to Do When Your Kids are Bored

“Mom, Dad, I’m bored!”

“There is nothing to do all day!”

If you’re a parent, chances are you would have come across such tantrums from your kids. As a parent it can be quite aggravating as you wrack your brains for some creative solutions. Parents play a vital and irreplaceable role in a child’s life. The relationships they share with their kids have everlasting impacts on their personalities. It is a fact that children are never easy to raise, and there are no set guidelines or rules to follow as you wander into uncharted territory of being a mom or a dad.

Alia Sheikh, founder of Friv 2 (Games For Kids), rightly said “Life is beautiful when you play games, but if these games nurture your kid’s mental health, teach them some lessons, empowers them to become better people and spark creative juices to think out of box, it becomes even more beautiful”.

As a parent you want to prepare your child to deal with the bigger moral and social pitfalls of this modern, complex world that they will have to face throughout their life. But nobody said this preparation has to be a redundant cycle of joyless chores; it can be a fun and educational experience for both child and the parent. Boredom should be seen as an opportunity that can be used to divert your child’s attention into activities that provide an educational and interactive yet pleasurable experience. This will leave your kids with a feeling that their parent/s is/are involved in their lives and have not abandoned them.

So let’s see, you have provided your kid an entire bedroom full of toys, a whole art table, loads of interesting story books and yet that’s not necessarily enough, you might still hear them say the dreaded words “I am bored”. As a parent, this is the moment that you fire up those creative pistons in your head. Following are some of the activities that can make the apple of your eye squealing with delight once again.

Collaborative Activities

Activities done together or with a group of people are always entertaining and very valuable as they teach your kids team work, social interaction and critical communication skills:

1. Gather other neighborhood kids and encourage all of them to start a poetry club.

2. Excite them by saying “Let’s do some gardening.”

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3. Bake a cake with them.

4. Have them help you clean around the house making a lively activity out of it.

5. Enhance their technology skills by telling them to make an interesting video of themselves.

6. In a creative way boost their confidence by asking them to help others study in a fun way.

7. Ask them to communicate with their younger siblings in an attempt to understand each other better.

8. Make your child learn basic finances by arranging activities like engaging them in setting a budget for home, but in an amusing way, obviously.

9. Help them learn a new language.

10. Play truth and dare with them.

11. Allow them to throw pranks on their friends and family but maintain discipline.

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12. Engage them in some social work e.g. raising money for charity.

Creative Exercise

Creative exercises help stimulate a child’s development and let them enjoy themselves in their own unique way:

13. Ask them to dress like a certain character and then visit around the neighborhood, intending to make people laugh aloud.

14. Tell them to paint a picture they have in their minds.

15. Let them gather stamps to make their own stamp book.

16. Let them explore their creativity by letting them turn a box into something wacky.

17. Create a family tree.

18. Let them build a hut out of blocks.

19. Make a stuffed toy.

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20. Permit them to dye one of their white shirts.

21. Take them to out to sketch a beautiful view.

Pure Joy

Pure leisure activities are just as important and help your child relax and enjoy their off time from school; we’re only a kid once, after all!

22. Time to take Tommy out for a walk in a nearby park? Kids love bring pets or look at dogs at the park.

23. Cheer them up with their favorite cartoons.

24. Help them learn jump rope.

25. Allow them to blow as many bubbles they want to.

26. Learning a dance could be fun as well.

27. They could record themselves singing a song.

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28. Take them out camping.

29. Go out fishing with them.

30. Treat them by taking them to their choice of ice-cream parlor.

31. Let them play in a bubble bath.

32. Accommodate them with video games that can help them with some real life skills, such as cooking, maths, coordination, and patience.

33. Plan their next holiday. You could also make a plan about how they would like to ensure they make the most out of their school holidays.

34. They could listen to the radio.

35. Drive them to the zoo.

There are plenty of other things to do but it mainly depends on your child’s nature and what interests them most. You, as a parent, can put some more effort into knowing your child’s moods, thus choosing an appropriate activity to get them out of that mood when they tell you, “MAMA I AM BORED!”

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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