Bored jars are so last year, this years new thing here in the frugal house is our homemade Fidget Spinner Boredom Buster!
Sometimes I think that the reason children are so easily bored these days is because they have so many things to choose from when they’re thinking of something to do.
I sound like an antique when I say that don’t I? I just think that sometimes having too much choice makes it harder to make a decision.
That’s why I always used our bored jar when the kids were younger and later, when they were older we switched to our bored jar fit for a tween. These days though they’re too cool for boring old bored jars!
They’re not too old for my new, improved version of a bored jar though – especially seeing as it involves a fidget spinner!
It took me seconds to make and it’s actually quite fun!
I just used a Sharpie to draw some lines on to a paper plate, dividing it up into 6 sections. I then wrote an activity in each of the sections – including a forfeit obviously! You an use a sheet of paper and just draw around something circular if you prefer.
I also used the Sharpie to make a little mark on the fidget spinner itself so we could easily identify which activity it had landed on.
Here’s what I wrote on ours:
- Get outside on your bike or scooter
- Bake some cakes/biscuits
- Tidy your room
- Watch a movie
- Read a book
- Go on Pinterest / Youtube and find something you want to make
These are all ideas that I know work with my two but obviously you can choose your ideas depending on what you know your children enjoy. You could even have one for rainy days and one for outside days!
Then I just put the fidget spinner in the middle, pop my finger on top to hold in place and get the kids to spin!
Sometimes they might ask for a re-spin (especially when it lands on the tidy your room segment) but on the whole it works pretty well!
Don’t miss out on future posts like this – receive updates directly to your inbox by email by adding your email address here and hitting subscribe. You can also follow me on Twitter, BlogLovin or Networked Blogs and I’d love to see you over on my Facebook page and on Instagram.