If you read my post from last week about the bird that flew into my house and then proceeded to shit purple shit all over the place, you will understand just where I am in my life! This event led me to come up with the most genius activities for bored kids. Seriously … I’m a genius.

In case you missed it, here is a brief recap of previous events. There are two bushes / shrubs off my verandah that have dark purple berries growing on them. The birds eat the berries and then shit everywhere, including inside my house one day!

bush with purple berries

The birds eat the berries then shit all over my verandah!

Lightbulb moment!

So, this afternoon I had a genius idea of how to kill two birds with one stone … metaphorically of course!

After my kids complained for the 100th time that they were bored, I knew I had to come up with some activities for these bored kids.

And so I did what any self respecting out of ideas mum would do. I gave them the “super fun” and “important” game of picking ALL the berries off the bushes so the birds don’t make a mess! It’s all in the delivery really. You have two options:

  1. Be excited about your idea and inspire excitement in them.
  2. Act like you don’t want them to do it, so that they actually do want to.

I went with option 1 this time. They thought this was a fabulous idea, and totally understood how they were “helping mommy!”

things to do when the kids are bored
picking berries because they are bored

After they were all ‘set’ up with their bowls and wobbly plastic chairs, I did what any self respecting, bad mum in her right mind on a Friday afternoon would do. I poured myself a large glass of wine and took pictures of my adorable kids picking berries of the bushes. I had to take the pictures, just to have proof of my genius idea.

Bonus points: it’s outdoors in all the nature so it counts as playing outside, and cutting down on screen time!

activities for bored kids

Unfortunately, by the time I finished writing up this hilarious post filled with inspiration, sarcasm and wine, the kids had given up with the ‘boring’ task.

They are now back on the iPad asking Siri random questions. Questions such as, “How many sleeps until Easter?”!

Oh well, it was fun while it lasted!

Don’t forget to check back in next week for more fun and inspiring activities for bored kids, and ideas on how to keep your kids busy. I’m always here to help!

You’re Welcome!

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About the Author:

Mom of two little girls and a bonus mum of a teen. On a quest to survive parenting two strong-willed daughters in a modern world, and getting the balance right. I am a perfectly Imperfect parent who shares the highs and lows of parenting. As a family, we love to travel and experience days out with the kids.


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  2. tescokids 2nd June 2017 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    Happy Friday to you too

    • Mom Of Two Little Girls 2nd June 2017 at 6:52 pm - Reply

      Thanks mom x

  3. […] Fortunately things picked up towards Friday, and I even managed to get a fun #friyay post out late Friday evening. They Were Bored … Honest!  […]

  4. anywaytostayathome 3rd June 2017 at 8:26 am - Reply

    Ha ha. I got my kid to pick the daisy’s from the lawn the other day, told him they needed tidying. I just needed a break. #blogstravaganza

    • Mom Of Two Little Girls 3rd June 2017 at 8:48 am - Reply

      Haha … ok I feel less guilty now.

  5. kerry 3rd June 2017 at 10:15 am - Reply

    Is this not the reason we have children??


  6. Melissa Javan 3rd June 2017 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    Note to self: get a berry tree while your child is still a baby :)

    • Mom Of Two Little Girls 3rd June 2017 at 2:31 pm - Reply

      Definitely!!! Well worth it for 5 minutes break! ?

  7. thetaleofmummyhood 3rd June 2017 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    I love it! I’m always open to ideas when it comes to keeping the littles busy, haha! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

    • Mom Of Two Little Girls 3rd June 2017 at 2:32 pm - Reply

      I have many more of these genius ideas!

  8. Diana Studer 3rd June 2017 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    are the berries edible?

    • Mom Of Two Little Girls 4th June 2017 at 7:27 am - Reply

      I don’t know but I don’t let them eat them.

  9. Heather Keet 5th June 2017 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    You are the queen of getting the kids to do things so you can drink wine in peace! #GlobalBlogging

    • Mom Of Two Little Girls 5th June 2017 at 2:29 pm - Reply

      haha … thanks. Maybe my in-laws weren’t as far off as I’d like to think when they referred to me as “the lazy queen”!

  10. Jeannette 5th June 2017 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    Ha-ha Such funny reading. The kids are interfering with your wine drinking. ? Excited to see what you think of next week. #globalblogging

    • Mom Of Two Little Girls 5th June 2017 at 7:12 pm - Reply

      Oh no … the pressure! ?

  11. hjsburnett 5th June 2017 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    More ideas like this please & thank you! I am always looking for ways to incorporate wine into activities! It’s a win/win!


  12. Tubbs 5th June 2017 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    Great way to keep them out of mischief! #globalblogging

  13. tinmccarthy 6th June 2017 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    Good work mama!


    • Mom Of Two Little Girls 6th June 2017 at 9:16 pm - Reply

      Thanks! X

  14. Jacqui Paterson 6th June 2017 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    I regularly allow my girls to play ‘Match the Socks from the Washing Pile’. It’s a great game, and they love it. Honest… ish. ;) #TriumphantTales

    • Mom Of Two Little Girls 6th June 2017 at 4:48 pm - Reply

      Haha … I always forget this one! Great tip! Thanks for sharing!

  15. JakiJellz 7th June 2017 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    Brilliant! It was good while it lasted hey?! Thanks for joining #TriumphantTales, hope to see you back next week! :)

    • Mom Of Two Little Girls 7th June 2017 at 9:30 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jaki. x

  16. Fridgesays 7th June 2017 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    #triumphanttales move the bush, it seems easier. Although i like your glass pulling idea – alas most mummy ideas don’t last long.

    • Mom Of Two Little Girls 7th June 2017 at 11:12 pm - Reply

      Haha thanks! X

  17. The Mum Project 8th June 2017 at 9:27 am - Reply

    What a lovely garden you have! How did you get the blueberry trees there? Do you grow them yourself? I want to do this but I’m scared I would kill all of the trees lol hey at least the girls were entertained for a little while! Thanks for sharing with #GlobalBlogging!

    • Mom Of Two Little Girls 8th June 2017 at 11:10 am - Reply

      They aren’t blueberries that you buy in the shops. My girls know NOT to eat them. And I can’t take credit for the garden. It was like that when we moved in, but thank you. I’d probably have killed it all by now to if I didn’t have a weekly garden service. lol

  18. ethannevelyn.com 8th June 2017 at 11:52 am - Reply

    Haha! I love this! I look forward to your next tips. I am intrigued. :) Thank you for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost

  19. Island Living 365 9th June 2017 at 9:43 am - Reply

    This is genius. The wine and the delegating of tasks. I am going to try this. I wonder if I can convince my two that cleaning the house is fun? #FridayFrolics

    • Mom Of Two Little Girls 9th June 2017 at 12:33 pm - Reply

      Or folding laundry!

  20. ourrachblogs 11th June 2017 at 7:47 am - Reply

    Thank you for this. This will be most helpful! Thanks for sharing with #GlobalBlogging

  21. Lisa Pomerantz 12th June 2017 at 2:38 am - Reply

    Purple bird shit everywhere would drive me batshit crazy! Way to go momma! And the kids, they love helping too! #FabFridayPost xoxo

  22. […] them pick the messy berries off the bushes in the garden. See here for proof that they did actually do it. This will buy you an estimated ten minutes of mom-time […]

  23. Life Love and Dirty Dishes 12th June 2017 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    Good work Mummy. Genius. Thanks for linking up to #FridayFrolics

    • Mom Of Two Little Girls 12th June 2017 at 7:51 pm - Reply

      My pleasure.

  24. Silly Mummy 14th June 2017 at 2:39 am - Reply

    Haha – great idea! Though I did initially think it would turn out you had got them to clean the verandah!


    • Silly Mummy 14th June 2017 at 2:43 am - Reply

      Oops – sorry for the random link there! It was something I was looking at on fb – not quite sure how I managed to link it into my comment! Must stop messing about on multiple screens at once. Please feel free to delete that. And I meant to say thanks so much for joining us on #FridayFrolics (as opposed to what I apparently actually said, which was essentially ‘look how much Jeremy Corbyn’s son looks like Elijah Wood’! He does though! Apologies again!)

  25. Three Baby Kisses XXX 5th June 2019 at 11:17 am - Reply

    haha made me laugh at the end as siri is constantly randomly speaking out in our household too!

  26. Josie - Me, Them and the Others 5th June 2019 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    I’m now wondering if I could convince me kids that cleaning of some kind is a good game… #itsok

  27. That was pretty genius Carly.. even if it lasted for five minutes! You got to have a glass of wine in the afternoon, that counts for something!!! #itsok

  28. Charlotte Stein 6th June 2019 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    Genius! I think we should apply this tactic to more areas of our lives #itsok

  29. Tracey Carr 10th June 2019 at 11:47 am - Reply

    Ah well at least you tried! And very creative too..! It is so hard to keep them focused on anything for more than ten minutes (except the tv of course). I try this all the time when it’s a sunny day, ways to get them to go outside and STAY outside but like you they arrive back in a few minutes later saying “Ugh I’m bored!”. The one thing they love doing is having a picnic out in the garden, even a pretend one with their teddies. That normally keeps them occupied for about half an hour! #itsok

  30. crummymummy1 12th June 2019 at 9:01 am - Reply

    That is a great idea! Even if it was only fun while it lasted! #itsok

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