Feb 272018
 

If you hear "I'm bored" A LOT, make an “I’m Bored” Chore Jar so that every time your kids say it, you can give them something to do! Believe me, it works and it's super easy to make.

Here in Massachusetts, we are just getting back to school from February vacation. I know that school breaks are different in other parts of the country, but here we have a week off at Christmas, a week in February and another week in April. My kids are a bit older, so I hear “I’m bored” A LOT. So I decided to make an “I’m Bored” Chore Jar so that every time they said it, I was able to give them something to do! Guys, it works and it’s super easy to make.

“I’m Bored” Chore Jar

If you hear "I'm bored" A LOT, make an “I’m Bored” Chore Jar so that every time your kids say it, you can give them something to do! Believe me, it works and it's super easy to make.

Here’s what you need:

  • Glass jar or other container you have around the house
  • Craft sticks
  • Markers
  • Hole punch
  • Twine or ribbon
  • Scissors
  • “I’m Bored” Chore Jar printable (get yours here)

If you hear "I'm bored" A LOT, make an “I’m Bored” Chore Jar so that every time your kids say it, you can give them something to do! Believe me, it works and it's super easy to make.

Here’s what you do”
1. On either plain or multi-colored craft sticks, write down some chores that the kids are responsible for. Make sure you just write one chore per stick. These can be age appropriate chores for all of your children, or you can choose to make a separate jar for each child.

If you hear "I'm bored" A LOT, make an “I’m Bored” Chore Jar so that every time your kids say it, you can give them something to do! Believe me, it works and it's super easy to make.
2. Cut out the “I’m Bored” Chore Jar printable and punch a hole in one end of it.

If you hear "I'm bored" A LOT, make an “I’m Bored” Chore Jar so that every time your kids say it, you can give them something to do! Believe me, it works and it's super easy to make.

If you hear "I'm bored" A LOT, make an “I’m Bored” Chore Jar so that every time your kids say it, you can give them something to do! Believe me, it works and it's super easy to make.
3. Place your craft sticks that have been labeled with chores in to your jar.
4. Cut a piece of twine or ribbon, and thread it through the printable card. Tie the printable label to your jar with the twine/ribbon.
If you hear "I'm bored" A LOT, make an “I’m Bored” Chore Jar so that every time your kids say it, you can give them something to do! Believe me, it works and it's super easy to make.

Whenever your child comes to you and says they are bored, direct them to choose a stick from the “I’m Bored” chore jar and watch all the chores get done!

If you hear "I'm bored" A LOT, make an “I’m Bored” Chore Jar so that every time your kids say it, you can give them something to do! Believe me, it works and it's super easy to make.

My new “I’m Bored” Chore Jar really helped my kids keep themselves occupied over school break. While they still had chores to do, knowing that they were going to get assigned a chore whenever they said they were bored really helped them find other things to entertain themselves.

  30 Responses to ““I’m Bored” Chore Jar”

  1. This is genius! I can see getting at least a little more work out of the kids before they decide they’d rather cut their own arm off than utter the words “I’m bored” ever again. LOVE!

  2. Oh my gosh I love you! I am definitely going to do something like this. My son says “I am bored” more often than I can count. I like this idea.

  3. You are such a taskmaster and so smart to keep your kids busy with useful chores if there is down time. I love this idea and I will also use it when my son is playing xbox and his ipad at the same time to keep busy.

  4. I’m definitely into this idea! The jar itself looks cute with the chore sticks. The break should be very productive.

  5. Very cool idea. Win one for the parents.

  6. We have something similar to help choose the movie for family movie night. This sounds like a great motivator and fun way to assign chores, too!

  7. My kids would freak if this jar showed up in my house. They would never be bored again.

  8. I wish I had made something like this when my son was younger. I love this idea!

  9. I so need to make this for my six kids!!! Such a great idea. They drive me crazy when they tell me they are bored!

  10. My kids learned not to say that around our house or they had the opportunity to mop the kitchen floor. I have seen other people use this idea and seems to work for them.

  11. Great idea! If I had this, my kids would never say they were bored, I just know it! I might make one just so they don’t say it. Granted, when they do say “I’m bored,” I’m usually a sarcastic butt and reply, “Hi Bored, I’m Mom!”

  12. This DIY is pure genius. I like your way of thinking, and good way for them to hopefully get more excited about household chores if they say I am bored.

  13. What a great way to get help from the kids. I wish I had thought about this when my kids were younger. Well, I still think this would work for my family. It would just be funny they’d avoid saying “I’m bored” Ha ha. I will send this link to my sister. This would get her the help she needs around the house.

  14. i love this idea! i have a 5 year old and a 15 year old so this would be perfect for them.

  15. Love it! Bored no more! I will have to remember this for my kids when they get a tad bit older. I think my daughter would actually love this.

  16. We do something like this but with activities in the summer. It is really fun for my kids!

  17. If I had a dime for every time I hear the words “I’m bored”, I’d be a thousandaire at least. {SMILE} Love this craft idea.

  18. I love tr=his idea. This way the kids should never be bored!

  19. Oh I need to make one of these. I cannot stand hearing the words “I’m bored” if there are chores to be don.

  20. Sounds awesome! I think it’s great that you’re sharing this, it’s perfect for parents who are gearing up for Spring break. It’s keeps the kids responsible as well. Having them help around the house allows them to learn skills that they need when they grow up.

  21. Of course they are reusable! Brilliant idea for helpers and to redirect our voices. Thanks!

  22. Cute printable! I have done something similar here, it worked for a while, but after a while they weren’t bored anymore. lol

  23. This is such a smart idea. If I had a nickel every time my kids say “I’m bored”, I’d be rich! I totally have to try this!

  24. I love this idea. I have never been a fan of kids saying they are bored. I can certainly come up with some chores for this.

  25. This is the greatest idea ever. I would love to create one of these and let my girls have fun with their chores.

  26. Kids and vacation, it drives parents crazy! I think it’s really nice that you’re sharing this idea, it’s pretty brilliant and it keeps the kids busy!

  27. I love the idea of an “I’m Bored” Chore Jar! When I was growing up we had a “spin the chore” wheel and my sister and I loved spinning it to see what our chore was for that night. It definitely made the whole process of doing chores more fun.

  28. My kids have learned not to say they’re bored. They know they will be assigned a task to do. Now they just do their chores, and then find something to do on their own…

  29. I really NEED to do this for when my boys have spring break. We’ve been leaving them home alone more and more. They need ideas to keep them busy.

  30. This is a great idea, but I don’t know if I could get my daughter to do chores. I’m trying to work on that. She’s a messy kid & always forgets to shut drawers & doors. Drives me crazy. So I’m working on things & who knows maybe this would work. The next school vacation is at the end of April. We’re not going away, but if it’s nice out we might do a day trip. Last year there were a few days of 80 degrees, so we went to Hampton beach. The stores weren’t open yet though.
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