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Boredom Busters: 110 Fun At-Home Activities for Families & Kids

Our list of Boredom Busters includes over 100 fun (and mostly free) activities that you and your kids can enjoy at home. This handy list can easily be printed and placed on the refrigerator – a great way to have instant “ideas” when boredom strikes!

Challenge YOUR kids to do one activity every day all summer long. It’s a great way to learn a few new games and activities, while filling those “I’m bored!” moments.

  1. Obstacle Course

  2. Scavenger Hunt

  3. Water Balloons

  4. Collect Bugs

  5. Study a spider web

  6. 3-legged races

  7. Wash the dog

  8. Wash the car

  9. Paint outdoors

  10. Stargazing

  11. Plant a garden

  12. Camp in the backyard

  13. Eat watermelon in big wedges

  14. Look for 4-leaf clovers

  15. Splash in puddles

  16. Build a bird house or feeder

  17. Make a paper hat

  18. Make a paper boat and see if it floats

  19. Decorate a T-shirt

  20. Send postcards to family & friends

  21. Finger painting

  22. Make your own Play-doh

  23. Make a necklace out of beads or pasta

  24. Write an autobiography

  25. Have a fashion show

  26. Bubbles

  27. Hula Hoops

  28. Jump Ropes

  29. Rearrange your bedroom

  30. Have a PJ Party

  31. Watch the clouds

  32. Create a movie or play

  33. Make up a story; Illustrate it

  34. Have a talent show in your backyard

  35. Learn a Line Dance

  36. Practice tongue twisters

  37. Learn to juggle

  38. Create a house of cards

  39. Have paper airplane races

  40. Bob for apples

  41. Make a Rope Swing

  42. Hopscotch

  43. Freeze Tag

  44. Hide and Seek

  45. Red Light Green Light

  46. Dodge Ball

  47. Learn a YoYo trick

  48. Play H-O-R-S-E

  49. Egg Toss

  50. Make shadow puppets

  51. Line up dominoes and watch them drop

  52. Play with Shaving Cream & food coloring

  53. Create a musical instrument out of recyclables

  54. Make a box town out of old boxes

  55. Research careers (Interview locals such as a firefighter, dentist, hairdresser, or lifeguard)

  56. Learn string games like Cats in the Cradle

  57. Have a picnic on the living room floor

  58. Learn clapping games like Miss Mary Mack

  59. Play cards (Crazy 8s, War, Rummy)

  60. Family game night

  61. Watch old home movies or look at old pictures

  62. Have a watermelon seed spitting contest

  63. Build a fort

  64. Fly a Kite

  65. Play capture the flag

  66. Play Freeze Tag

  67. Tell scary stories in the dark

  68. Go for a hike

  69. Learn sign language

  70. Learn Morse Code

  71. Build a toothpick bridge or building

  72. Walk the dog

  73. Bake some treats for your neighbors

  74. Play chess or checkers

  75. Play charades

  76. Have a bubble-blowing contest

  77. Climb a tree

  78. Do blind taste tests with various drinks and food

  79. Solve a crossword or word search puzzle

  80. Make butterflies from coffee filters

  81. Play hangman or tic-tac-toe

  82. Dance to 50s music (or any era)

  83. Invite neighbors for a family potluck dinner

  84. Play free online games

  85. Make a Diet Coke and Mentos eruption

  86. Jump rope Try double dutch

  87. Make a time capsule

  88. Learn how to read a map

  89. Play hot potato

  90. Have breakfast for dinner

  91. Make homemade pizza

  92. Have thumb wars

  93. Arm wrestle

  94. Give each other crazy or fancy hair dos

  95. Draw a letter, word, or picture on your friend’s back and have them guess what you’ve drawn

  96. Have a relay race

  97. Color “Easter Eggs” any time

  98. Make your own pet rock

  99. Play “I Spy”

  100. Put together a puzzle

  101. Play “20 questions”

  102. Make a fort or car out of a large appliance box

  103. Try to make each other laugh

  104. Create something with beads

  105. Write a secret message in “mirror image”

  106. Have a staring contest

  107. Speak Pig Latin

  108. Play Truth or Dare

  109. Create a secret code Send each other messages

  110. Play Simon Says

  111. Play Ping Pong

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