For adults, hearing a proclamation of, “I’m bored!” means we’re expected to answer with the perfect, mind-bendingly fun suggestion. Well, here’s a very IRL thing (I’ll save you the trip I made to Urban Dictionary – that’s “in real life”) – there are so many moments when a good answer, or the “right” answer….or….any answer just doesn’t come to mind. The dreaded brain-freeze (shiver!). Because of the this potentially-scary phenomenon, I’ve started keeping a list of kid-approved “I’m bored” projects, and one of my very favorite, top-of-the-list, go-to activities is making Scribble Dice. These DIY Scribble Dice are sure-winners for bored kids of all ages for a few reasons:
- They’re easy to make (10 minutes tops).
- They lend themselves to lots of games – you don’t even have to come up with them…trust me, kids will figure out their own.
- You can make them into anything – I use them here as an art tool, but I’ve also made them for different kinds of movements (hop/wiggle/twirl), story-telling prompts and words for spelling practice.
So grab some dice, and let’s roll into this tutorial (see what I did there…wink!)
- A Small Mailing Label or Small corner of a Sticker Sheet
- 2 Dice
- Pens, Markers, Colored Pencils or Crayons
Step 1: Using an adhesive mailing label or piece of a sticker sheet, cut small squares the same size as the sides of your dice.
Step 2: Scribble some patterns for one one die and colors for another. Trying to learn movements, shapes or letters? Use those instead of scribbling! It’s a great way for kids to get practice, that feels much more like a game than busy work.
Step 3: Affix the squares to all die sides and let the games begin!
Ok, so has anyone tried these before? Have you dabbled in your own activity dice? If you have a great idea that will save us ALL from the “I’m bored” brain-freezes, puh-lease be sure to share it in the comments below!
With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help families discover their creative potential and be inspired to make the world a better place through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community.
When not playing with ideas, designs and projects for barley & birch, Amanda enjoys working as a modern art curator and managing her own small design business.