breaking news

Springfield hospital system awarded for using tech to improve health

DIY for cheap: ‘I’m bored’ jar filled with ideas

As children get on with their summer vacation, parents are inevitably going to hear the words “I’m bored.” With this week’s do-it-yourself project, parents and adult supervisors can get minimize whining from boredom and keep children entertained all summer long.

Supplied needed

Items I purchased:

• One 8 ½ x 11 full sheet label - $12.79 for a box of 10 sheets at Office Depot

• Colored craft sticks - $1 at Dollar Tree

Items I already had:

• Mason jar

• Ribbon

• Fine point sharpie marker or pen

• Scissors


1. Use your pen and write one activity per stick that is appropriate for your child to do. For example, you can have them “read a book” or “play hide and seek with your sister.” Come up with a variety of activities that can be done in groups or individually. You can also include a few chores in the mix such as “clean under your bed” or “collect your dirty clothes.”

2. Place all of the sticks into the jar. Make sure the words are facing inward so they can’t just see and select a specific task.

3. Print out a label on your computer that says “Bored Jar.” Cut out the label and stick it onto the front of the jar. If you would like a template of the label I used for my jar, then send an email to me at You can also cut out the dots on the template and decorate around your bottle, as well.

4. Decorate the jar by typing a ribbon around the neck of the bottle. You could also cover the top with a fun fabric for more variety.

5. Now, whenever your child starts whining that he or she is bored, have them go to the jar and pick out an activity to do. This will keep them entertained, and they can never complain again that there is nothing to do.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in

Parenting with the Kid Whisperer: Mom or servant? Hmmm…

Dear Kid Whisperer, I have three boys, aged 8, 12, and 16, who are all quite disrespectful and very unappreciative of me. It’s very hurtful. I am a stay-at-home mom and I think of myself as being great at my job. I cook them hot meals, do their laundry, clean their rooms, drive them everywhere, and help them with their homework. I take care of...
D.L. STEWART: Some generations’ changes don’t add up

People of a younger generation can, and do, poke fun at their elders’ fumbling attempts to cope with modern technology. I do it all the time, although that’s getting a lot harder, because I don’t have as many elders as I used to. When you need an easy laugh, you can’t go wrong joking about mom trying to Skype or grandpa putting...
Coupon deals of the week
Coupon deals of the week

Coupon availability and coupon values may vary within different regions or neighborhoods. Arm and Hammer Toothpaste This week at Rite-Aid, Arm and Hammer toothpaste is on sale for $3. Although you pay this price upfront, when you check out you will get 200 PlentiPoints back, which is equivalent to $2 good off your next purchase. When you factor in...
Parenting with Dr. Ramey: 6 of the best, most inspiring quotes

In addition to collecting baseball cards, I started writing down favorite quotes when I was in elementary school. My mom “cleaned out” (i.e., threw away) my cards when I went to college, but I’ve continued to collect the inspirational perspectives from others. My collection has changed over the years. I’ve deleted “feel...
He does what? Dogs’ quirks fit them to a Q
He does what? Dogs’ quirks fit them to a Q

Just like their human counterparts, dogs have quirks. Those strange and sometimes unexplainable habits. Dog’s quirks befuddle and amuse their owners. ››MORE PETS: Painting with your dog At the next party you attend, start up a conversation about you dog’s funny habits. It won’t take long for others to describe...
More Stories