10 Great Boredom Busters for Kids

According to the Christmas countdown clock that has been nagging at me for days, as of this moment, I have 2 days, 9 hours, 5 minutes, and 21 seconds left to buy 4 more gifts, wrap 17 presents, bake 3 batches of cookies, clean up the mess from making those cookies, plan a holiday menu, shop for that holiday menu, fill stockings, and a handful of other things that are slipping my overwhelmed-with-all-things-Christmas mind at the moment.

And the closer it gets to the big day, the more I hear…

Mommy, how many days until Santa comes?

Mommy, I’m bored.

Mommy, will you play with me?

Mommy, Matthew’s touching me.

Mommy, NOW how many days until Santa comes?

So, I’ve been scrambling around in search of fun things for her to do, while I try to finish up all of my last minute preparations for Christmas morning.

Some of these things require some parental supervision and others are more hands off.

Hope they help you, because the hours are ticking by!

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    You know that jar of stray buttons you've accumulated over the years? Here's a great way to use them in a fun project.
    Click here for directions.
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    Sometimes the best cure for boredom is getting the kids into the kitchen to make something that requires lots of measuring and stirring. These healthy pumpkin granola bars are delicious!
    Click here for the recipe.
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    What's not to love about this snow globe project?
    Click here for instructions.
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    This project is fun to make and then tons of fun to play with after.
    Click here to find out more.
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    My daughter is still playing with this glitter playdough that we made weeks ago.
    Click here for directions.
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    There's nothing like a scavenger hunt to keep kids happy and occupied. This would be extra fun with holiday items as the theme.
    Click here for instructions.
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    I love this great resource for printable coloring patterns. Some of these patterns are simple and others are elaborate (read: great to keep your kids busy for a while).
    Click here for these free printables.
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    My daughter loves making these little "stained glass" candle holders.
    Click here for simple directions.
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    This frozen bubble activity actually makes me wish we lived in a colder climate!
    Click here to learn how to make these.
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    This fun snow paint is just one of hundreds of great ideas on this site.
    Click here to learn more.

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Article Posted 5 years Ago

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