Inside: This magical invention will transform your bored kid into a happy kid. And the best part? After the first time, it requires zero effort on your part.
We’ve hit a new phase in the last few weeks: “Mom, I’m bored.”
Previous phases included “I know that” and “I don’t care,” which we dealt with by redirecting our 5-year-old to say “I know” (in a non-know-it-all tone) and “That’s okay,” respectively.
At first, I thought we could handle the “bored kid” phenomenon the same way. I asked her to try this instead: “Mom, can you help me find something to do?”
But it turns out when you’re in the middle of loading the dishwasher or paying bills or binge-watching New Girl, it’s hard to switch gears and come up with something fun for your kid to do.
Bored Kid? Meet the Bored Jar
I came across this magical invention and knew I had to make one.
Here’s the basic idea:
- Get a jar and some jumbo popsicle sticks.
- (Optional) Decorate one side of the popsicle sticks with washi tape.*
- Write ideas for fun stuff to do on the popsicle sticks, and put them in the jar (hereafter referred to as the Bored Jar).
- When your kid says she’s bored, point to the Bored Jar.
- Your kid picks a stick and does what it says. PROBLEM SOLVED.
* I am not a crafty person, but I figured even I could handle sticking washi tape on popsicle sticks. It’s not necessary for your Bored Jar – some people even use slips of paper instead of popsicle sticks. So I’m pretty much an overachiever.
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