“Mama, I’m bored…”

Post your ideas of activities, places to go, things to do.



  1. mum said,

    November 6, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Another cool playdough technique is mixing seed beads in with white playdough. When kids rolling pin it flat it looks speckled. Playdough recipe is on the tin of cream of tartar.

  2. mum said,

    November 6, 2011 at 10:01 am

    As for the food colouring in the bath…to extend I pre-fill emptied dishwashing liquid bottles (the squeezy ones) with an assortment of coloured water. My little girl mixes up in her tea set in the bath and watches the water magically change. Eventually leaving a brown bath, but hey, my husband’s kenyan so even if it were to leave the slightest tint, there’s no telling.

  3. amyfoxwell said,

    April 26, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    It’s so simple, cheap and easy and yet supplies hours of fun…a tire swing! Why hadn’t I thought of it before??? And it’s good for the environment too. Just go to any garage and ask them for a tire. They will give you as many as you want. Buy some good sturdy rope, lay a length of garden hose on the tree branch to protect it and Bob’s your uncle! I love to see it hanging there outside the window – it’s such a symbol of good old fashioned wholesome fun. But beware of the ‘just one more push’ syndrome.

  4. Anita said,

    January 16, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Lately my kids have been loving corks and toothpicks. We have tons of corks saved from bottles of wine, they use them to build structures, which also float in a tub of water, so thats fun too!

    • Elizabeth said,

      January 16, 2010 at 3:44 pm

      You’ve obviously drunk too much wine! lol

    • amyfoxwell said,

      January 18, 2010 at 11:51 am

      Great idea – I always wonder what I could do with ALL those corks (and with two young ones at home we go through a lot os after bedtime wine!). Thanks for the post.

  5. Anita said,

    August 10, 2009 at 8:54 am

    I pull out the craft towel, ‘messy shirts’ and paints and let them paint endless pictures.
    i also have various crafts on hand at any time to sit them down to work their way through.
    the dress up bin is always a hit.
    making tents is a hit.
    and to get out and burn some evergy, a walk by the river.

  6. amyfoxwell said,

    June 17, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    You are going to love me for the exquisite ease of this summertime activity. Next bathtime (or even when you decide that playing in the bath will be a great contained middle-of-the-day activity), just put a few drops of food colouring in the water. Amazingly effective for so little effort. Oh, and don’t worry, the food colouring is harmless (we do eat it after all) and you’ll just have to rinse the kids off before they get out of the bath.

  7. amyfoxwell said,

    June 5, 2009 at 8:39 am

    For those rainy days when you can’t think of what to do, grab a flashlight and darken the room, climb up on the bed with your child and make shadows on the wall. Magic.

  8. Maggie said,

    May 23, 2009 at 11:54 am

    I make two identical sets of spices in babyfood jars, with some holes poked in the top and paper taped around the jar so the contents can’t be seen. Each babyfood jar in a set holds a different spice or herb (make them strong smelling and easy to identify; cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg, basil, etc). Then I ask my children to match the smells. This is a Montessori activity and great on a rainy day.

    • Rachel Lisle said,

      May 24, 2009 at 10:27 pm

      My girls are 6 and 8, and have a huge farm on which to run and explore, and yet I have never done such a fun activity with them…..next rainy day we’re opening the spice cabinet! ( I am quite sure my mother did many similar activities with my sister and I but I had forgotten about them) . On the farm we have come across mint, the ubiquitous wild onions, wild tomatoes, etc., and had a taste . We still need to make some dandelion leaf salad, however!

  9. amyfoxwell said,

    May 19, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    I like to help my kids discover all the senses, but I find smell one of the more difficult to design games around. This idea, however is quite simple, and keeps the kids occupied – always a winner.

    Familiarise your children with 3 or 4 plants that can be found in your garden – rosemary, thyme, lilacs, lavendar, whatever has a distinct odor. Let them smell it and help them describe it; is it sweet or peppery, strong or soft, etc. Pick a few pieces of each and go back to ‘home base’. Now, let the child smell the leaves or flowers (without seeing anything) and tell them to go find the plant that has that smell.

    Then you can sit on your chaise logue with a drink and watch them runnig around the garden, expending all their energy and having a great time, while actually learning something about the world around them. Who ever said there weren’t some perfect moments as a mum?

    For those of you without a garden you can do this with potted window sill herbs or take the children to an aromatic garden in your area.

  10. Elizabeth said,

    May 15, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    We do this but make it a treasure hunt where the first “clue” leads her to the place where she finds the next photo clue, etc. until the end where there is a prize. Fun!

  11. amyfoxwell said,

    May 15, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Photo Treasure Hunt – a quick and easy indoor activity.

    While your child is napping, or otherwise engaged, take photos of details around the house – a doorknob, a clock, etc. When you are ready to play the game show the child the photos one by one and ask her to take you to the objects. This helps children develop their observation skills, and they get a great deal of satisfaction when they find the object.

    The quickest and easiest way is with a digital camera and then show your child the images on the screen of your computer.

    Make sure to include some easy things to recognise along with some harder ones (only bits or details of an object, for example).

  12. Sophie said,

    May 14, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Yep. I tried that. But I got too ambitious…I put the radish seeds in the back yard and got like a gazillion of radishes, never watered them of course (why, if they grow without attention, what’s the point?). When the big day came and we were able to taste them…They tasted worse than pure Wasabi! My kids spit them out, said they were awul, and that was the end of the experience…. Now, I just put cherry tomatoes (as soon as they turn dark green, the kids eat them and seem happy with it) and strawberries (even if we get 4 of them, it is still fun to see the whole process – flowers -> small and green -> still small but hopefully redish and not too badly eaten by bugs)….

  13. amyfoxwell said,

    May 14, 2009 at 11:15 am

    I wanted to teach my kids about plants and seeds and watering and all that good stuff, but I have the least green thumb that you can imagine. It’s not even light green. I was worried that we would go through the whole sing and dance about planting the seed and watering, etc and then well…nothing would happen. Now what kind of lesson would that be (other then that mama is a lousy gardener)? But I found the answer – radishes. I bought some radish seeds and planted 2 of them in a medium sized pot, and they sprouted! And miracle of miracles they continue to grow. Easy peasy. The added bonus is that we can eat the radishes at the end of the project, which brings the whole thing full circle and adds another layer to the lesson.

    My kids loves having the responsability of watering and caring for the plant. Mom loves the ease of the project.

    So, for any of you garden losers out there, I recommend the radish experiement.

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