Bored. You wouldn’t think this simple, five-letter word could hold so much meaning. You’re feeling bored with nothing pressing to do. Your kids have been complaining of boredom from the moment they woke up. Actually being bored due to things beyond your control. The list goes on and on.
No matter the reason, we’ve all been there. To help ease your boredom, we’ve come up with a list of activities to stimulate those brains and bodies with easy, fun, achievable activities for all ages. Order up Buffalo Wings & Rings for carryout, curbside pickup, or delivery (where available) and then see if we can’t help you beat back those doldrums.
10 Activities for Toddlers
- Puzzle play. Work on an age-appropriate puzzle or make your own.
- Finger paint. Put washable paints in an old egg carton or plastic cups. Spread paper out on the floor or on a table.
- Make your own play-dough. All you need is flour, salt, vegetable oil, and food coloring!
- Balloon time. Blow up a couple balloons and see how long you can keep them off the ground or play balloon volleyball.
- Sticker fun. Use stickers to create a scene from a favorite book or start a pattern and have them complete it.
- Tub time. Toddlers can spend hours in the tub. Add in toys, tub paints, or crayons, and let their creativity run wild.
- Make bubbles. Make your own bubbles using soap, warm water, and food coloring.
- Practice letters and numbers. Make letter and number learning fun by using dry erase markers on windows or letting them use an app on a tablet or smartphone.
- Building blocks. Use Duplos, cardboard blocks, shipping boxes, or any other building pieces to make towers or buildings.
- Create a blanket fort. Use furniture, blankets, and chip clips to build the living room fortress of your kids’ dreams.
10 Activities for Preschoolers
- Use your imagination. Turn your playground equipment into a pirate ship or castle. Or, get creative and build your own!
- Make jewelry. Use beads or even macaroni. Dye the macaroni in food coloring first to add some color.
- Make sock puppets. Gather your old socks, markers, glue, and googly eyes for this one.
- Paint. Set up an easel or get out a sturdy piece of cardboard and let them paint to their heart’s content.
- Dig in the dirt. Hand your child a spade and let them dig in your yard. Write down or sort their discoveries.
- Play games. Memory, Go Fish, and Candyland are all preschool favorites.
- Marble paint. Put white paper into the bottom of a box, dip marbles into paint, and let the marbles roll around, “painting” your paper.
- I-Spy games. Play I-Spy in all the rooms of your house or take the game outside.
- Play cops and robbers. Introduce your kids to a game from your childhood.
- Run through the sprinklers. If it’s warm enough, why not?
10 Activities for Elementary Kids
- Play outside. Jump rope. Create an outdoor obstacle course. Play freeze-tag or hide-and-seek.
- Get creative with chalk. Draw the hardest hopscotch you can muster. Play tic-tac-toe on the driveway. Make a 4-square court. Write inspirational messages for your neighbors to read on their walks. Draw a self-portrait.
- Paint. Do a paint-by-number kit. Check out a how-to video. Watch Bob Ross do his thing. Paint over any old canvases you have laying around.
- Take an interactive tour. Many museums and national parks have free, interactive tours posted online.
- Play ball. Toss a softball or baseball, play kickball, tennis, basketball, or any other “ball” game.
- Lego building. Create-your-own Lego building challenge. Use a timer and split into teams if there’s enough people.
- Go on a scavenger hunt. Hide a “treasure” and work backward creating clues for others to follow.
- Make your own Mad Libs. Grab a pen and paper or use a computer and print out your soon-to-be-silly stories.
- Help a neighbor. Make a care package for an elderly or shut-in neighbor. Call ahead and then leave it at their doorstep with some uplifting notes or pictures.
- Read a book. Becoming engrossed in a good book can make time fly by.
10 Activities for Teenagers
- Taste test. Blindfold “contestants” and see if they can guess what they’re eating. Use categories such as wing sauce flavors, snack foods, cheese, etc.
- Tie-dye. Use a kit or make your own dye and go crazy on some old white t-shirts or pillowcases.
- Board games. Try a new board game or an older one that you used to think took too long on a typical day. Monopoly anyone?
- Exercise. Run or walk around the neighborhood, create an obstacle course for your siblings, jump rope, dance – you name it.
- Pet care. Teach your dog or cat a new trick or clean out your fish or other animal habitat.
- Start your garden. Now’s the time to get seeds started indoors.
- Rearrange your bedroom. Get a new perspective on things. Paint it too, if there’s time and supplies.
- Make a family tree. Use an online forum like Ancestry or try to piece together your own family roots using old photos and other bits of history that you have.
- Camp in your own backyard. Keep all the conveniences of home close by as you sleep out under the stars.
- Make dinner. Take over the kitchen and plan, prep, cook, and clean up dinner for your whole family.
10 Activities for Adults
- Wine tasting. Have a small wine-tasting party with your partner or make it a larger party by video chatting with friends!
- Make a meal. Dust off those old cookbooks and cook or bake something you’ve never attempted before. Or try making these easy, tasty Instant Pot Chicken Wings.
- Organize digital files. Now is the time to finally get those photos and videos under control.
- Meditate or practice mindfulness. Use an app or practice on your own. Learn to de-stress for a healthier mind and body.
- Make photo albums. Finally get caught up on all those photo albums from years past, whether printed or digital.
- Learn a new skill. Get better at smartphone photography, learn to sew or knit, or dust off that piano or guitar and learn to play a tune.
- House projects. You know that leaky faucet? How about that room you never fully finished painting? What better time than now to tackle it?
- Host an indoor picnic. Pick up your favorite meal to-go and spread a picnic tablecloth on the floor. Turn on some tunes and have a party inside.
- Clean out those closets. Remove any article of clothing you haven’t worn in the past year or two. Make a donation pile to drop off in the near future.
- Workout. You don’t need a lot of fancy equipment to get in a good workout. Download an app or pull up an online video and sweat out your boredom.
And of course, the best way to wind down after an activity-filled day is to place an order for pickup from Buffalo Wings & Rings, sit back, relax, and binge your favorite shows or movies.
We’ll be seeing you in person soon!