It’s a fact: Kids get bored when they’re waiting. Whether it’s waiting at the doctor’s office, dentist or a long car ride, kids get bored. And bored kids can quickly turn into mischievous kids. Most parents, though, don’t like packing around a huge supply of games and activities to curb boredom. Here are a few fun and easy games the kids will enjoy – no tote bag, crayons or paper required.
Yes and No

Yes and No is similar to Twenty Questions. One person will start out by being It. The other players will be Askers. It will choose something – a person, place, thing then give a clue to the Askers. The clue can only be the beginning letter of It’s choice item. For example: It chooses “snowman” – then tells the Askers “Letter S.” Next the Askers begin asking questions about the chosen item that can be answered with yes or no (It can also answer with occasionally, sometimes, never, always, or the like). Questions are asked until someone guesses, then that Asker who guessed correctly now becomes It.

One Up (or Stumped)

This is a great boredom buster and a friend and I first started playing it in high school. All players choose a mutually-agreed-upon subject. For examples: Christmas, Star Wars, weather, movies, etc.

One player starts by stating something that relates to the chosen subject.

For example: Christmas. One player says “Snow” then another player says “Candy canes” and so on and so forth. Each player tries to “one up” or “stump” the players before them. When no one can come up with another item to go with the subject the game is over – the last player to state an item has stumped the others.

My friend and I once carried a Star Wars One Up game through two or three weeks while in high school.

Vacation or Camping Trip

One person starts by saying “I’m going on vacation (or a camping trip) and I’m going to take ___” and they name and item then explain why they’ll need it. For example: “. . .I’m going to take a camera so I can take lots of pictures” or “. . .a map so I can find my way.”

Each player takes a turn and the game continues for as long as the players would like. There is no winner or loser.

Bee Bee Bumble Bee

I learned this game when I was a little girl and used to play it with my brother when we were bored. It’s very similar to I Spy. One person starts out as It. They look around the room they’re in and choose an item. It could be a book, a window, a door, a picture on the wall, a person’s shirt – whatever. Then they say “Bee Bee Bumble Bee, I see something you don’t see and the color is ___” and they name the color of the item they chose. The other players try to guess the item and the one who guesses correctly is now It and takes their turn.

Imagination games like these are fun to play to curb boredom and they don’t require any supplies to play them – except maybe your thinking cap!