With summer fast approaching, parents everywhere are dreading a certain two-word sentence, “I’m bored.” Though it’s a popular refrain heard throughout the summer, it doesn’t begin or end there. Rainy days, family gatherings and plenty of seemingly random moments every weekend, this sentence is being uttered by children across the globe.
In fact, you’ve heard it so many times, you’re running out of suggestions that elicit any kind of interest. Well, you’re in the right place, because we’ve got a great list of things kids can do when they’re at home and bored to tears!
Here at the Cratejoy marketplace, there are plenty of amazing boredom busters in the way of monthly subscription boxes for kids, delivering everything from arts and crafts and pretend play, to ooey gooey slime and music making. So, order up and tuck these monthly boxes someplace handy to have them ready and waiting for the next time your little ones need a boredom cure.
15 Fun Activities to Nip Boredom in the Bud
Price: Starts at $17.95
About the Box: Designed for kids between the ages of 2 and 10, Green Kids Crafts is a monthly subscription that is passionately committed to inspiring kids, while being completely sustainable. Filled with products and supplies that are carbon-neutral and eco-friendly, each month's box brings up to 6 fun activities, lessons and DIY projects. Join the ranks of happy kids engaged in creative STEAM craft and learning projects.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. within 1 week of receipt of order
Price: Starts at $29.95
About the Box: KidArtLit is the brainchild of moms with educational expertise, and provides the opportunity for family fun time each month. Perfect for 3-8 year olds, each box delivers newly released children’s books and high-quality supplies for craft projects. Intentionally designed for 2 children, unbox imaginative reading and art experiences, while gently encouraging some sibling bonding time.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on or around the 15th of the month
Price: Starts at $14.00
About the Box: Snail Mail for Kids is a great way to give kids something to look forward to every week (and trick them into ready more!) Each week a letter arrives from Sunny the Mail Snail with a silly new story about Sunny's adventures, fun animal facts, and even his worldy travels. The first mail delivery also includes a stuffed animal and letterbox to keep all of Sunny's letters safe! Kids will wait in anticipation for each weekly letter!
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the US within a week after orders are placed
Price: Starts at $30.24
About the Box: A great option for when the littlest members of the family are in desperate need of something more stimulating than screen time, the Little Bookish Wardrobe box blends the worlds of reading and pretend play. Each month's box brings 1 intriguing story book, along with character-inspired costume pieces and arts and crafts. Providing hours of fun, let the living room transform into the perfect setting for their imaginations to let loose.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. in the 1st week of every month
Price: Starts at $22.99
About the Box: If you just don't have the fortitude to endure another round of indoor hide and seek, move the fun into the kitchen with Little Sous Creative Cooking Boxes. Unbox each themed kit to find 1 kid-friendly kitchen tool, recipe cards, 1 step-by-step cooking lesson and other activities focused on food-science and art, plus a large ready-to-color poster and vinyl stickers.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. by the 10th of each month
Price: Starts at $13.00
About the Box: Kids who are in search of fun things know a good thing when they feel it! Enter in Slime. While it might not rank high for parents, slime has become a way of life for kids and they will love the oh-so-good gooiness packed into every monthly Slime box. From toddlers to tweens, boys and girls alike, each themed box sends premium slime in an array of colors, along with a few smile-inducing add ins.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. in the 1st week of the month
Price: Starts at $33.25
About the Box: What's a simple thing kids can do when they're bored at home? Get outside! Think Outside Boxes pack in plenty of incentive to do just that. With the goal of teaching kids basic outdoor and survival skills, each month's box sends 2-5 pieces of useful gear for the pack, along with a 16+ page booklet filled with guided activities to learn those vital skills for the next big campout.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. by the 5th or 15th every month, depending on order date
Price: Starts at $35.42
About the Box: Finally, there's something the whole family can agree on! The Owl Box from The Salty Owl Studio is filled with kids activities that will excite children 9 and up. With all the planning and prep work done for a night of family fun, unpack all the materials and instructions needed for an at-home art project, plus 1 new family game, a snack, a kid-friendly recipe and a monthly movie pick that everyone will enjoy.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. on the 20th of the current month or the 5th of the following month, depending on date of order
Price: Starts at $26.21
About the Box: Music making creates strong family ties while fine-tuning developmental and emotional skills for little kids aged 0 to 6 years old. Find the rhythm each month with the musical goodies packed inside the Songbird Box. Crafted to teach new songs and early music concepts, every month delivers 1 book, 1 premium-quality instrument, and supplies to complete a hands-on musical activity.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the 4th of the month
Price: Starts at $28.95
About the Box: Grab the baking soda and dish soap and plan for an afternoon of science experiments with Club Scikidz Labs. A monthly subscription box meant to explore careers in science and technology, each themed box delivers challenging experiments and mini labs, plus some bonus sci-fi and science surprises. On a boring day in, jump into the wonders of scientific discovery.
Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. within 2-3 business days from receipt of order
Price: Starts at $21.90
About the Box: Looking to bring the Gospel into day-to-day activities for the kids? HelloBible is an affordable monthly subscription that can stave off boredom by getting kids engaged in the stories of the Bible. Each month brings activity kits that feature a Bible story book and a complementary craft project complete with all the necessary materials and instructions. A thoughtfully designed parent guide provides focused prayer that's perfect for faith-based family time.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. around the 2nd of every month
Price: Starts at $30.00
About the Box: Ditch video games and social media for some hands-on creativity with Terra Create. Delivering a monthly box that's packed with high-quality natural materials, artisan quality tools, full-color printed instructions and photographic step-by-steps, kids ages 9 and up get the opportunity to create trendy, age-appropriate, gender-neutral crafts, while learning useful crafting techniques.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. around the 20th of each month
Price: Starts at $27.00
About the Box: Build family memories and encourage more togetherness with a family game night! Finders Seekers is a DIY escape room experience delivered straight to your living room. Each box includes a new stand-alone mystery, plus all the clues, puzzles, and cryptic messages needed to solve the case! Mysteries are always family-friendly (no scary murders!) and are perfect for kids ages 10 and up!
Shipping: Only ships within the US on the 23rd of each month