In our house, boredom is not allowed and is not an excuse to watch TV or complain. My children know very well that the complaining “Mom, I’m bored,” is a quick way to get assigned an additional task or two.
Recently, while visiting a friend, I saw an intriguing system that used to help stimulate the imagination, housekeeping skills and healthy habits in their children. She called him “Jar boring” and asked if he could borrow his system and share it, because it works so well.
The basic idea of a “boring pot” is a jar, box or bucket of some kind full of ideas of tasks and activities that children can do if they complain of boredom.
at the suggestion of my friend, I created this as something to send my children if bored, but ended up loving it. In fact, they call it “fun jar” and even sometimes ask if they can choose something to do.
I filled our jar with wood chips had written activities, exercises and tasks on. I made sure to have a good mix of things they like to do and the tasks they do not enjoy so much they would be willing to pick something up. I also found that younger children usually want to accompany the work of the older children so it was a good way to encourage teamwork.
The tasks in the jar are either above and beyond their duties or normal tasks that can be done more than once a day (like sweeping the kitchen floor-at least in our house!)
boring ideas jar activity
activities vary according to the needs of his family, but here are some ideas of our jar:
- Clean the bathroom of the room
- it Clean all doorframes of the ground floor with a microfiber
- do 50 jumps
- Writing a note to a friend
- do 30 sets squatting
- reorganize and re-bend a dresser drawer
- Do 10 handstands
- Draw a picture
- water plants
- Read for 10 minutes (or more)
- 35 balls wall
- Make a treasure hunt for a brother
- Writing a story
- runs around the yard 5 times
- Build a blanket fort
- Make a list of anything in the house / yard that starts with each letter of the alphabet
- vacuum up
- empty down
- sweep the kitchen (5 of them in the bottle)
- MOP kitchen
- get broken crayons to re-melt into molds silicone
- Jump on the rebounder for 10 minutes
- dance party 10 minutes!
- make a puzzle
- 25 cartwheels
- Play a board game
- climb the rope inside
- wash a load of laundry
- fold a load of laundry
- upstairs bathroom Clean
- invent a new game
- reproduction music
- Clean all mirrors in the house
- house dust
- Draw a picture of his family
- Load the dishwasher
- empty dishwasher
- do 40 pushups
- climb the rope 4 stroke
- Writing a note to a member of the extended family
- See an educational film (which they always expect to get)
- Making paper airplanes
- Find a new recipe for cooking in a cookbook
- Alphabetize books
- sweep garage
- 10 pull-ups
- play hide (inside or outside)
- Nerf gun war!
- up and down the stairs 5 times
How to make a boring jar
really any type of container could be used for a boring jar and even something as simple as paper strips could be used inside.
I just wrote activities in wooden coins and put them in the jar. Boring jar now sits on a shelf in our living room and is used daily.
What do your children when they are bored? What activities would add to the jar?