1,001 Boredom Busting Play Ideas – Book Review

Jean Oram is a NY Times best selling author. She contacted me directly requesting I take a look at her latest book and consider reviewing it. What a great opportunity! The book, 1,001 Boredom Busting Play Ideas, is a perfect fit for my house! I’m always looking for fun things to keep my kids out of my hair busy and having fun.

And so I read…

1001 Boredom Busting Play Ideas

Let me start by saying Jean is typically a romance author. She definitely has me falling in love with some of her ideas. This book includes classic childhood games (including some twists), challenges, crafts, experiments, and just general silliness. It even begins with almost a dozen ways to decide who goes first when playing a game…games in and of themselves.

I figured the best way to review a book like this was to get the kids involved. So we tested some of these ideas out. At first, they didn’t want me to pull them away from the TV. Then I challenged them to see what they could do without using their thumbs…like write their names. They were all in! Here is a peek at some of our challenge fun:


Now I will warn that some of the ideas are a bit gross. Some I’d rather my kids didn’t learn until it was unavoidably picked up by “that bad kid” at school (definitely not my kid…right?) Though they would get a lot of laughs.

Some were a blast from the past. For anyone that is a school teacher, girl/boy scouts leader, youth group leader…there are some great ideas for larger group play. Even at older ages. I know I will be working on altered versions of some of these so my 2 kids can play them at home.

The rest are great idea generators for moms and dads out there just trying to come up with fun family activities. Really tests you to get out there and get to know your local neighborhood and explore the world around you.

I definitely foresee some of them being featured as kid activities in upcoming blog posts! Subscribe to my mailing list so you don’t miss any of the fun. Or, go buy this book and make some fun of your own.

I’m told this book is not yet out in paperback. However, you can easily find it on Amazon for just $2.99. Let me state now that this is not an affiliate post. I do not make any money if you purchase this book. Simply sharing my thoughts on it.

I hope you enjoy!

2 Comments on “1,001 Boredom Busting Play Ideas – Book Review”

  1. Hi Emily!

    I’m delighted your kids enjoyed the book–I love seeing pictures of the challenges, too! Thank you so much for the lovely review. (It makes me want to wake up my own kids and do them again!) Play on!

    P.S. I hope to have the paperback available in December (2015).

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