30 boredom busters

Imagine if you never had to hear the words “I’m bored” again!” Ok, this list may not work miracles, but there’s plenty here to keep children aged 3-5 busy. Take your pick from easy crafts, making dens, water play and fun ways to learn. There’s even some healthy snack recipes – because “I’m bored” is always followed by “I’m hungry!

Scroll for quick crafts, bakes and fun ways to paint…

Use everyday items for these easy ideas.

It’s so satisfying to see kids busy creating, so spark their imaginations with these simple projects.

Kids stuck in a painting rut? Try these different ways for them to make their mark!

We know our painting posts are really popular, so we’ve pulled together these 5 different ways to get busy with paint.

These treats are big on flavour without the hard work.

Head into the kitchen with your child for these no-fuss makes they can (pretty much) mix up by themselves.

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FUN & GAMES! These ideas all use stuff you’ll have lying around the house.

Grab these simple items when your kids just want to make a bit of noise and let off steam!

 20) RUBBER BAND IDEAS

A bouncy ball, a banjo and a new way to paint – all made using rubber bands.

21) ROLL THE DICE

All you need is a dice for these games that get kids moving, learning and creating!

22) MAKE A SHARK (doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo!)

Kids can transform a tissue box into a ferocious friend (and then do the Baby Shark Dance!)

23) WATER PLAY

Turn on a tap and your kids will be entertained for hours. (We don’t know why it works but it does!)

24) 5 MINUTE DENS

Great ways to build easy hideaways – and keep them entertained all day.

25) MUSICAL MAKES

Kids of all ages can release their inner Bach (or Beyonce!) with these 5-minute fun musical ideas.

EDUCATIONAL IDEAS: keep their brains busy over the school break with these fun ways to learn.

These activities turn science, maths and phonics into great games so your child can have fun without realising they’re learning something new.

26) NUMBER GAMES

Kids will love these crafty ways to make learning numbers fun.

27) SCIENCE EXPERIMENT

This video shows you how kids can make shaving foam rain in a glass.

28) TELL THE TIME

Whether kids are just starting to learn about time or need activities to help develop their understanding, this post is perfect.

29) READING

Encourage kids to read with these craft activities based on The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

30) PHONICS

A greedy monster and a planet-hopping rocket help kids to understand the basics of phonics.