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DIVIDING THE ACTIVITIES INTO CATEGORIES
I divided the categories up so that my kids would be able to use the boredom jar on their own.
By putting the activities into categories, I was able to control the kind of activity and still allow my kids to choose what they wanted to do, randomly or by picking sticks until they found something they liked.
I thought about our typical day and the kinds of activities we like to do. Then I considered how involved I am in different parts of my children’s days. I came up with seven categories.
My categories were:
- Things we can do
- Things we can make
- Energy Bug – activities that help focus their bouncing off the walls into something a little less destructive
- Quiet time activities – things for my preschooler to do on his own while his brothers nap
- Family activities – things we wanted to do as a family, like outings. This was perfect for weekends!
- Outside play time – activities to do outside. A lot of these involved water
- Fun with food – activities to do with food, often ending with snack time
– Tape each stick in a single category with the same color washi tape. You could also paint the ends or use some other method of distinguishing the sticks. Washi tape was quick, easy, and mess-free. If you have a problem with the tape sticking, a small piece of scotch tape or a swipe with a glue stick should fix the problem.
– Store your sticks in a jar (or jars…) and the next time boredom strikes, prepare to be a superhero!