Boredom Busters

Boredom busters are quick activities that need minimal resources. They’ll probably only take 30 mins to an hour to complete. These are undoubtedly the easiest to make for rainy days too, so while some will be outdoor activities, we’ll include things to make and colour and things to do online here. We’ll be adding new activities as the coronavirus lockdown progresses.

Featured Boredom Buster

Water Cycle Board Game

Print out the rules, the board and the playing cards for this game all about the water cycle. Can your raindrop be the first to reach the sea? Will you get drunk by a tiger, stuck behind a dam, or turned into ice? This is a fun, easy-to-play game for a rainy day and definitely one for all the family

Download the full instructions: Water Cycle Board Game

All Boredom Buster Activities

  • Trace metals in the environment: why they matter
    Have you ever thought about trace metals and how they enter our environment? Why not read our blog today to find out!
  • Insect counts
    Contribute to the Pollinator Plan by doing a time count of pollinators on a patch of flowers by you, and submit your records to the National Biodiversity Record Centre
  • Oceans of Learning
    Info about and links to a wonderful site full of marine activities and learning resources built by the Marine Institute
  • Do one simple thing for nature today
    A printable poster with tear-off strips – each with a simple nature task
  • Ocean Acidification
    A simple experiment to show the effects of ocean acidification on shelled animals in our seas
  • 2 Minute Beach Clean
    Become an ocean hero and do a 2 minute beach clean
  • Practice Leave No Trace
    Below are seven tips to encourage the kids in your life to practice Leave No Trace.
  • Rainbow Art
    A fun way to draw in the rain!
  • Ocean Cams
    Some underwater ocean cams for you to enjoy!
  • Find your tree twin
    Go to the woods and find your Tree Twins
  • Underwater Observatories
    A downloadable on underwater observatories, including links to citizen science projects where you can get involved identify animals for scientists.
  • Wicklow Mountains National Park
    A link to the wonderful nature activities hosted on the Wicklow Mountains National Park website
  • Ocean Instrument Quiz
    Guess the Ocean Instrument! A fun picture quiz – and yes, we give you the answers, and tell you what each instrument is for
  • Ocean Eddies
    Everything you need to know about Ocean Eddies. A downloadable with links to videos and other cool stuff
  • Learn about Lakes
    Learn about lakes from a series of short videos produced by researchers
  • Waves
    How do waves form and why are they important? Read all about it from surfing to renewable energy!
  • Respect Farm Animals and Wildlife Learn the Rule of Thumb
    Learn how you can practise Leave No Trace principle of Respect Farm Animals and Wildlife.
  • How does the ocean circulate: part 3
    A follow up from previous experiments on water temperature and water saltiness, this activity explains the global ocean circulation that all our lives depend on
  • 22ยบ Halo
    A short post on a 22 degree sun halo seen in the skies over Galway one sunny May day
  • Make a bird bath
    A really quick DIY birdbath to help all the birds through the gorgeous weather we’ve been having lately.
  • Rainy Days
    Just a couple of nice websites with puzzle and colouring things to do on a rainy day. Some animal drawing tutorials too.
  • Animal Cams
    Animal cams from around the World! Go on safari on the South Africa / Botswana border, see bears in Transylvania, or catch racoons in a South Carolina back yard. Or follow the links to the webcams in Dublin Zoo or San Diego Zoo, or watch pandas in a reserve in China
  • How does the ocean circulate: part 2
    Here’s an indoor experiment to look at how the saltiness of water causes it to move, which is part of the reason why the ocean is in constant circulation
  • Sea Eagle Web Cam
    Check out the AMAZING live webcam off the Sea Eagles in County Cork’s Glengarriff Nature Reserve. Also featuring a couple of other live nests: Ospreys in Wales and Great Grey Owls in Montana, USA.
  • Flower pressing activity
    Brief and simple instructions for how to press flowers
  • Water Cycle Board Game
    Fun but educational board game about the water cycle. An innovative take on snakes and ladders
  • Write a story
    Write a story inspired by your local woods or your favourite tree
  • Who Am I? An Animal Guessing Game
    Learn about Irish wildlife through a simple guessing game
  • How does the ocean circulate
    See how water temperature affects ocean circulation
  • Garden Birdwatching
    ID sheets for common garden birds from Birdwatch Ireland Cork
  • Nature Art
    Make pictures from leaves, flowers, stones, shells, pine cones etc.
  • Leaf Rubbing
    Leaf rubbing: a 30 min activity for all ages

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