Boredom Busters

    “Boredom Busters,” Friend, Aug. 2014, 24–25

    Boredom Busters!

    Think you can do all 34 things?

    Boredom Busters

    12 Things to Do with a Cardboard Box

    1. Build Lehi’s ship.

    2. Flatten a box into a sled for dry, grassy hills.

    3. Create a castle.

    4. Make a home for a pet. If it’s for a cat, try hanging streamers from the ceiling!

    5. Use it to store photos and journals.

    6. Design a robot. Cover it in tinfoil and cut holes for your head and arms.

    7. Set up a lemonade stand.

    8. Decorate it as a dollhouse.

    9. Make it into a time machine for time-travel adventures.

    10. Tape big boxes together to form a crawl-through maze.

    11. Build a box city. Each box is a building.

    12. Tape flattened boxes to the floor and skate around in your socks.

    5 Places to Visit

    1. a city park

    2. a museum

    3. the library

    4. a family history center

    5. a fire station

    7 Items to Put in a Care Package

    1. Homemade goodies

    2. Photos and drawings

    3. Small holiday decorations

    4. A copy of the Book of Mormon or a Church magazine

    5. A leaf from your backyard

    6. A package of gum

    7. A small toy, like a card game or a yo-yo

    10 Things to Do at the Park

    1. Have a picnic.

    2. Set up a silly race, like an obstacle course or egg-carrying race.

    3. Plan a scavenger hunt.

    4. Play Team Tag. The person who is “it” joins hands with each person he or she tags. Before long you’ll have a chain of people trying to tag the rest. The game ends when the team catches the last runner.

    5. Play Hide-and-Seek.

    6. Play Beanbag Horseshoes. Place a Hula-Hoop on the ground and take turns trying to toss beanbags or tennis balls into the Hula-Hoop. You get three points if your bag or ball lands inside the hoop and one point if it touches the outside of the hoop.

    7. Play catch with a beach ball and towels. Two people hold one towel together and use it to throw and catch the beach ball with another team.

    8. Cool off on a hot day with a game of Duck Duck Splash! This game is like Duck Duck Goose, except with a wet sponge. Walk in a circle around the other players and tap each head lightly with the sponge. Then, to pick the “goose,” squeeze the sponge over the goose’s head! Keep a bucket of water handy.

    9. Make some huge bubbles. Have an adult bend a wire coat hanger into a circle. Then dip it in bubble soap (6 cups water + 1 cup dish soap + 1/4 cup corn syrup) and wave your wand to let the fun fly.

    10. Hold a paper airplane–flying contest. You can compete by throwing for distance or accuracy. Or just fly them for fun!