Wednesday, February 13, 2008

WFMW - I'm Bored Jar

My daughters own roughly 56,000 toys, give or take a Polly Pocket or two. Most things are artistically and miraculously organized in their room which is, sadly, the size of a large closet.

Somehow, despite the evidence of more things to do than could possibly be done in a week, the cries of "We're bored" were echoing around Chez Us. You can imagine how well such a statement went over with me.

So I made up a jar. I sacrificed a piece of my scrapbooking paper to decorate a small canister. I made small cards (something like tickets) to fill the jar. Each card has something to do. Each toy is individually listed on its own card.

I also included small chores, some exercises (jumping jacks, TKD stretches, etc), art projects (coloring books, Color Wonder, draw a specific thing, watercolors), some special things (Mom reads a story, 15 minutes computer time, play with measuring cups & beans, and so on).

This is really working for us. The girls take turns drawing things out of the jar. The rule is they have to at least attempt to play or do what that card says.

The side benefit of this is that they are reminded of things they haven't played with for awhile. And another rule is that each thing must be properly put away before they draw out something else, which helps keep the mess under control. When they've finished a card we pin it up on our memo board (not back in the jar) to be sure that they've done everything before we start over.


Anonymous said...

That sounds like a neat idea. I'll put that on my Granny list of things for the grandchildren to do when I get grandchildren. :-) A friend of mine once had her son tell her he was bored. She had him clean the bathroom. He never got bored again. :-)
Have a great day!
Donna (

Jeni said...

Whenever I complained of boredom, my mom handed me a rag and a can of Endust.

Karen said...

I did include some chores that they could do like dusting, washing mirrors, etc. But nothing too hard because the entire point was that I didn't want to have to help had to be something a 6 year old and a 3 year old could do on their own.

When they're big enough I'll just direct them to the laundry pile. It's endless. :)

Amy Jane (Untangling Tales) said...

Thanks for your comment on my "sheltering" post. I'm glad you liked it.

You were among the readers I was thinking of when I wrote it.

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