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So yesterday I shared an idea to get everyone kick-started with their spring/summer activities. It was a wonderful little trick I started last year with my pair when we found ourselves lost for what to do in what we considered a new & foreign town as we had not long moved to Melbourne & had spent all winter in hibernation because us Queenslanders just weren't used to the cold weather AT ALL! Anyway - this became the birth of the "You're not bored!" Jar, a plastic jar filled with originally 101 rainbow paddle pop sticks with one activity on each stick that were free for kidlets to do (or at least try), over the past year we have slowly added to our collection & I think we are sitting at about 130 ideas now BUT here is the first 101 that we started with :) 

Our list of 101 activities - feel free to add your own!

  1. Make a fort out of sheets.
  2. Take turns reading to each other.
  3. Make milkshakes or smoothies.
  4. Conduct kitchen science experiments.
  5. Paint your nails together.
  6. Have a spa night with oatmeal-honey facials.
  7. Look through old photo albums together.
  8. Watch your kidlets favorite TV show or movie together.
  9. Play a video game together.
  10. Exercise together.
  11. Do a puzzle.
  12. Play a board game.
  13. Help them clean their room.
  14. Rearrange their bedroom furniture.
  15. Pull out a box of toys they haven't played with for awhile.
  16. Build blocks together.
  17. Play with dolls together.
  18. Play store, restaurant, or ice cream stand together.
  19. Go to the park.
  20. Ride bikes.
  21. Sit outside and look at the stars.
  22. Eat breakfast together.
  23. Teach your kidlet how to cook.
  24. Teach your kidlet how to play solitaire or chess.
  25. Style your kidlets hair.
  26. Let your kidlet style your hair.
  27. Blow some bubbles.
  28. Visit the library.
  29. Visit a free public museum.
  30. Visit a garden.
  31. Take a walk in the woods.
  32. Plant seeds from something you've eaten, such as apples or watermelons.
  33. Draw on the sidewalk with sidewalk chalk.
  34. Run through the sprinkler together.
  35. Take your dog to a dog park or visit the local animal shelter.
  36. Volunteer together.
  37. Bake brownies or cupcakes together.
  38. Have a tea party.
  39. Play school or office together.
  40. Swing on the swings together.
  41. Have a water balloon fight.
  42. Jump on a trampoline together.
  43. Visit a nursing home.
  44. Make your own treasure map.
  45. Play 20 questions.
  46. Play I Spy.
  47. Wash your car together.
  48. Listen to your favorites songs together.
  49. Listen to 'read-along' audio book CD together.
  50. Make pancakes in the shape of your kidlets initials.
  51. Make ice cream floats for dessert.
  52. Race matchbox cars.
  53. Teach your dog tricks.
  54. Teach your kidlets a song you sang as a kid.
  55. Read your favorite childhood picture book together.
  56. Make a family tree.
57.  Make your own memory game out of family photographs.
58.  Scrapbook together.
59.  Help your kidlet send an email to a grandparent, aunt, or uncle.
60.  Make a care package to send to a relative who lives far away.
61.  Fly a kite.
62.  Draw caricatures of each other.
63.  Write a story together.
64.  Have a picnic outside or on the living room floor.
65.  Build animal families out of homemade playdough.
66.  Role play how to handle a tough situation, like making friends, or saying no to peer pressure.
67.  Teach your kidlet how to ride a bike.
68.  Make up a silly song together.
69.  Teach one another some new dance moves.
70.  Catch fireflies.
71.  Tell your kidlet three things you really like about him or her.
72.  Make a special breakfast "just because."
73.  Take a scavenger walk.
74.  Make necklaces out of colored pasta shapes and dental floss.
75.  Make swords out of rolled up newspaper, and have a pretend sword fight.
76.  Climb a tree.
77.  Play tennis.
78.  Put on skits for your neighbors.
79.  Make a meal together for someone else.
80.  Have something unusual for dinner-like air-popped popcorn and fresh fruit.
81.  Build something out of trash/recycling items.
82.  Create a new voicemail message together.
83.  Make a slideshow of your favorite digital photographs.
84.  Pick flowers and press them in wax paper.
85.  Make bookmarks.
86.  Go birdwatching.
87.  Collect leaves and then try to identify them by researching them online or at the local library.
88.  Let your kidlet teach you about something he or she knows or does well.
89.  Make life-size drawings of each other on the back of some old wrapping paper.
90.  Play in the sand together, at the beach, a local park, or your kidlets own sandbox.
91.  Have a catch.
92.  Help your kidlets practice a sport he or she enjoys.
93.  Visit a local music store and sample each other's favorite artists.
94.  Go to a free event for kids' sponsored by your local library or a book, craft, or hardware store.
95.  Write messages on the mirror for one another with soap.
96.  Create memory boxes for your kidlets favorite pictures, art work, and mementos.
97.  Create a special place in your home for displaying your kidlets art work.
98.  Let him or her choose what to display in the place mentioned above.
99. Help your kidlets fix a broken item or toy.
100.  Watch your kidlets play a sport, or take him or her to see a friend's game.
101.  Visit a skate park together and watch older kids do tricks.

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