Day 29 – The Bored Jar

So, one thing you are quite likely to hear during the holidays no matter how you have filled the days with educational, fun and inspiring adventures is ‘I’m bored’… it’s a completely infuriating whine from children who most likely have rooms full of expensive toys, a garden to play in, boxes of dressing up clothes, books etc etc. Rather than argue with them about how rich and lucky their lives are – I now just direct them to the bored jar…

You need to think this through, as whatever you put in the jar has to be ‘available’ for them to actually do! This is why I’m NOT giving you a list to download, as it may have things that aren’t going to work for your situation. You will get amazing ideas on Pinterest, and also different ways to create your jar.  If you have time, then writing them on lolly sticks is good as they will last again and again, if you are short of time, then scribble on paper and rip them into squares. Any old container will work, we used an empty tissue box before I got this lovely jar in the £1 shop.

If you are really going to town, you could colour code ideas into various categories, which would give the kids an idea of what  they were picking e.g. physical activity, thinking, craft, food… or you could just have a numbered list and then put the numbers into the jar. It’s entirely up to you, but it puts responsibility back onto the child to entertain themselves somewhat.

Apparently, being bored is when our brains work extra hard to think of new things, so it’s actually quite a good thing for children to sometimes have to create ideas for themselves…

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