With spring break coming up and summer not far behind, we’re sure to hear the words “I’m bored!!” out of our kids at least once. Kids these days have more resources and activities to do than ever, so there’s absolutely no excuse for them to be bored. If you’re busy like me, you also don’t have the time to be the one entertaining them all day. So, I created these Popsicle Stick Boredom Busters to keep my kids busy when I need to be getting things done! These are super easy, and can even be made… by the kids! Let’s get started!
Popsicle Stick Boredom Busters
- Craft sticks.
- Markers. I used Crayola Super Tips because they’re washable, and leave a pretty watercolor look.
- Container. Whatever container you’d like to store your sticks in.
Grab your markers of choice and your craft sticks. I chose a handful of pastel shades as markers show up much darker on the sticks. I made 4 sticks of each color, so 20 total. You may need more or less depending on the activities you have for your kids to do.
This is the easiest part! Just color your sticks. I colored the front, back, and edges. I love the watercolor effect the markers create. However if you want a more polished look, you can always use paint. Keep in mind though that paint takes much longer and isn’t as little kid friendly.
Get your pen, and you list of activities. I tested several pens, and found that a very fine tip gel pen bled the least on the wood. You can use a sharpie, but they do bleed quite a lot.
Write all your activity options on one end of the sticks! Here’s a list for you of the 20 activities I keep available for my kids. I have a mix of educational, artistic, toys, screen time, and even chores! And you have to do what you pick out!
- Read 1 chapter (in whatever book they’re reading at the time)
- Kinetic sand
- Art project
- 15 minutes video game
- Calico Critters
- 30 minutes computer time
- Write a story
- Play cars
- Practice math skills
- Sweep dining room
- Education show
- Dolls/action figures
- Coloring books
- Clean counters
- Craft project
Pop them into your container, and you’re all done!! You can also use an non see-through container if you want it to be a surprise choice. I hope you enjoy making these, and do something fun while your kids are busy!