activities for bored kids

They Were Bored … Honest! 

If you read my post from last week about the bird that flew into my house and then proceeded to shit purple shit all over the place, you will understand just where I am in my life! This event led me to come up with the most genius activities for bored kids. Seriously … I’m a genius.

In case you missed it, here is a brief recap of previous events. There are two bushes / shrubs off my verandah that have dark purple berries growing on them. The birds eat the berries and then shit everywhere, including inside my house one day!

bush with purple berries

The birds eat the berries then shit all over my verandah!

Lightbulb moment!

So, this afternoon I had a genius idea of how to kill two birds with one stone … metaphorically of course!

After my kids complained for the 100th time that they were bored, I knew I had to come up with some activities for these bored kids.

And so I did what any self respecting out of ideas mum would do. I gave them the “super fun” and “important” game of picking ALL the berries off the bushes so the birds don’t make a mess! It’s all in the delivery really. You have two options:

  1. Be excited about your idea and inspire excitement in them.
  2. Act like you don’t want them to do it, so that they actually do want to.

I went with option 1 this time. They thought this was a fabulous idea, and totally understood how they were “helping mommy!”

things to do when the kids are bored
picking berries because they are bored

After they were all ‘set’ up with their bowls and wobbly plastic chairs, I did what any self respecting, bad mum in her right mind on a Friday afternoon would do. I poured myself a large glass of wine and took pictures of my adorable kids picking berries of the bushes. I had to take the pictures, just to have proof of my genius idea.

Bonus points: it’s outdoors in all the nature so it counts as playing outside, and cutting down on screen time!

activities for bored kids

Unfortunately, by the time I finished writing up this hilarious post filled with inspiration, sarcasm and wine, the kids had given up with the ‘boring’ task.

They are now back on the iPad asking Siri random questions. Questions such as, “How many sleeps until Easter?”!

Oh well, it was fun while it lasted!

Don’t forget to check back in next week for more fun and inspiring activities for bored kids, and ideas on how to keep your kids busy. I’m always here to help!

You’re Welcome!

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    1. haha … thanks. Maybe my in-laws weren’t as far off as I’d like to think when they referred to me as “the lazy queen”!

  3. Ha-ha Such funny reading. The kids are interfering with your wine drinking. ? Excited to see what you think of next week. #globalblogging

  4. More ideas like this please & thank you! I am always looking for ways to incorporate wine into activities! It’s a win/win!


  5. I regularly allow my girls to play ‘Match the Socks from the Washing Pile’. It’s a great game, and they love it. Honest… ish. 😉 #TriumphantTales

    1. Haha … I always forget this one! Great tip! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Brilliant! It was good while it lasted hey?! Thanks for joining #TriumphantTales, hope to see you back next week! 🙂

  7. #triumphanttales move the bush, it seems easier. Although i like your glass pulling idea – alas most mummy ideas don’t last long.

  8. What a lovely garden you have! How did you get the blueberry trees there? Do you grow them yourself? I want to do this but I’m scared I would kill all of the trees lol hey at least the girls were entertained for a little while! Thanks for sharing with #GlobalBlogging!

    1. They aren’t blueberries that you buy in the shops. My girls know NOT to eat them. And I can’t take credit for the garden. It was like that when we moved in, but thank you. I’d probably have killed it all by now to if I didn’t have a weekly garden service. lol

  9. This is genius. The wine and the delegating of tasks. I am going to try this. I wonder if I can convince my two that cleaning the house is fun? #FridayFrolics

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    1. Oops – sorry for the random link there! It was something I was looking at on fb – not quite sure how I managed to link it into my comment! Must stop messing about on multiple screens at once. Please feel free to delete that. And I meant to say thanks so much for joining us on #FridayFrolics (as opposed to what I apparently actually said, which was essentially ‘look how much Jeremy Corbyn’s son looks like Elijah Wood’! He does though! Apologies again!)

  11. Ah well at least you tried! And very creative too..! It is so hard to keep them focused on anything for more than ten minutes (except the tv of course). I try this all the time when it’s a sunny day, ways to get them to go outside and STAY outside but like you they arrive back in a few minutes later saying “Ugh I’m bored!”. The one thing they love doing is having a picnic out in the garden, even a pretend one with their teddies. That normally keeps them occupied for about half an hour! #itsok

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