DIY Summer Boredom Buster Jar (Over 60 Ideas Included!)

I was provided product by DecoArt and compensated to write about this project, but all thoughts, opinions, and ideas are my own :)

As I am writing this, it is so weird to think that summer break is just in a few more weeks! Seriously though, it's snowing outside my window right now. So, yeah. Who would guess warm temps are *hopefully* just a few weeks away? I'm being super hopeful they are :) 

As my kids are getting older, boredom is sitting in quicker than ever. I'm not one that allows for much screen time, so it's great having a few ideas in my back pocket when true boredom hits. I know that when school is out and the reality of the long hot days are here, it's a good thing to have lots of ideas to keep them busy! Today, I'm sharing with you my go to way to bust the boredom this summer in what more than a "Summer Boredom Buster" jar! 
When boredom strikes one of your kids, they simply pick an activity out of the jar. So, what do you need to create one yourself? Just a jar, some blocks, discs, or popsicle sticks, some paint, and lots of ideas! Don't worry on the ideas part, I got you covered at the bottom of the post :) I found this jar at a local craft store along with these 1" wood blocks.

 I then used DecoArt's Galaxy Glitter and Americana Acrylic Paint to bring life to the blocks. The colors I used :
Galaxy Glitter Aqua Meteor with a Americana Acrylic Paint base of Peacock Teal
Galaxy Glitter Ultraviolet with a base of Purple Pizzazz
Galaxy Glitter Pink Cosmos with a base of Bubblegum Pink
Galaxy Glitter Aurora Borealis Green with a base of Kelly Green
Galaxy Glitter Supernova Berry with a base of Magenta

 I painted one coat of acrylic paint on each block's connecting 4 sides, leaving a top and bottom bare. 

 Next, after the acrylic paint was dried, each block received two coats of the paired Galaxy Glitter. The Galaxy Glitter does take some time to dry, especially with thick coats. I found that two medium thick coats created enough glitter to do the trick! So, put on one coat. Let it harden. Then put on the next!

I let these all dry overnight to harden. 

I then wrote something fun to do on each one. On the opposite side of some I wrote a chore, or another fun item. I figured when they pick one out of the jar, they can then "roll the dice" kind of thing. Or, they need to do the chore before they do the fun thing! If they get a block with two fun things, then yay for them! :) 
 I then placed these all in the jar ready for some summer fun! 
My kids are already wanting to play with the blocks, just by themselves :) They can't wait to build something with them...which can totally be an idea for the jar! 

Since I'm a stay at home full time working mom, most of these ideas are things that the kids can do at home and free! I figure every once in awhile it wouldn't hurt to throw in some fun things like going out of ice cream or lunch. Of course, these are just ideas that I used for my kids, if yours are older, think of some age appropriate things for them to do too! 

In need of some ideas for your Summer Boredom Buster jar? Here are a few!
Make a craft
Play in the water (pool, sprinklers, etc)
Plant some flowers
Watch a movie
Make popsicles
Go for a walk
Paint your nails
Ride bikes
Have ice cream
Go to the splash pad
Have a dance party
Chalk Art
Go to the ice cream parlor
Go to the park
Go to lunch
Play dress up
Read a book
Do a puzzle
Cloud watch
Have a picnic
Walk the dog
Do a craft
Make jewelry
Write a story
Make lemonade 
Make a fort
Play tag
Blow bubbles
Paint rocks
Play with play-doh
Go to the farm
Have a lemonade stand
Have a water fight
Go for a nature walk
Play cards 
Play I-spy
Catch bugs
Chase butterflies
Do a science experiment
Make puppets (out of socks or paper bags)
Draw a story
Make goodies to take to neighbors
Build a sand castle
Play outdoor games
Go to the library
Play a game
Build blocks (with the blocks in the jar!)
Have a play date

Clean stuff out of car
Help with dishes
Clean your room
Help with laundry
Make your bed
Help pull weeds
Pick up toys
Pick up 5 things
Pick up 10 things
Brush the dog

To find more glittery ideas, be sure to check out DecoArt and their social media for more inspiration!

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happy DIYing! Alicia