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8 Things to do when bored

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Wondering what to do with your free time? Sophia and Bella have put together a list of 8 things to do when bored, especially for young girls.

Currently, we’re “sheltering in place” due to the Covid-19 pandemic and finding things to do to keep from being bored is starting to require a little creativity.

Here’s Sophia’s list of eight things you can do (plus a bonus) to keep from being bored. In the video, she shares her ideas with Bella who happens to be our resident expert of all things. 😂

Sophia and Bella share 8 things to do when bored – especially for girls!

8 Things to do when bored

Table of Contents

1 Build a fort

Building a fort is a fun thing to do when bored

Everything is more fun in a fort! You can make it as simple as a card table or your dining room table with a sheet over it, or get fancy like Bella does and really glam it up! You can read, write a letter, watch a movie or even take a nap in your fort!

Here’s a tutorial for a Super Cute Origami Unicorn you make in your fort.

2 Bake something new

One thing to do when bored is to bake something new to share

Sophia and Bella both love to get in the kitchen and bake. A simple recipe to learn is cookies made from a cake mix. You can use any flavor, or use yellow and add flavoring to it. Here’s the basic recipe:

Cake Mix Cookies
Any flavor cake mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil

Preheat oven to 350° and mix the ingredients together. Drop by spoonfuls onto a lined baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. That’s it!

Tip: Our favorite is to make “snickerdoodles” by either using lemon cake mix or a yellow cake mix with 1 tsp lemon extract added to it. After placing dough on the cookie sheet, sprinkle cinnamon/sugar mixture on top and then bake. Yum!

3 Practice doing a new hairstyle

Learn a fun hairstyle in your freetime

Busy school mornings are not the time for learning new hairstyles, so learning one in your free time is the perfect way to get better at it.

Sophia suggests googling “easy hairstyles for girls” and choosing a couple that you’d like to learn. You can start out simple, like a half pony with a braid and then get fancier from there. Here are a couple of other sites you might like that have lots of ideas:

70 Easy Hairstyles for Girls

135 Simple Hairstyles for Girls

4 Learn to play a new song or instrument

Learn how to play a new instrument or song when you're bored

Playing a new song can be fun! Even if you’re already taking music lessons, learning how to play something that makes you happy is a great way to spend some free time. Ditch the practice books (just for now, of course!) and find a song you really want to learn how to play for your own enjoyment.

YouTube has lots of video lessons for various instruments for free.

Simply JoyTunes Piano Lessons is a popular site that offers a free and a premium plan.

5 Exercise or Dance (Get Moving!)

Get some exercising when you need something to do

Get up and get moving! Being bored doesn’t mean you have to be lethargic. If you have some exercise equipment you can use, hop on that for a while. Get outside and ride a bike or play ball. (Yes, girls can play ball, too!)

If you have something like Just Dance on your Wii, that can be a lot of fun. YouTube also has a lot of free videos that teach dance and yoga for kids.

The main thing is just to get up and get moving because that always makes us feel better!

Rainbow Yoga has some fun videos for kids on youtube.

6 Enjoy a great book

The next time you need something to do, curl up with a good book!

Sophia’s favorite thing to do is to read. That girls loves a good book! If you normally read the same kind of book, try choosing a new genre and read something new. You may find a new favorite!

Listening to books on audible (or something similar) can be a fun, too. Here are some of Sophia’s favorite books:

If you have a library card, you can connect your account to OverDrive and listen to books for free on it, too.

Some of Sophia’s favorite books are The Little House on the Prairie series and The Cupcake Diaries.

7 Learn a new craft

Learn how to knit or crochet when you need something to do

If you’ve been wanting to learn something new like knitting or crochet, there’s no time like free time to figure it out! It’s great if you have someone who can teach you, but it’s ok if you don’t. You can go on YouTube or Pinterest and find ideas and lessons for just about anything you want to learn!

Here are a couple of great ideas to get you started.

Erin’s Crafts for Kids: An Introduction to Crochet with a Simple Bracelet Project

How To Finger Crochet A Fun Kid’s Scarf

8 Practice your drawing skills

If you're looking for things to do when bored, you can spend time working on your drawing skills.

If drawing stick figures is your thing, that’s fine, but why not work on getting a little better? There are lots of great step-by-step drawing books like this one that can help you learn to draw just about anything.

If you would rather just color something already drawn, here’s a great way to get started.

There are also some fun online sites for coloring digitally. Whatever you choose, you’ll have plenty to do to keep from being bored!

Bonus: Do a fun science experiment

Science experiments are fun things to do when bored!

Have you ever tried making elephant toothpaste? It’s so fun! Or how about putting mentos in Dr. Pepper? There are so many fun experiements you can do that you will never run out of ways to fill your time!

Here are some of Sophia and Bella’s favorites:

How To Make Elephant Toothpaste With Kids

EASY SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS FOR KIDS

Things to do when bored

What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re bored? Sophia and Bella would love to hear from you!

Hugs & Hearts,
Karee & the girls

PS. If you’re wondering who Sophia and Bella are, you can learn more about our family here.

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I’m Karee—traveling and travel planning make my heart sing! Thanks for coming along for the ride with me here at OWJ. I’ll be sharing valuable info on how to travel like a Queen without a Royal Budget, how to take amazing trips using points and miles, and plenty more!

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