Bored Kid? Try this list


Are You Bored? Try These Things:

Act like a spy / secret agent for the day

Act like you just met your friend for the first time

Act profound

Ad lib

Add some strawberries to your ice cream

Adopt strange mannerisms

Alphabetize the food in your fridge

Announce your candidacy for President.

Annoy total strangers

Apply for a unicorn hunting license

Appreciate everything

Archive the Internet to 3.5″ floppy disks (low density of course)

Arrest yourself

Ask a question nobody can answer

Ask embarrassing questions

Ask for seconds

Ask people how to pronounce their name

Ask people if they want to see your “belly button treasure”

Ask people if they’ve seen your head

Ask stupid questions.

Ask the person in front of you to marry you.

Ask why

At the bottom of escalators yell “MY SHOELACE!”

Attract lightning

Award yourself a Nobel Peace Prize

Baby oil the floor

Backstroke your way to class

Bake the world’s biggest doughnut hole

Balance a pencil on your nose

Balance a pillow on your head

Balance your checkbook

Bark at people in the grocery store

Bark at your dog

Bark at your parents

Be a leaf and leave

Be a loan shark

Be a lone shark

Be a monk…for a day

Be a no-name

Be a non-being

Be a REALLY cautious driver

Be a side affect.

Be a smart blonde

Be a spy

Be a square root.

Be a superstar

Be amazing

Be blue

Be blunt

Be Buddha

Be cherubic.

Be cold

Be cute

Be envious

Be halfway

Be hot

Be immobile

Be in the wrong place at the right time.

Be jealous

Be lazy

Be legendary

Be lord of the flies

Be negative

Be nervous

Be neutral

Be one of those people that yell “SHH!” (Even though they ADD to the noise)

Be positive

Be really annoying to everybody

Be sharp

Be smart

Be somebody else

Be someone special

Be stupid for a day

Be thankful for clocks

Be unique, just like everyone else

Beam yourself up

Become a band nerd

Become a go-to kinda man

Become a hermit on your front lawn (works best if you live on a main road!)

Become a paparazzi for your friends, follow them around with a camera

Become a party animal

Become a tic-tac addict

Become an expert on something nobody cares about

Befriend flies

Behold the truth

Bite every other nail

Bite your pinkie

Blast hip-hop music through town

Blink a lot

Blow bubbles

Blow bubbles with bubble gum

Blow on a beer bottle

Blow on a blade of grass

Blow spit bubbles

Blow up a balloon until it pops

Boil ice cream

Boldly go where no man has gone before

Bother a sibling, profusely

Bounce a potato

Braid your dog’s hair

Break into a friend’s house and clean it

Break some rules

Bring a Furby to school

Bring dog treats to the park and meet 25 new dogs

Bronze your sister

Brush your teeth

Buff your cat

Build a house out of toothpicks

Build a house with ice cubes

Build a model of the Eiffel Tower out of Belgian waffles

Build a pyramid

Build a tree house in the middle of a field

Burp the Happy Birthday song

Bury your father’s car

Buy something from an infomercial

Call a wrong number and talk to whoever answers.

Call an insurance company and try to insure your stuffed animal.

Call toll free numbers and make friends with the operators

Call yourself an Indian giver

Calmly have a nervous breakdown

Can you out-shame these people?

Carpet your ceiling

Carry a briefcase with you and offer people phony legal advice

Carry a tune…drop it, see if it breaks

Carve your boyfriend\girlfriend\crushes’ initials in a marshmallow

Catch a cold

Catch a falling star

Challenge the neighbor kid to duel

Change your hand writing style

Change your mind

Change your name…daily

Chase your friend or family member around the sofa

Check out the weather forecast for other parts of the world.

Check under chairs for chewing gum

Check your email from a DOS command prompt

Chew ice

Chew on a lollipop stick

Chew on pen caps

Chew on your arm until someone notices.

Chew your lip

Churn some butter.

Claim you are late for a date with the white rabbit

Clean and polish your belly button

Clean your room (*gasp*)

Climb the walls

Clone yourself

Collect hotel keys

Complain about your nose hurting

Conceive a brand new language.

Confess to a crime that you didn’t commit.

Confess to a crime…that didn’t happen

Construct a shrine for the queen of the spud peoples

Construct tiny makeshift parachutes for hamsters

Convert various currencies to other various currencies here

Count all the stars in the sky

Count to a 100,000

Count your teeth with your tongue

Crack your knuckles

Crank up some music

Crawl around the room humming the music from Mission Impossible.

Create random equations

Cross your toes



Crush pop cans with croquet mallets

Cut out photos and paste them on Popsicle sticks and have a puppet show

Cut your fingernails/toenails

Dance around your living room naked

Dance ’til you drop

Dare to be stupid

Day dream

Debate politics with a pet

Declare April 6th “slap butt day” at your school and actively celebrate it

Declare war

Defend your neighborhood from flesh eating robots

Defy gravity

Develop a complex

Develop a tick

Dial-a-prayer and argue

Discover some cool uses for crates

Discover the answer to the ultimate question….then the question itself….

Do a cartwheel

Do a good job

Do aerobics…in your head

Do crossword puzzles

Do everything with your other hand today

Do some paperwork

Do the hokey-pokey at 3 am

Do the magician “saw a box trick” with your sister/brother

Donate your brother’s/sister’s body to science

Dont ever use punctuation its rather annoying isnt it

Doodle or cartoon

Dot people’s i’s for them

Draw Venn diagrams…screw them up

Dress in something silly and laugh at yourself

Dress like a pirate

Dress like your favorite Heavy Metal group…surprise your grandmother.

Dress up in a cow suit… go to the supermarket

Drink as much prune juice as you can

Drink soda till you get wired

Drink straight shots…of water

Drop pebbles down the chimney

Drop something to see if it breaks.

Duct tape a spoon to the wall and wait for it to fall

Eat broccoli and pretend to be a dinosaur eating trees

Embarrass yourself

Even the score

Every time you say the word definitely, spell it out

Every time you write something today, use roman numerals for the numbers.

Exist…existentially of course.

Exorcise a ghost

Experiment with makeup

Eye witness stuff

Factor your social security number


Fake an accent

Fall asleep


Figure out how to get yourself on TV

Find a bug and chase it

Find an address to your favorite famous person and write them a letter. See if they write you back.

Find other people who have your name

Find out your future with a Ouija board

Find pepper and dust and break the world record of sneezes

Find some crutches and pretend to have a broken leg

Find the heat capacity of your science professor

Find the longest URL you possibly can

Find the meaning of life

Find the nearest nowhere and go there

Find typos on websites and email the webmasters to let them know.

Find your half-life

Flash your mailman

Flip upside-down and check out the Anti-Gravity Room

Flirt with people

Fluff your pillows

Fold everything you can

Follow random people

Forget to groom

Form a political party

Form a union

Format all those AOL disks you got in the mail…



Get a song stuck in your head

Get angry with yourself

Get bubblegum stuck in your hair and try to get it out

Get caught red-handed

Get on the radio

Get run over by a train of thought

Get your dog braces

Get yourself as nauseated as possible, like by spinning around and looking straight up.

Give names to your body parts

Give your cat a mohawk

Give to charity

Give yourself a new identity

Glue pages of your roommates textbooks together.

Go Amish

Go back to square one

Go dumpster diving

Go dumpster diving and see what you can find

Go for a bike ride

Go for a run

Go for a walk

Go insane

Go into a bar and ask for a Molotov Cocktail

Go on random driver’s ed trips

Go shop for a really good book

Go skinny-dipping

Go squirrel watching

Go swimming

Go through the dictionary looking up really long words like discombobulated.

Go to a funeral and tell jokes

Go to a Swing dance and do the hokey-pokey

Go to McDonald’s and pretend you can’t speak English

Go to your local museum, and try to get kicked out

Goose people

Grease every door hinge in the house, then yell at people for slamming doors

Grind your teeth

Groan, act confused when people ask if you are ok

Hail a cab and walk

Hang out in the bathroom wearing a suit and sell people things

Have a burping contest

Have a carpet picnic

Have a staring contest with yourself in the mirror.

Have a water drinking contest

Have an egg toss

Have people follow you with red carpet everywhere

Help an old lady cross the street


Hire people to wait on you

Hit some hay

Hit the deck

Hold amateur wrestling matches at your local gym

Hold an ice cube as long as possible

Hold your breath

Hold your hand

Hop on one foot all day

Hop up and down

Host your own radio show from your laundry room

Hot wax the bottom of your brothers/sisters dress shoes

Hug a stranger then apologize saying you thought they were your grandma.

Hunt and peck when you type in public places

Ignore anyone who talks to you

Inflate a beachball and throw it around the room.

Insist everyone calls you “Your highness”

Interview a member of the opposite sex

Invent something

Join a fan club

Join the debate team and agree with everyone

Juggle everything you can find

Jump up and down

Just hop up

Kidnap Cabbage Patch Kids

Kidnap Cabbage Patch Kids

Kidnap Cabbage Patch Kids.

Kiss and make up with yourself

Kiss your elbow, if you can.

Knight yourself and some close friends.

Knit a sweater

Laugh at things that are not funny

Lay a long straight line of masking tape on the floor. Now spin around really fast then try walking on the masking tape.

Learn a new word in the dictionary

Learn insulting words in other languages

Learn random facts and share them with people

Learn to let go

Learn to peel a banana with your feet

Learn to play the kazoo

Learn to read Sanskrit

Learn to square dance

Learn to surf

Learn to throw your voice

Learn to type…with your toes

Learn to whistle 14.4/28.8 bps modem sounds

Let a helium balloon float up to your ceiling and throw things at it to pop it

Lick your hand and see the spit evaporate.

Lick your lips

Listen to a type of music that you don’t normally listen to

Listen to really hard music and head bang

Load as many programs on your PC as you can in an attempt to crash your system

Look at something for awhile, shut eyes, and study the after image.

Look on a soda bottle or cereal box and call the consumer information line and ask them some questions.

Lounge around the house in prom attire

Make a Christmas wish list in July

Make a deal with the devil, but keep your fingers crossed

Make a list of things to do when bored.

Make a list of things you want

Make a rubber band ball

Make a sundial

Make a trash can a basketball hoop and throw crumpled up paper for baskets

Make an entertaining phone answering-machine message

Make faces at strangers to make them laugh

Make oatmeal in the bathtub

Make shoelaces out of noodles

Make sock puppets

Make sound effects for stuff

Make up a new language

Make up code names for you and some friends

Make up crazy facts about things and tell them to other people like you are very smart.

Make up famous sayings

Make up ghost stories

Make up poems or songs about your boredom

Make your feet talk to each other

Make yourself sweat

Mark your territory

Master the art of cherry-stem tongue-tying

Memorize pi (the number)

Mix and match your socks

Mix some odd foods together and eat them

n the front lawn

Never say never I never will again

Open a box of Animal Crackers and make an animal farm

Open everything

Out of nowhere, or when it is quiet, say loud “When I say heeee-aay, you say hoooo, Heeee-aay” and see how many people say “ho”

Over pluck your eyebrows

Paint with your toes

Paint zebra stripes on your computer

Patch some clothing

Pay for expensive things with pennies

Peel grapes

Phone your local government rep and see if you can convince him or her to have lunch with you

Pick a random person and worship them

Pick other people’s noses

Pick the fuzz balls off hotel blankets

Pick your nose

Plan a journey

Plant M&M’s

Plaster those free tattoos all over your body

Play a tune with keypad numbers on the phone

Play bottle cap hockey…with pens as the sticks and a bottle cap as the puck

Play cards

Play dead

Play dress-up with all the clothes you have in your closet

Play duck duck goose

Play Frisbee

Play house with yourself

Play leap frog

Play pick up sticks

Play rock-paper-scissors

Play solitaire

Play songs backwards and listen for satanic messagesListen to a painting

Play tag

Play tiddly winks

Play to lose

Play video games

Play with marbles

Play with some LEGOS

Plead the fifth

Plot revenge against someone.

Plot the overthrow of your local school board

Pop zits and blackheads, clean lint out of belly button, q-tips, and find those hidden treasures of the nose

Post Post-It© Notes all over your house

Pour instant concrete in your sister/brother’s waterbed

Pour water in your hand, make a sneeze noise, and throw water on the back of person’s neck. Act like you’re not sorry at all for what they think you did. Comment instead on how big that sneeze was or about how there was a lot of mucus in that one.

Practice phrasing your answers in the form of a question, like on Jeopardy.

Practice your arm pit farting skills (Advanced participants try with your hand cupped on the back of your knee)

Practice your ty-chi. Wave your arms all around like your really know what you are doing.

Preach about wearing seatbelts

Preach the philosophy of Marx…Groucho, that is

Pretend to be a car – Make appropriate revving noises in your head as you walk along and add a racing commentary as you pass strangers in the street. Use blinking eyes as indicators for extra authenticity.

Pretend to communicate with your home planet.

Pretend you are God

Pretend you are Xena the Warrior Princess

Pretend you’re a dog


Pronounce your friends names backwards

Pull someone else’s pigtails

Purpose marriage to the next living thing you see


Push your eyes for interesting light show

Put bunny ears on people you don’t know (the two finger kind you know, like a peace sign)

Put doll clothes on your cat and play dress up

Put legwarmers on all your furniture

Put lighted EXIT signs on all your closets

Put sunglasses on your pet

Put your Christmas lights up in April

Put your shoes on the opposite feet


Read a book a sentence a day

Recite romantic poetry…to your toaster

Recopy the Bible substituting your name for God

Redecorate your garage

Relive fond memories

Repeat the same word over and over until it loses its meaning – Pick a random word out of a magazine and say it aloud to yourself until it becomes a meaningless set of noises.

Repeatingly call someone Al and get mad when they say that’s not their name

Respond to everything with “well that’s what you think”

Roll down grass hills

Roll over

Roll your change

Roll your tongue

Run a Miss Area-code pageant

Run across the room, tag someone and say “You’re it.”

Run around in squares.

Run around your house as fast as you can and, count how many times you can go without getting tired.

Run for Pope

Run to the window, then say, “Sorry, I thought I saw the Bat-signal”.

Sandpaper a mushroom

Save your toenail clippings

Say “blink-blink” when you blink

Say everything twice

Say everything twice

Say tongue twisters


Scratch yourself – Go ahead, scratch yourself now. Even if nothing itches, go ahead. Doesn’t that feel pretty good?

See how long you can hold your breath

See how long you can sleep

See how long you can stay awake

See how many hugs you can get in one day

See how many licks it actually takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop.

See if diamonds really do cut glass

See what’s in your neighbor’s rubbish/trash – You can learn a lot about them this way.

Seek out the Paranormal

Send chills down your spine

Send postcards to yourself

Send your goldfish to obedience school

Set off metal detectors

Set up your Christmas tree in April

Set your life’s ambition to become a slacker

Sew your own clothes

Sharpen a carrot

Shave your head

Shoot rubber bands at someone, when they accuse you look confused and point to the person to the left of you.

Shout “shut up, SHUT UP,” and hit your head on a table

Show school pride, for a school other than your own

Shuffle cards and cut the deck

Sing even if you can’t

Sing in the rain

Sit on the washing machine during the spin cycle.


Skip rope


Smell EVERYTHING you come across

Smile all day for a day

Snap your fingers as if suddenly you have a bright idea and see if you get any





Speak in acronyms

Spell your name with mustard all over the street

Spend a few hours daydreaming that you had a billion dollars

Spend hours downloading large files, then delete them, download, delete…..

Spike your dog’s hair

Spike your hair

Spill things

Spin pencils on your fingers

Spit shine your Nikes

Stack furniture

Stand on your head

Stare at the back of someone’s head until they turn around – This works on the “I have the feeling I’m being watched” principle. Conduct an experiment-does this really work?

Stare at the ceiling and try to make something out of the dots

Stare into space

Start a club, make everyone who joined pay dues, then call it stupid and quit.

Start a conversation with yourself

Start a diary

Start a wave.

Start laughing really hard and say, “Oh, now I get it.”.

Start something but don’t finish it

State fallacies as fact (like, “peanuts grow on bushes”)

Step off a curb with eyes shut, imagine it’s a cliff – To get any benefit out of this one, you have to have a good imagination. Don’t step off immediately, build up to the jump. Study the ravine below. Feel the winds at that altitude. Step off and…AHHHHHH!!!!!

Stick marshmallows between your buttocks and see how far you can walk without dropping them.

Stick your tongue out

Stomp grapes in the bathtub

Stop what you’re doing, flick on the radio, get up and dance!

Surf the internet

Swat flies

Swear at yourself

Take a class on self defense

Take a week of vacation from work to just sit at home and watch tons of movies

Take an IQ Test

Take money out of the bank and spend it all on yourself

Take pictures of interesting things that you see all day.

Take the fifth.

Take your cat to the restroom with you

Take your hamster to the beach

Take your TV outside

Talk back to the radio

Talk like a pirate

Talk with your hands

*69 Telemarketers and ask them if they want to buy random stuff

Tenderize your tongue…chew on it for a while

Test thin ice…with a pogo stick

Think of nicknames for everyone you know.

Think shallow thoughts

Throw a huge party for no reason at all

Throw a sleepover

Throw a tomato into a fan

Throw marshmallows against the wall

Tie bows in everything

Tie someones shoe’s together

Try a sample of every flavor at baskin’ robins but don’t buy anything

Try bird-watching.

Try harder

Try plan B

Try to break a world record

Try to develop psychic powers, then use ‘em.

Try to make reservations at McDonalds

Try to Outmaneuver your shadow

Try to play a cassette in your CD player.

Try to put your feet behind your head

Try to stay up for 24 hours

Turn off the lights whenever you enter a room

Turn on everything

Turn on the T.V., put it on mute and make up dialogue

Turn your TV upside down and watch it

Turn yourself in a for a crime you didn’t commit

Unplug everything and rearrange the furniture

Use a kick me sign. As a challenge, see how many people you can put a kick me sign on without them knowing it.

Use the word stuff as much as possible

Use your secret mind power – Pick a passing by and try to use your mind power to command them do something, like drop their bag or knock into someone. The law of averages dictates that sooner or later one of your mind commands will come true, so you can convince yourself that you really have super human powers and waste even more time trying them out.

Vacation at Three-Mile Island

Vacuum your lawn

Volunteer for a charity

Walk around a public park, every so often pretend to trip on a ‘invisible’ wire.

Walk around as a body guard for a day for one of your friends

Walk around the room begging for spare change.

Walk extra fast all day

Wash behind your ears

Wash your car

Washable crayons are a wonderful invention. Pick a wall and invite friends.

Watch 101 Dalmatians and see if they really show 101 Dalmatians.

Watch a foreign film

Watch a home movie and make fun of yourself as a kid

Watch the minute hand move

Watch TV, repeat everything said in Italian accent – Sort of entertaining. Include flamboyant shoulder shrugs for added impact, or go for a Marlon Brando set of grunts.

Wear a different Hawaiian print shirt everyday for a year

Wear a lampshade on your head

Wear a right shoe that is different than your left shoe and see if people notice

Wear a three-piece suit…in a sauna

Wear all your clothes inside out for the day

Wear duct tape

Wear fuzzy bunny slippers to work

Wear no underwear


When you buy something ask to get your picture taken with the clerk

When you have people over ask them if they ever feel like they are being watched

When you smile bite your lip

Whine about everything

Whisper everything

Whistle while you work

Wiggle your leg

Wiggle your nose

Wiggle your toes

Wink at everyone

Write a book about your previous life

Write a limerick.

Write a poem

Write a rant letter to your local newspaper.

Write a really long essay

Write a song

Write calligraphy messages to your friends

Write complaint letters to companies that annoy you.

Write fortune cookie sayings

Write glow in the dark messages on people’s ceilings (“I’m watching you!)

Write graffiti under the rug

Write in a circle

Write letters to random people claiming you are their lost cousin, ask for money

Write your name in permanent marker on all your underwear

You and a friend pick your noses and see who has the biggest boogers.

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