As Charles Caleb Colton once wrote, "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery"... or in other words, I've totally nicked this idea from someone.
Yes, a month or so ago a friend shared a link to the Somewhat Simple website and its 'Mom I'm Bored' Jar. I've since found these all over the place in various different guises but the core of the notion is the same: stockpile a load of ideas to keep the children entertained when bordeom sets in, add these to a container and then throw in a few chores just to create a sense of jeopardy when they venture to dip in their hand.
With the summer holidays just over a week away, I decided to make my own yesterday. Of course, this being me, I've added rather a lot of garden-based or outdoor activities including many I tested out for my book. And yes, a third of the ideas count as 'chores' but, to be honest, the novelty for the kids of putting on a load of washing or polishing windows make these almost more exciting than the others.
The container itself is just an old cliptop jar that has been sitting in the cupboard for years whilst I fail, yet again, to pickle a single vegetable. I made and stuck on a stencil of 'I'm bored' and then coated the glass with a special frosting spray. I added a homemade tag, some ribbon and then simply printed, cut out and folded the ideas.
If you want to do the same but, quite frankly, can't be bothered to think up the activities, please feel free to print and download my 96. And if you want to send your kids over to polish my windows or weed my garden, that's OK too.