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 matterHave you ever thought about trace metals and how they enter our environment? Why not read our blog today to find out!
- Insect countsContribute 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 LearningInfo 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 todayA printable poster with tear-off strips – each with a simple nature task
- Ocean AcidificationA simple experiment to show the effects of ocean acidification on shelled animals in our seas
- 2 Minute Beach CleanBecome an ocean hero and do a 2 minute beach clean
- Practice Leave No TraceBelow are seven tips to encourage the kids in your life to practice Leave No Trace.
- Rainbow ArtA fun way to draw in the rain!
- Ocean CamsSome underwater ocean cams for you to enjoy!
- Find your tree twinGo to the woods and find your Tree Twins
- Underwater ObservatoriesA downloadable on underwater observatories, including links to citizen science projects where you can get involved identify animals for scientists.
- Wicklow Mountains National ParkA link to the wonderful nature activities hosted on the Wicklow Mountains National Park website
- Ocean Instrument QuizGuess the Ocean Instrument! A fun picture quiz – and yes, we give you the answers, and tell you what each instrument is for
- Ocean EddiesEverything you need to know about Ocean Eddies. A downloadable with links to videos and other cool stuff
- Learn about LakesLearn about lakes from a series of short videos produced by researchers
- WavesHow 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 ThumbLearn how you can practise Leave No Trace principle of Respect Farm Animals and Wildlife.
- How does the ocean circulate: part 3A follow up from previous experiments on water temperature and water saltiness, this activity explains the global ocean circulation that all our lives depend on
- 22º HaloA short post on a 22 degree sun halo seen in the skies over Galway one sunny May day
- Make a bird bathA really quick DIY birdbath to help all the birds through the gorgeous weather we’ve been having lately.
- Rainy DaysJust a couple of nice websites with puzzle and colouring things to do on a rainy day. Some animal drawing tutorials too.
- Animal CamsAnimal 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 2Here’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 CamCheck 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 activityBrief and simple instructions for how to press flowers
- Water Cycle Board GameFun but educational board game about the water cycle. An innovative take on snakes and ladders
- Write a storyWrite a story inspired by your local woods or your favourite tree
- Who Am I? An Animal Guessing GameLearn about Irish wildlife through a simple guessing game
- How does the ocean circulateSee how water temperature affects ocean circulation
- Garden BirdwatchingID sheets for common garden birds from Birdwatch Ireland Cork
- Nature ArtMake pictures from leaves, flowers, stones, shells, pine cones etc.
- Leaf RubbingLeaf rubbing: a 30 min activity for all ages