Anti-Boredom Kits…8 of them!

posted on July 25, 2011 by  |  posted under Boys, Family Time, Fun With Kids, Girls, Parenting  |  7 Comments

8 antiboredom kits

8 antiboredom kitsIn honor of National Anti-Boredom Month we decided to make

‘anti boredom’ kits

Put each ‘kit’ in a brown paper bag and then label them 1-8.  Each time a kid is bored they can go grab a bag.  Oh, they look so cute and so ‘secretive’  in their brown bags just waiting to cure their ailment! Just wait…I bet you have most of the stuff in your house already.

Just a thought…I think this would make a super fun gift for a mom who just had a baby.  Why?   For the older kids to be entertained while mom rested.  Hey, it would take out some of the guilt for putting the older kids in front of the TV while mom and baby rested!

8 antiboredom kits

I tried to make this post simple, so this post will be just the kits with links to the how to’s.  So here we go!

#1 Paper Fortune Teller (Starting with something easy to assemble!)

Items to put in bag:


1.  Follow the instructions found on the printable. (E.A.S.Y. and it gave my kids hours of productive fun!  Thanks again, Melissa!!!)

#2 Magic Star Here’s how to do it: Great Magic Trick

  • Flat toothpicks
  • Water Bottle
  • Paper Clip
  1. Unfold paper clip and poke a hole into the top of the lid of the water bottle.
  2. Break 5 toothpicks in half.
  3. Place the broken sides of the toothpicks together.  They should almost look like a circle.
  4. Use your water bottle and place a drop of water into the broken parts of the toothpicks.
  5. Keep adding drops until the toothpicks move and become a star!

8 antiboredom kits

#3 Popsicle Harmonica: From Mya*Made

  • 3 rubber bands: 1 wide, 2 small
  • two popsicle sticks
  • two pieces of sturdy paper 3/4 inch
  • tape


  1. Get your stuff out!
  2. Lay one stick on top of the other with the paper strips towards the sides of the stick.
  3. Fold over each piece of paper.
  4. Secure paper with a little tape. Tape shouldn’t touch the sticks at all.
  5. Carefully slip out the bottom stick.
  6. Stretch the longer rubber band around the length of the top stick. Place the bottom stick directly under it and secure them both with the two smaller rubber bands.

Done! Blow and make some music!8 antiboredom kits

#4 Bubble Blowing Contest

Items needed:

  • Measuring stick (An 8 inch white piece of paper that the kids mark on to replicate a measureing stick.
  • Pack of bubble gum


  1. Give everyone a piece of gum
  2. Have them blow a bubble
  3. Measure from their lips to the end of the bubble with the measuring stick.
  4. Mark on the measuring stick how big the bubble grew!
  5. The biggest bubble blower is the winner

8 antiboredom kits

#5 Magic Potion  Great Magic Trick

  • Jar of magic powder
  • Jar of magic water
  • Water
  • 2 Cups


  1. Pour Magic ‘water’ into one of the cups
  2. Fill that same container with regular water and put into the other cup (one cup should have water and one should have the magic water).
  3. Pour a little of the magic powder into each of the cups
  4. …and WATCH!

Make sure you have paper towels…just in case!!!

I got the jars in sets of 8 at the dollar store.

#6 Faded Star

Items Needed:

  • Construction Paper
  • Black paper
  • Scissors (Not found in the bag)


  1. Cut a design out of the black paper (a star, heart, whatever)
  2. Place on top of construction paper
  3. Place in front of a window for 3 days.
  4. Remove the black paper and you’ve got a faded shape!

8 antiboredom kits

#7 Yo-Yo Balloons Jessica from Zakka-Life

  • Balloons
  • Large Thick Rubber Bands


  1. Fill the water balloon with water until it’s roughly the size of a golf ball.
  2. Fill with air until the balloon is the size of an orange.
  3. Tie shut.
  4. Tie Large rubber band onto the balloon.

8 antiboredom kits

#8 Family Dinner Questions

Items needed in bag:

  1. Cut out each question and put in the bag.
  2. Pull out questions each night at dinner and see if your family can guess!

Hoping to banish the boredom blues!

Happy Anti boredom Month!

8 antiboredom kits

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    1. July 25th, 2011 at 4:55 pm
      Heather says:
      Love these ideas! They came at just the right time…we are vacationing with extended family next month with a wide variety of kids and aside from the usual bubbles, playdough, fishing with grandpa, making mud pies in the dirt it would be great to have some additional items to keep the kids busy ;)! Thanks for doing all the legwork for me! Off to get gum & brown bags...!
    2. July 25th, 2011 at 8:13 pm
      Anna says:
      What cute ideas! Thank you for sharing these at the Weekend Warrior Link Party. I think I might have to make some of these for my daughter and I. :)

    3. July 31st, 2011 at 12:18 pm
      Jodi Rives says:
      My mom's answer to "I'm bored" was always "Here are some chores you can do until you get un-bored." Worked every time. I guess times change! :)
    4. July 31st, 2011 at 9:30 pm
      rani says:
      Awesome ideas!!!!
    5. August 1st, 2011 at 12:37 pm
      Debbie says:
      Lots of great ideas that I want to try. It would be helpful to have a picture of the finished popsicle craft like you have for the blueberry muffin recipe.
    6. August 1st, 2011 at 6:12 pm
      mandy says:
      This is fantastic! Lots of great ideas! Just wanted to let you know that I pinned you on pinterest!
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