“Boredom always precedes a period of great creativity.” – Robert M. Pirsig
Before jumping into ways of making a boredom box for children, let’s acknowledge the energetic nature of toddlers who constantly seek stimulation. While they also need their quiet time, experts agree that occasional boredom is beneficial for children as it encourages them to find ways to entertain themselves. However, every mom has her limits, especially when juggling daily tasks and dealing with a persistent toddler’s common refrain of “Mommy, I’m bored!” In such moments, having a ‘Boredom Box’ ready can work wonders, providing your little one with enough excitement to leave you in peace. If you’re unsure about setting up a boredom box, here are some ideas to help you create one for your toddlers.
How to make Boredom Box for toddlers
Of course, in your boredom box for children, include a new pack of crayons – a brand you don’t usually buy. The novelty of the packaging will ignite your child’s excitement to start coloring!
2. White Paper
When you have crayons in your boredom box for children, it’s essential to have plain paper on hand to prevent your little Rembrandt from decorating your freshly painted walls! A clever way to source paper is by reusing the backs of receipts that come with your online orders or other unwanted circulars. This way, you can provide a canvas for your child’s artistic endeavors without worrying about the mess.
3. Colored Paper
Not just white paper, colored paper can come in good use too! Your toddler can fold it to make a boat or anything that he likes, or even cut shapes, which brings us to:
4. Kid friendly Scissors
In your boredom box for children, make sure to include a pair of safety scissors. These scissors are sharp enough to cut paper but designed to be blunt enough to keep little fingers safe during crafting activities. Having a dedicated pair of safety scissors ensures your child can safely cut up shapes and engage in creative projects without any worries.
5. Non toxic Glue Stick
To complete the collage-making process, don’t forget to include glue in your boredom box for children. Encourage your child to draw a simple picture on paper and then have them tear up little bits of colored paper to stick onto it. This engaging activity will keep them occupied and entertained for a while, unleashing their creativity in the process.
Keep a variety of books – interactive board books, activity books, and coloring books. Make sure these aren’t books he’s read before, or he’ll lose interest and the whole point of your boredom box will be defeated!
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Toddlers are old enough to use stickers, especially the puffy types. They’re inexpensive, so get packets of different motifs and patterns. They’ll love sticking them on paper to make their own designs.
Don’t forget to include some soft clay in your boredom box for children! They will absolutely love the feeling of squishing and molding it between their little fingers. It’s a wonderful way to engage their senses and spark their creativity. Let them freely explore and create with the clay, encouraging their imagination to soar. This simple yet enjoyable activity will keep them entertained for hours while providing a delightful sensory experience.
This is the only ‘toy’ item in this list, and you have to be a little smart here. If your child is used to Lego bricks, keep some wooden blocks in the box or vice versa. Blocks present an unlimited range of play options and are great for boredom.
I know, you probably want to cut down your child’s screen time, but 20 minutes of a DVD once in a while doesn’t hurt! Keep a few DVDs in the boredom box that are not of your little one’s regular cartoon shows – he’s quite likely to have seen all the episodes! Pocoyo, Kipper and Sid the Science Kid are great choices for this age group.
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That’s quite a collection of stuff! You know your child best, so don’t hesitate from customizing the Boredom Box to his or her liking; after all, you want the box to work!
Article By Fabida Abdulla
Fabida is an erstwhile Software Engineer and current Freelance Writer cum Stay at Home Mom to her boisterous 6 year old. In between all the writing, baking, nagging, reading and cuddling, she manages to blog a bit about her crazy life at Shocks and Shoes.