Summer Activity Jar to End the Boredom

This summer activity jar puts an end to the “Mom, I’m bored!” screams of the long, hot days. Now, the kids will always have SOMETHING to do.

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Summer Activity Jar

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I love the summer in the Pacific Northwest. But it seems kids have an aversion to coming up with their own activities during those months. The mountains of LEGOs, legions of stuffed animals, and stacks of Pokémon cards seem to disappear as options (even though they’re strewn all over their rooms)…

Summer should be stress-free (for all ages) and I knew I could easily help them (well, us) out with this awesome summer activity jar. It has a ton of ideas that are, actually, really fun. Let’s get started.

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fun I am bored jar on a wooden table with magazines behind with text which reads genius "I'm Bored" jar give them fun summer activities!

Tips to Make this I’m Bored Jar

  • Let the kids help you make this summer activity jar with you. Not only is it a fun craft they can help you do, but being involved in the making will get them more interested in the activities and ideas!
  • Put this “I’m Bored” jar somewhere that the kids can reach it without knocking it over. They can pull their ideas and bring them to you, even if they can’t read them yet.
  • If you want to mix it up, you can hold back a few of the activities for a week, then swap them out with other activities that the kids didn’t really take to the first week. Then repeat. That way the ideas are “fresh”-ish.
  • Be sure to print the free printable I’m Bored Summer Activity Jar label here and the full printable activities template here so the kids can identify their jar!
I'm bored jar for summer activity for kids on a wooden white table with lid laying nearby

How Do I Make this Summer Activity Jar?

I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial. If you’re making a summer activities playlist on YouTube, here is our summer activity jar video tutorial.

Yield: 1

Summer Activity Jar

I'm bored jar for summer activity for kids on a wooden white table with lid laying nearby

It has already started! The dreaded summer with those words moms hate: I'm bored. That's ok, though, because with this summer activity jar, my bored kids will always have SOMETHING to do.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $3



  • Scissors
  • Glue stick


  1. Print the adorable label and the summer boredom buster list of ideas.
  2. Cut out each boredom buster on the list along the lines.
  3. Let the kids help glue one boredom buster strip onto a craft stick and place it inside the jar.
  4. Repeat until you've glued each idea onto a stick.
  5. Cut out the jar label along the outer edge. Attach the label to the jar. You can tuck it inside, glue or tape, or even hole punch it and tie it onto the jar with ribbon. It's your jar at this point.

photo tutorial of how to make a summer activity jar so kids do not say I'm bored


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