It's BORING...

Mr T is constantly bored.  He is still getting to know people around here and so has not as many friends as he could. The result?  

I swear it's like this 96% of the time.  The only time I don't hear that is when he is playing Wii...and lets face it...I can't let him play Wii all day, as much as I would like to.  Since I work all day, and A. Sleeps due to working on his new business venture all night, Mr T is often on his own for entertainment.  (Luckily I work from home so I can be here if he needs me.  

I looked at  A LOT of ways to entertain an 8 year old. A LOT. But most of them require either parental involvement, supervision or other kids.  So I picked over, and cannibalized, several lists and came up with stuff he can do on his own.  The result? Awesomeness.  

My Unfinished list of 101 things for an only child to do....

1. Write a letter to a family member
2. READ!!!!
3. Write a story
4. Draw Pictures for the story you just wrote
5. Jam out to some music! LIsten and dance.
6.  Play with our dog (not right for every one obviously)
7. Wash the table
8. Pick up your room
9.  Draw
10. Color (no folks they aren't the same) 
11.  Feed the dog
12 Pick up the living room
13. Build a fort
14 Take a nap
15. Call a friend
16. Take pictures
17 Draw on the sidewalk
18. Quiet time (30 Minutes)
19.  Exercise
20.  Create a journal and write in it.  
21. Use your toys to create a story
22.  Create a collage with pictures from magazines
23.  Play with legos
24. Play with Play-Dough
25.  Nature Rubbings
26. Tie your shoes with one hand
27.  Make a paper airplane and see how far you can make it go
28. Make another paper airplane and beat your record
29.  Jump on a trampoline
30. Blow bubbles
31.  Make an award for a friend
32. Wash the car
33. Invent a language and write it down
34. Bean bag toss
35. Play with Silly putty
36. take a bath (with toys!) 
37.  Fold and put away rags
38 Fold and put away clothes
39 gon on a nature hunt in the back yard
40. Find a cool rock on your nature walk
41 Draw a picture of a bug you found outside
42.  Do a puzzle
43. Water plants
44.  Listen to an audio book
45.  do a craft
46 origami
47 Make a paper chain to count down how many days til school starts (or other thing you are looking forward to) 
48 Tie knots in a rope
49 Make shadow puppets
50. Have a scavenger hunt (this requires a little bit of prep time from mom or dad, but can be done ahead of time!
51. Bug race (use potato bugs!) 
52 Learn a magic trick
53. Try writing with your left hand
54.  draw a picture of your favorite dinner. 
55. Draw a picture with your toes
56.  Build a card house
57.  Make a placemat
58.  Make a paper helicopter
59. Find, and write to, a pen pal
60.  Draw a picture of yourself
61 shoe box guitar
62.  Sock puppet show
63. Create a star show
64.  Make a time capsule
65. Make a nature display
66. Draw on a shirt with washable marker
67 Finger paint
68.  Fun Freeze (freeze little objects ie legos or other small things in a big chunk of ice. Have them try to get them out...no knifes!) 
69.   Make an obstacle course
70. Do your own scrap book page
71.  Make a calming glitter Jar and/or play with it
72.  make a paper boat
73. Make a Mini Me
74. Build a tower with jenga blocks
75.  Paint outside with water
76. Make a pillow path...Don't touch the lava!!!
77.  Jug catch
78. Waterfall game
79.  Make a movie
80 Draw a picture to go with the story we read last night
81. Make up a song
82.  Make a diorama
83.  Play with a hand held game
84.  Play with my iPod
85. Noodle Balloon race
86. Bubble Snake
87. Sweep the floor
88. Create a cotton ball statue
89. Create a statue with mini marshmallows and tooth picks. 
90. Pom Pom Angry birds
91. Make  a paper hat
92. Make a froot loop necklace
93. Make a pillow pile and jump into it
94. Indoor bowling
95. Rock crafts (paint them or build a statue)
96. Make a piece of clay jewelry
97. Make a paper space Ship
98. PLay with the wii for 30 minutes
99. Watch tv for an hour


and that's why it's unfinished......anyone have two more ideas?  

20 June 2012

2 Comments:

Kendra said...

awesome list! how about empty the dishwasher, see how tall you can make a stack of paper cups, dig in the dirt for worms, make sandwiches for lunch (freeze extras) and call your cousin :)

Christy Gale said...

Love it Kendra! Great idea!