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As parents, we’ve all heard our kids complain about boredom, and thought, now what?! Below are a few ideas that might help beat the boredom blues!

Create a City

Blue painters tape, Legos, match box cars etc. Take the blue painters tape and make a road map on the carpet.  Next, have them build homes, farms etc. that can line the streets.  The ideas are endless. Let the creativity begin.

Hidden Treasures

A big hit with my children was a scavenger hunt. It would start when I picked them up from school. Each child was given a piece of paper with a clue, and for those that could not read I would draw a picture. They would then collectively tell me where to go for the next clue. Once, we arrived at the next spot I would then give them clue number 2.  Three to four clues are best so they don’t lose interest in the hunt. At the end of the hunt, there would be a surprise: an outing to the farm in Glenview, Dairy Queen, the library or the park with a fun snack. The possibilities are endless. This was a great way for my children to work together to solve a problem.

Art in the house

Keep small plastic crates filled with craft supplies, and while you are starting dinner they can create their next masterpiece. The best place to find inexpensive craft supplies? Dollar tree.

Masterpiece Dough

Homemade play dough is fun to make with your children:


Large Bowl
2 cups plain flour
1 cup cold water
1 cup salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 drops of food coloring

  1. Combine plain flour and salt
  2. Add water, food coloring and oil. Mix until ingredients are combined.
  3. Knead well
  4. If dough feels too wet, add a little more flour.
  5. Get out the cookie cutters and create!

Lights, Camera, Action!

What child doesn’t like to play dress up? Have your kids write and act out a play to perform before dinner. Have them create a character for you too! Dinner and a show!