Baba has a new saying

“I’m bored”

I will be honest it drives me totally and utterly insane.

He has been saying it for a while but with the half term starting it has got ten times worse and it really does drive me to distraction.

Yesterday I decided enough was enough. He has a million toys and a million things that he can be doing and to say “I’m bored” all the time isn’t using any of the things that he has.

I remembered people talking about Bored Jars before and went onto Twitter and Pinterest to investigate. Luckily Mum In The Madhouse came to my rescue and had some great pins and pieces on her site about Boredom Jars. So after researching them all and having a good look around I decided that we really needed on of these for Baba.

Almost like a mind jogger of the things he could do at home.

Today Baba and I discussed a Bored Jar, we decided that there had to be a few rules about it. Basically if Baba is bored he picks an activity from the jar, if he doesn’t fancy that activity he can pick once more, BUT this activity he has to do. As I know my son he could just spend all day saying no to each activity.

We then went through things that can be added to the jar, I wanted a vast selection and wanted over a 100 activities and I think in the end we got 101. Some Baba decided and said and some I wrote myself and put in the jar.

He was so excited about this that he wanted to decorate the jar, so I let him. He continued to cover it in washi tape and colour in patches of the jar with sharpie pens, (it is nothing I would have done, but the jar is for him and that’s how he wanted it) While he decorated I wrote out the activities and cut them all out to add to the jar.

Eventually we settled on all of these activities and now the jar sits on the unit in the lounge for the dreaded words, “I’m bored”


I tried to make sure we had a mixture, ones Baba can do on his own, with Mr L, Boo and myself. It has things that can be done at home or outside and that really don’t cost any money.

Let’s just hope that the jar makes a difference.

Baba’s ‘I’m Bored’ Jar
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7 thoughts on “Baba’s ‘I’m Bored’ Jar

    • May 29, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      Thank you for the inspiration I am hoping it will really help xx

    • June 2, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      Please do and let me know how you get on xx

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  • July 5, 2017 at 7:48 am

    My mother always responded like this. Good! its helty to be bored. Children today are activatet way to much by their parents and are not used to activate their creativity. Please let them get bored.

    • January 4, 2018 at 8:49 pm

      I was brought up like that, getting bored is great for children


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