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Mom I'm Bored Jar from Somewhat Simple

Posted by  ·  June 9, 2010  ·  Last Updated: May 23, 2016

The fabulously talented blogger Steph from Somewhat Simple is here to save the day with a, “Mom I’m Bored Jar.”

Steph writes…

By about the second week of summer, moms all over the world have one thing in common- we are all sick and tired of the age-old phrase, “Mom, I’m bored!”
Last summer, my friend told me that every time her son said he was bored, she would give him a baby wipe and pick a room of the house and have him dust all the baseboards in that room! It didn’t take him too long to find something else to do and stop telling his mom he was bored!
I loved this idea and decided I needed to make my own go-to jar with lots of ideas on how to keep my kids busy. Some of the ideas are fun, some of the ideas are not, so before my kids decide to have me entertain them, they really need to decide if its worth it or not! They might get “Make cookies with Mom”, or they might get “Pull weeds.” They could get “Play in the sprinklers”, or they could get “Do a chore of Mom’s choice!”
Here is how I made it:
• I simply took a plain cookie jar- you could even recycle something from a spaghetti sauce jar or something you already have.

• I filled the jar with strips of paper with printed “activities” on each of them. Here are the activities I used. Feel free to print them out and use them if you’d like! (click on the photos to enlarge)

• I tied some ribbon around the neck of the jar for some added color. (Tip: You’ll notice in the picture below, I tied only 1 thin ribbon around the entire neck of the jar so that the lid will still close and the ribbon won’t be in the way. Then I tied other ribbon onto that 1 ribbon just at the top.)

• Lastly, I added this image to the top of the lid.

And that’s it!
The perfect Summer Boredom Buster!
For more great ideas please visit Somewhat Simple. You also don’t want to miss Steph’s new blog, Crazy Domestic!
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  1. Monday, March 6th, 2017
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  3. Monday, April 8th, 2013
    Love this list! We are making a bored jar right now, and your long list was very helpful :)
  4. Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
    Love this idea! While it's perfect for the summer months, I think this would be great ALL year long!
  5. Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
    Fantastic idea!!!! Perfect for the summer months, but I think this would be great all year round! Hmmm... I need to start thinking up chores AND fun stuff to add.

    Thanks for the inspiration!
  6. Sunday, June 5th, 2011
    Here is another idea that I found last year for the I'm Bored Jar. There's a PDF download. We use ours all the time. http://www.homespun-threads.com/hp_zencart/download/bored.pdf
  7. amy
    Wednesday, July 28th, 2010
    I love, love this idea! Thank you for sharing!
  8. Tuesday, July 13th, 2010
    This is a great idea! I love that you included such a wide variety of activities...including some "around the house" chores.

    I originally came to this post because it was linked to over at Habits for a Happy Home. I especially appreciated Kendra's "rule" for her family's jar: http://habitsforahappyhome.wordpress.com/2010/07/12/im-bored/.
  9. Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
    What a GREAT idea and while we don't allow the phrase "I'm bored" to be used in our house, the feeling certainly shows up and I think I'm going to have to make one of these for the kids.
  10. Erin
    Tuesday, June 15th, 2010
    Wow, what a great idea! I'm sharing this with all my mommy friends!
  11. Monday, June 14th, 2010
    Wow, I love the idea!!!! I'm going to prepare it all through the week, on recycled paper.

    We tell sometimes our daughter to dust the book and magazines on the library but thanks to you we will have more ideas now ;)
  12. Friday, June 11th, 2010
    You inspired me to blog about my Summer List, so I included your Mom I'm Bored Jar at the bottom with a link back.


    Would love to have you stop by since you provided the inspiration!
  13. sarab
    Friday, June 11th, 2010
    love te idea printed it out now im on the hunt for the perfect jar!! thanks
  14. Friday, June 11th, 2010
    This is great! Especially with the printable ideas! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com.
  15. Kim
    Thursday, June 10th, 2010
    LOVE this idea so much that I printed it up to send home with my Kindergarten students. I figure that their parents might be looking for some ideas of what to do very soon. :)
  16. Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
    Love this, definitely going to have to do this! :) Thanks for the great idea!
  17. Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
    Oh such a cool idea :)
  18. Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
    I keep a list of activities to do each week with my kids for when they seem to be entering into the cranky, unmotivated area.

  19. Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
    I love it!!
  20. Lauralee Hensley
    Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
    Hey growing up my siblings and I always knew never to say I'm bored to my mom. It always meant doing chores.
    Though I think this is a really good idea.
  21. Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
    LOVE This, so cute! Hope it saves my sanity :)
  22. Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
    Love it! Took me only about 20 minutes to make mine and I know saved me countless hours of sanity this summer! Here is my version --- used an icing tub. http://creatingdaybyday.blogspot.com/2010/06/im-bored-jar.html
  23. Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
    I'm hearing this already, and school's not even out until tomorrow! Printing the activities now! I think I'll make the jar while I'm finishing up our teacher gifts this afternoon!
  24. Kelly
    Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
    Perfect solution to help me through the summer. Thank you for the great idea:)
  25. Mary Norman
    Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
    Great idea....... and I love the jar too, it's pretty.
  26. Nadja C
    Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
    Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! .... great idea!!!
  27. Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
    This is the best idea everrrrr! I have been struggling to figure out how I can balance activities with managing the house and this is just perfect. My girls are young but I can totally make this age appropriate. But this gets my wheels turning! I am so excited about it and I give you a humungo thanks for it! You have no idea how timely this was for me! Big Hugs!
  28. Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
    Love it! Will probably change a few. My kids are reading through it right now!
  29. Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
    I am so doing this!!! Even after summer is over this will be great! My kids constantly say "I'm bored" or "I don't know what to do" so this is perfect.
  30. Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
    I have always had each kid make a "summer list", a list of things they would like to do with their summer. It can be as simple as chewing a whole pack of gum at a time, sleeping on the tramp or going camping. When they're bored, I make them look at their list and try to cross something off.

    Your jar is so adorable! What a way to be prepared for the inevitable. I do think it is ironic that moms never have time to be bored. :)
  31. Jennifer
    Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
    The best idea! My girls just read the lists and agreed to it. I'll be making it today!!!
  32. Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
    i ♥ this..super cute!
  33. Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
    Awesome idea! I've got our "I'm bored" list on a chalkboard but this might be more fun...and more surprising!
  34. Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
    This is absolutely perfect!! I don't know if ours will be exactly like yours or not, but we will have one on the counter by the weekend. GREAT idea!!!