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A fun activity to curb boredom all summer long

Banish boredom for your kids this summerHere’s a great solution to keep on hand for all those “I’m bored” or “I have nothing to do” moments of summer. It can also be a great after-dinner activity to do as a family.

We call them 1, 2, 3 activity bags, but you can also use jars, boxes, etc.

  1. Print out our printable activity slips sheet.  You can print as many copies of the sheet as you want to make enough slips to last you the summer.
  2. Cut out your activity slips and divide them into three piles, each with the same number of slips.
  3. Fill out each slip with a portion of an activity – everything in one pile should be an activity (draw a picture, take a photo, write a story, etc.). Everything in the 2nd pile should be a subject (an animal, a person, a fictional character). And everything in the 3rd pile is what the subject is doing (catching a fish, baking a cake, driving a car).  Use our suggested ideas (below), and/or come up with some of your own that might appeal to your family. Use characters and activities your kids enjoy.
  4. Place each pile in separate bags, boxes or jars to keep around for the summer.
  5. When your child is looking for something to do, have him or her pull out one slip from each bag/box.

Parents can play, too!  Keep the containers handy and full throughout the summer so you have an answer next time you hear, “I’m bored.”  You could also make a special “vacation edition” to take along on a road trip.

Have fun!


Category 1

  • Draw a picture
  • Write a story
  • Write a song
  • Create a dance
  • Take a picture
  • Make a movie
  • Create a skit

Category 2

  • Of your parents
  • Of your siblings
  • Of your grandparents
  • Of your pet
  • Of a dinosaur
  • Of a monkey
  • Of yourself

Category 3

  • Riding a kangaroo
  • Playing football
  • Baking cookies
  • Having a water balloon fight
  • Flying in a hot air balloon
  • Fighting off evil villains
  • Driving a double decker bus

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