It’s summer in this side of the world but sadly, we can’t proceed with our plans. Unfortunately, the entire Luzon island is in lockdown, so are other cities from around the world. All forms of travel are restricted and recreational areas like malls and museums are closed.
Yes, we are all under obligation to stay at home to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
I’m sure, all kids will complain about how bored they are at home. My kids whine a lot about it, too, but there’s nothing else we can do but stay indoors. To address this, we all decided to make a boredom jar. I’ve been seeing a lot about this for years but took us now to make one. Very timely.
Making “Mom, I’m Bored” Jar
This is simple easy and easy to do. Plus, the items can be found at home.
- An old mason jar, which I found from de-cluttering
- Construction paper from my eldest’s school supplies. You can also use popsicle sticks or specialty papers where you can write tasks.
- Colored pens
- Paste or washi tape
I asked the kids to think and write down activities that they want to do while at home. I pitched some ideas as well, although mine are mostly on the learning side.
Then, fold the paper and place it inside the jar. We’re on limited supplies so I just taped the sign on the mason jar using washi tape. In case you have materials, you can decorate the jar with your kids using glitter glue, beads, buttons, and ribbons.
Here are some ideas you can put in the jar:
- Clean your room.
- Fix toy / book shelf.
- Water the plants.
- Fix the bed.
- Wash the dishes.
- Fold clothes.
- Clean the toilet.
- Play board games – Monopoly, Jenga, Charades
- Have a picnic.
- Make your own Lego village.
- Watch your favorite movie.
- Create a story using Reading Rods.
- Do puzzles.
ARTS AND CRAFTS
- Make your own comics.
- Make cards to any / every member of the family.
- Make a sculpture using Play-Doh
- Do some coloring.
- Say “Hello” and “Goodbye” in five different languages
- Read a book.
- Write a story.
- Write letters to any member of the family.
- Learn three new words and use it in a sentence.
- Read about one famous person.
- Learn one song and play it in the piano.
- Read a Filipino story and tell that story to mom and dad
KEEP ‘EM MOVING
- Do Yoga.
- Practice ballet.
- Bike (in the garage)
- Play with water gun
Keep in mind that these activities are indoor activities. We’ll add outdoor activities soon as long as we’re no longer in quarantine. In the meantime, these will do.
So far, it’s working effectively with the kids. Instead of telling me how bored they are, they simply go to the jar and do the picked activity. It’s a good way to keep them busy as well instead of letting them use gadgets.
Ayi is a stay-at-home mom of two. When her kids are in their best state, she keeps up with chores, work, and ensuring that her sanity is intact. Join her as she navigates through this rollercoaster ride called motherhood.