Top 20 Boredom Busters Your Kids Will Love

Young boy exploring nature in a meadow with a magnifying glass looking for insects

Tried and true, this list of our Top 20 Boredom Busters will help put end the chorus of “I’m bored” that inevitably happens when the kids are home all day long!

Interested in even more ideas to beat boredom? Check out our Top 20 Games for Indoor Play post!

20. Micro Mini & Maxi Scooters

Micro Deluxe Scooters

The Micro Deluxe scooters are multi award winning, much revered scooters for ages 2-12 with an over the top design. These deluxe versions have an anodized stem for extra protection against wear and tear, a unique, silicone-injected footplate for improved grip, and an adjustable T-bar, meaning that as your child grows, their scooter will grow with them!

19. Plasma Cars

Plasma Car

Just turn the steering wheel and away you go! The Plasma Car uses the most inexhaustible of energy sources – kid power! With no batteries, gears, or pedals, the natural forces of inertia, centrifugal force, gravity and friction are harnessed to propel children forward.

18. Tangle Nightball Basketball

Nightball Basketball

Shoot hoops day or night! The ball’s unique Matrix design makes it easy to grip, dribble, bounce, and shoot while the LED lights glow.

17. Stomp Rockets

Stomp Rockets

100% KID powered: Run, jump and STOMP to launch these rockets up to 20 stories high — that’s 200 feet in the air! No batteries required; easy, fast assembly.

16. Power Poppers

Unicorn Power Popper

Ready, aim, pop! The Atomic Power Poppers feature a vivid design and soft foam balls. Slide the handle back and forth to make balls shoot a whopping 20′; the faster you slide, the faster and farther the balls fly! The Atomic Power Poppers make a great gift for ages 4 and up.

15. Get Ready to Garden!

Gardening Time

Children can learn new skills, have fun, play and develop self-confidence by spending time in the garden tending plants and growing their own food. Most children enjoy being outdoors and love digging in the soil, getting dirty, creating things and watching plants grow.

14. Ninjaline

Slackers Ninjaline

Train like a Ninja with the NinjaLine Kit! The 36 foot Ninjaline includes 14 double-sewn durable pockets to customize the arrangement of obstacles as well as add on additional ones like a Ninja Net or Climbing Rope.

13. Zipline


It only takes two trees and the spirit of adventure to start zipline in the back yard all while riding a just a few feet off the ground! Install with confidence knowing the #1 U.S. Zipline company has time tested, high grade components for strength, reliability and longevity and full warranty policy. Follow the directions and your zipline can be set up in 30 minutes! 

12. Butterfly Gardens

Butterfly Garden

Learn about butterfly metamorphosis with Insect Lore’s award-winning Butterfly Garden® with Voucher. Like all of our insect-growing kits, our Butterfly Garden® is STEM Authenticated, and provides children with a hands-on opportunity to explore, grow, and learn about the natural world.

Please note: This item does not contain live insects. It includes a voucher which can be redeemed online for one cup of five live caterpillars. Just pay $7.95 for shipping and your caterpillars will arrive at your door within two

11. Ready, Set, Explore!

Young boy exploring nature in a meadow with a magnifying glass looking for insects

Getting your kids out in nature is not just about sending kids outside to play. Children are natural explorers! Set some basic boundaries and let the child discover. The learning will come! Children use all of their senses when they explore. Exploring the outdoors advances children’s intellectual, emotional, social and physical health. And when parents take the time to share in outdoor exploration, there is the added benefit of strengthening the parent-child bond.

Even if you’re not big on outdoor play, there are fun and easy ways to get your children excited about nature including:

Go on a nature scavenger hunt, walk along a nearby trail, make a bird feeder, collect unique rocks and more! From Umstead to smaller local parks and even your own backyard, there’s plenty of ways to have fun and explore nature.

10. Go on a Picnic


What better way to take advantage of a sunny day than with a picnic? Sit on a sheet in the backyard and munch popcorn together while bird watching. Take a small cooler to a local park and enjoy the sunshine and snacks.

9. Dress Up

Melissa & Doug Role Play

Pretend play can help develop creativity and confidence! Melissa & Doug Role Play costumes are constructed to last! The jackets are all machine washable and can be worn and enjoyed for years. Playing dress-up engages your child’s brain and memory. It also helps to build vocabulary as your child decides what his or her character would say.

8. Fold ‘n Go Trampoline

Fold & Go Trampoline

Ready, set … JUMP

The Fold & Go Trampoline is designed to keep kids bouncing for hours. Easy to assemble and perfect for indoor and outdoor active play. Kids will love jumping and laughing on their very own mini trampoline.

Parents can feel good about watching their kiddos be active as they strengthen their legs and arms with every bounce. Plus, laughter and regular exercise can boost self-esteem, reduce stress and improve sleep.

7. Air Fort

Air Fort

The Air Fort is an instant play fort that inflates in less than 30 seconds. When the kids are ready to play, simply attach your Air Fort to a box fan and you’re ready to go! No cushions, blankets or pillows are needed. Create a mess-free fort quickly and easily. When bedtime hits, unless a slumber party calls, all you have to do is stuff your Air Fort into its matching carrying bag and you’re done. The carrying bag is small in size taking up almost no storage space.

6. Choose Your Own Adventure Books

Choose Your Own Adventure Books

Each book from this classic gamebook series contains marvelous adventures. Follow the yeti to Shangri-La, power down the Ant People, or train with the world’s most powerful ninjas and learn their ancient skills.

5. Rock Painting Kits

Creativity for Kids hide & seek rock painting kit is weather resistant and perfect for you, your friends and family to paint rocks to hide outdoors to spread kindness, encouragement and happiness throughout your community – one rock at a time! This rock painting kit for kids gives you everything you need to paint, decorate and hide 10 rocks! The hide and seek rock painting kit includes 10 natural river rocks, weather resistant paint (8 colors) and waterproof transfer designs (similar to temporary tattoos), tracking stickers, 2 paint brushes, transfer sponge and instructions. Hide your painted rocks throughout your community and post them online for your friends to view! See how other rock painters have decorated their rocks and see if someone finds your hidden rocks in your community with the hashtag (#Creativity for Kids or #creativityrocks). Rock painting is a fun craft for kids and adults alike. Painting rocks is an arts and craft activity that allows you to express yourself and create a unique work of art.

4. Crystal Growing Kits

Crystal Growing Kits

Let little geologists grow their own vibrant crystals with our craft kits. Kids can create unique crystals in a variety of colors and display each of them in the cup to delight their friends and families.

3. Baking & Cooking with Kids


Besides the enjoyment and unique activity, there are other reasons to involve children in the kitchen. A few include:

  • You get to spend quality time together screen free.
  • Because of the various steps, children can learn how to follow instructions. They also learn the importance of following instructions (If you cook it too long, it burns. If you leave out the sugar, it tastes like chalk).
  • Kids enjoy being involved. It makes them more interested and increases their knowledge of healthy food.
  • Educational benefits include learning how to read recipes, using math skills, and realizing the effect of temperature on food.

2. Board Games

Ticket to Ride First Journey

Board games are important for achild’s mental and social development. From improved concentration to creative development, children are enriched with various skills while playing board games.

Board games or table top games are both entertaining and educational. These games help develop skills like decision making, social interaction, and critical thinking.

1. Puzzles

Floor Puzzle

When your child is alone with a puzzle you can expect three basic skills to be built:

  • Physical skills — from holding puzzle pieces and turning them until they fit
  • Cognitive skills — as they solve the problems of a puzzle
  • Emotional skills — they learn patience and are rewarded when they complete the puzzle

For the largest selection of toys and games in the Triangle area, visit one of our convenient locations. Our experienced team can help you choose the perfect gift!

  • Learning Express Cary (Corner of Kildaire & Tryon) 2020 Kildaire Farm Rd,
    Cary, NC 27518
  • Learning Express Raleigh (North Hills)4209 Lassiter Mill Rd #128,
    Raleigh, NC 27609
  • Learning Express North Raleigh (Falls of Neuse & Durant)9660 Falls of Neuse Rd #130,
    Raleigh, NC 27615
  • Learning Express Durham (15-501 & I-40)3604 Witherspoon Blvd #101,
    Durham, NC 27707

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