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Fun for the Kids From Jean Oram: 1,001 Boredom Busting Play Ideas

As you may have heard, I’m not only an author, but I’m a mom, too. In fact, my first book idea wasn’t a romance novel, but was for a kid’s activity book!

About a decade ago when my daughter was still a toddler I came across an idea for a fun activity in a magazine. I clipped it out and thought–I need a place to store good ideas. So, I tucked it in a notebook. And then the ideas started flowing. Within two days I had written down over 200 activities in the notebook. My mom, who knew what I was up to, would call me and say, “I have an idea.” And I’d say, “I have it already!” The list grew. And grew. And grew.

I’d work on the project for awhile, then forget about it for a few years. Try and get it published. Forget about it as I went back to work. Moved house. Had another child. Changed jobs. Moved house again. On and on… And then an author friend was approached for a nonfiction project by a literary agent. (The author friend and I had been critique partners for our romance novels–and still are!) She hooked me up with her agent and over the next two years we came *this* close to selling the book to a major publisher.

In the end we didn’t sell it, but that was okay. I had a lot going on in my life and my agent was ready for retirement. So the project was dropped. (On April Fool’s Day of all days!)

And then last spring I decided you know what? Let’s put this out there. And voila! Here it is! At long last over 1,000 tried and true play ideas that have been tested in the Oram household are ready to be shared! I hope you enjoy the book.


KidsPlay138K1,001 Boredom Busting Play Ideas: Free and Low-Cost Craft, Activity, and Family Fun Ideas that Will Help You Raise Happy, Healthy Children

It’s a big title! But it has something for EVERYONE no matter their age, interests, or what sort of play items you have on hand. Everything from playdough recipes to the game Lava to varieties of tag to crafts to daytrip ideas to travel games. It’s got everything PLUS the science behind that natural play that kids engage in. (Hint: That crazy natural play kids do is actually part of healthy brain development!)

🙂 A great item for teachers, camp counselors and babysitters as well as moms and dads! Never hear “I’m bored” again! 🙂

Snag your copy today to get over 1,000 more fun play ideas! AMAZING VALUE!!! Only $2.99!!

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About the Book

Ever been unable to think of a single fun thing to help your child solve their boredom blues?

You know there’s a TON of fun stuff to do but you still can’t think of a single boredom buster to save your life. You go online and search for ideas but the crafts that are too complicated or require supplies you don’t have, and the games are for older kids or you need more people… You’re starting to feel worse and worse by the minute, you’re kids are turning into droopy unhappy beings, and you wish you had an instant, easy, cost-effective solution to bust their boredom blues on the spot.

Problem solved. 1,001 Boredom Busting Play Ideas will cure your children’s boredom blues no matter what their age, their interests or where they are (in the car, at the lake, in the rain, inside, outside, upside down). With over 1,000 play ideas, games, crafts, and family fun activities, there’s a guaranteed boredom buster for everyone.

Whether you have toddlers, preschoolers, or school-aged kids in your care, this book has something for all ages and all interests. Parents, teachers, camp counselors, babysitters, and grandparents will find everything from classic games from their youth, to tricky challenges, to group games, to quiet activities, to arts & crafts, to family day trip ideas… and more! Check it out:

+ 15 Varieties of the childhood classic game Tag
+ 101 tricky challenges for kids
+ 36 Travel games plus 24 more word games that can be played in the car
+ Arts and crafts (and holiday crafts, too)
+ Classic games such as Hot Potato & Red Rover
+ Outside play ideas
+ Playground games
+ Imagination play ideas
+ Birthday party games
+ Easy arts and crafts for all ages
+ Improv games
+ Family day trip ideas
+ Group games
+ Rainy day activities
+ 14 games to help your kids decide who gets to be “it”
+ And more play, play, play!

Now includes 26 BONUS activities for a grand total of 1,027 activities to keep your kids happy, and playing.

Have your most playful day ever and cure your boredom blues!

The brain learns by playing and play is children’s work. Build smart, happy, healthy children… let’s play!


Try it Out!

Coin Catching à la Elbow!
Put your right hand on your right shoulder. Point your elbow out in front of you. Lay a penny on the flat part of your arm just above your elbow. Without moving your arm, turn your hand so the palm of your hand is facing up. Very quickly move your elbow down and try to catch the penny with your right hand as it falls.

The record for caught pennies when I was a kid was a stack of 14. How many can you catch?

Sponge Tag
Take your water fights and tag game to an all new hot-weather level of fun!

The “it” player has several sponges soaked with water. To tag other players, they have to hit them with a wet sponge! You might want a lot of sponges as I see this version morphing into a free-for-all water fight!


Get the Book!

Snag your copy today to get over 1,000 more fun play ideas! AMAZING VALUE!!! Only $2.99!!

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This book isn’t available in paperback yet, but you can gift the ebook to friends and family using online bookstore gifting features–you only need the receiver’s email address! And they only need a smart phone, tablet, computer, or ereader to read this book!


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