Top Five Boredom Busters for Children

Top Five Boredom Busters for ChildrenStaying at Grandma and Granddad’s house means that there is very, very limited internet and strict rules on TV watching so we devised our top five boredom busters for children to help keep us busy.

Most importantly, I would like to make the point that my children were left to be bored before making this list.  We only supported my children in what they chose to do.  All activities were absolutely of their own choosing.  I think that is very important that children are allowed to be bored sometimes and to come up with their own, sensible, activities.

1.  Playing in the garden with the dog

Floppy particularly liked this one.  The children spent quite a lot of time running around after her as well as throwing the ball.  H even managed to use the bubbling blowing machine as part of their game.  All three of them were chasing after the bubbles.

Playing with the dog. The ball is being thrown as Floppy dog chases it.
Playing with the dog

2.  Doing the gardening

Grandma didn’t complain with this one.  She loves gardening.  S was given a bit more responsibility by being given the shears to trim the hedges, long nettles and the tree.  He was watched very carefully and did a fantastic job of helping Grandma with her tasks.

Gardening as a Boredom Buster. Grandma, S, H and Floppy dog digging.
Gardening as a Boredom Buster

3.  Making their own little house cosy

S started by putting in some chairs for him and H to sit on.  He then used cardboard boxes to make steps up to the house as well as making a little table.  They sat and had a cup of tea, that they had made from the plastic cups and tea pot Great Gran had bought H. Next job was washing the windows of their house.  S was very brave and got rid of the cob webs (this was a big deal as he is usually petrified of anything to do with spiders). We weren’t allowed in after that as they had a secret spy meeting.  Oops, I think I’ve said too much already!

Washing Windows of the small house in the garden.
Washing Windows

4.  Painting

S. got out all of the paints, newspaper and paper and set himself up on the conservatory floor to paint a picture.  I think his main aim was to mix colours to see which he liked the most.  He made a variety of greens and oranges, explaining to me which colours he had mixed to achieve these colours, then painted his picture.  He spent quite some time, making sure that the whole page was covered.

Painting as a Boredom Buster
Painting as a Boredom Buster

5.  Playing with Play Do’h

After leaving the children for a few minutes to do some adult colouring in, we were presented with some Play Do’h cakes.  We ‘ate’ them and they were delicious! There were many, many more made in a variety of colours and sizes. They did manage to mix the colours though. Not a problem as this particular Play Do’h was old and crumbly.


Play D'oh cake with S.
Play D’oh cake

These are some of the things that my children enjoyed doing on one day that we were at Grandma and Granddad’s house.  What do you children do when they are bored?  Do they have any favourite activities to keep themselves amused?

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  • Donna Wishart

    Play-doh is a winner in our house. It never fails to keep the kids amused! x

    • It is wonderful stuff. Children can let their imaginations run wild with it. x

  • Vaichin@RamblingThroughParenth

    Playing in the garden is always a good one, especially on a sunny day. And visiting the library on a rainy one. x

  • Zena’s Suitcase

    I love a good play do’h cake, play do’h ice cream is particularly good too! Fab list 🙂

  • Great ideas, I watching Boo and her daddy do the gardening, Boo loves water her sunflowers and getting mud everywhere!

  • Laura

    Unfortunately I don’t have a garden so keeping my eldest entertained sometimes without either planning a day trip or spending money can be quite difficult. Play-Doh is definitely a winner, as are colouring books, “washing up”, and small world play. Thanks for linking up to #SuperparentSaturday

    • dillydrops

      Washing up is always good fun. We usually end up with a very clean floor, sideboard and child after washing up 😉 Thank you for hosting this great linky! 🙂

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  • Rachel @ Parenthood Highs and

    Some fantastic ideas here. I think sometimes we are all (and I am the worst!) guilty of making activities more complicated and organised than they need to be – I love the simplicity of these ideas, and how ‘natural’ they all are. Thanks for linking up to #SuperparentSaturday

    • dillydrops

      Thank you. I often do the same but have really been thinking about how to simplify things nowadays. I think the teacher in me takes over sometimes but I’m glad we achieved the simple approach here. Thank you for hosting such a wonderful linky!