I like finding new and exciting things to keep my children busy, to help prevent boredom. When boredom hits, it can be difficult to get back on track. This why we enjoy putting together a boredom box. You are going to love all these boredom box ideas and activities to help you out!
If you have multiple children that you are homeschooling at one time, you will most likely encounter needing to homeschool older children with toddlers and small children in tow. This can be quite the challenge, especially if you have children that need to be occupied constantly to keep some kind of calm in the house. We don’t always have the ability to work with our older children during nap times. Many times we are homeschooling and need to keep the little ones engaged and active at the same time.
I have 4 children I have homeschooled from the beginning. There are always seasons and periods in our life that can be a struggle to get homeschooling and housework done. There are two moments that I will always remember that were our toughest in our homeschooling journey. My son was 9, I had a 3 year old daughter who was in need of physical therapy and multiple appointments a week, plus a nursing baby. We were out of the house 4 times a week. It was hard to keep up with school while being out. I had to find things for my oldest and the 3 year old to keep them occupied while we were in waiting rooms, or when I was tending to the baby.
Another difficult time was when my husband was in school and working full time. We barely saw each other, and I was carrying most of the load with keeping a home, and caring for the children while homeschooling. I was pregnant with my 4th child, and I had a VERY unruly toddler who just wasn’t happy unless she had something to keep her busy. She was a daddy’s girl and was miserable when he was not home; it was exhausting. I had to be very strategic in keeping her busy, so I could work with her older siblings and try to get some rest myself.
We hope that these boredom box ideas and activities will give you the relief you need:
Busy bags, busy boxes and boredom boxes were all complete life savers and gave me back some sanity, and a much needed break to be able to move on to someone else who needed my help. They also work great for a pregnant tired mama. You can give your child a fun activity, and try to get them to sit next to you while you lay on the couch and try to rest a bit.
We like this one-page printable crafts free download:
Printable activities to include in a boredom box:
I love keeping fun printables in a folder to pull out when I need to keep them busy, but we don’t want to get out lots of small pieces and materials. These are also nice to organize by theme in a pendaflex and pull out during different seasons and holidays. It’s great to take to appointments as well.
Build a Room Printable Activity for Kids – your little ones can enjoy being creative and furnishing rooms and completing activities with this fun fine motor practice activity set. This is an instant download!
Bible Story Sequencing Cut and Paste – kids will cut out 3-5 images from a Bible story and then paste them on the worksheets in their proper order. This is an instant download.
All About Me Winter Activity Sheets Instant Download – these activity sheets are so cute, your children will record their favorite parts of winter while they create characters that look like them.
1+1+1=1 has created Tot Packs. Tot Packs are themed folders or envelopes with fun laminated cards and games to help keep your kids busy. Check out this HUGE list of Tot Packs! There are books, tv characters, holidays and much more.
You’ll love this printable list to pull out when you need a fresh idea to keep your little ones busy:
If you don’t want to create you own boxes and want to purchase some easy to pull out craft kits we love these:
Alex Discover My Giant Busy Box Craft Kit Kids Art and Craft ActivityAlex Discover My ABC Busy Box Kids Art and Craft ActivityAlex Discover Paper Bag Puppets Kids Art and Craft ActivityAlex Little Hands Paper Plate Bugs Kids Toddler Art and Craft Activity
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!