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I’m Bored Jar Printable

“I’m Bored”, we’ve all heard it before, I was sick of it so I stopped everything I was doing, sat down and designed THIS. My kids will never be bored again!

If you have been following my blog or subscribe to my newsletter, you will have seen that we are currently trying to sell our house. This means showings, always keeping our house clean, and being ten times more organized than normal. The shift from our normal existence in the land of “lived in chaos” has been challenging for the kids and as I have packed up most of their toys (it’s summer! They should be playing outside ;)) I heard the inevitable “I’m Bored” for the very last time!

I'm Bored Jar Printable

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I stopped everything I was doing, called everyone to gather my supplies (pen, scissors, glue, a jar, etc.) and made an impromptu “I’m Bored” jar. I like to call it the “Russian Roulette of Boredom.” Half the entries are chores, half the entries are imaginative inspiration such as play hide and seek, make up a song and preform it, make a fort, or write a card for someone, etc. Then I figured I may as well put it together as a printable for other people to use too! And voila, the “I’m Bored” jar was born, complete with a cute little poem I wrote for the occasion.Β Simply fill in your name and email and you should receive the free printable within an hour! Please do not share this download link with anyone, if you want to share this, you can pin it above or use the handy share buttons at the bottom!

The results have been phenomenal. The kids want to do it because it feels like a game, I no longer hear “I’m bored”, and when they do get a chore (which is often) they do it laughing all the while, finishing it fast so they can try again. SUCCESS!

What are you going to use your blank papers for? Chores or activities? Comment below!


  1. I love this. We have done this in the past. Always good to get fresh idea’s though. I’m gonna send it to my sister as well who just had a baby. She will need this this summer when she is feeling over tired and not creative. Thank you.

    • Awesome! I think I should let the kids make up more ideas for the jar πŸ˜‰ ha ha. They’ll be more creative than me πŸ˜‰ Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment πŸ™‚

    • That’s awesome! They are a great way to inspire some creativity and imagination πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment πŸ™‚

  2. I absolutely love this but there is not a link for me to download it. I have subscribed to the list so I don’t know why it doesn’t work.

    • Hey Miranda,

      Once you fill it in you will get a message in your inbox right away with a button to confirm that says “click to subscribe”. It may be in your junk mail, make sure to add, sometimes it goes to junk. Then it comes automatically within usually about 10 minutes. LMK if it doesn’t work, just email me from the email address you subscribed with and Ill double check and send you the email if it missed you somehow. πŸ™‚

  3. I love, love, love this idea! This is much more fun than my standard reply which is to come up with a chore for them to do. As you can imagine, while that answer keeps them from complaining to me, it also results in a lot of tv/video game zombie behavior. Definitely doing this! Thanks for sharing it at the Happy Home Life party. Many homes will be much happier this summer as a result!

    • Ha ha, I hear you, it was the same here. I would tell them “find something to clean then” and off they would scurry… to the haven of their iPads, it had to stop! Now they are excited to reach in and see what they will find πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment πŸ™‚

    • Hi Shari, I changed it today to just click on the image and hit download rather than having to subscribe πŸ™‚ You should be able to access it now, sorry about that!

  4. hi how do I print this please? I have subscribed but its not coming up with an option to print or download! Many thanks

  5. I love this, and your blog! Thank you.
    I wanted to bring to your attention that there are a few typos, but only to be helpful…not critical. They sneak by so slyly, like kids in a cookie jar. ?
    Thanks again!

  6. Dear Rebecca,
    I am a former preschool teacher (now retired) and could I have used this when my kids were growing up. I now have 1 niece and 2 nephews that are growing fast and will be making this for them. Love to pass on useful things to make their lives a little easier.
    Thank you,

  7. I would like this exact one but with chores on it…. so if the kids are naughty or want something i can make them choose a chore first.

    if you could create that exactly the same i would love it.

    please and thank you

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  19. Genius! Pure genius. My 12yo. UGH! He drives me crazy with “I’m bored”! We can spend the day at an amusement park, have a family game night, anything and as soon as we walk in the door/game ends within 60 seconds comes the “I’m bored” song! He is #4 out of 5 (the first three are in their 20’s now) and he is the only one that has no idea how to occupy his time (unless it’s the Xbox, of course). I will be implementing this today!!! Thank you. I just found your blog and am looking forward to exploring it and finding more of your genius. BTW, I’m a new homeschooler – #4 has Asperger’s syndrome and some days are just hard to get through… finding new homeschooler blogs to help with idea’s seems to be a new pastime. πŸ™‚

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