20 Educational Boredom Busters

Printable Snack Checkers & Tic Tac Toe

Summertime is just around the corner, and summer break is already in session for some students. That means those inevitable cries of “Mom, I’m bored!” are also just around the corner! It doesn’t seem to matter how many fun family activities are packed into our schedules, downtime at home often results in the need for summer boredom busters. Luckily, I’ve got you covered with this list of 20 ideas that are SO much fun, kids won’t even realize that they’re also educational!

Most of these activities are appropriate for preschool through early elementary age children, and many can also be adapted to fit your child’s age and skill level. Join in the fun, play with your child, feed their imagination (and yours, too!), and build fun family memories together!


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Even snack time can be educational when it’s filled with brain-boosting strategy games like checkers and tic tac toe!

Snack Time Checkers Printable Game Board

My boys love these Cheddar Sandwich Crackers by Horizon (the peanut butter version is yummy, too!), and since we always have them on-hand, I sized the checkerboard to fit them perfectly. To distinguish between the two teams, I used a red food coloring marker to draw hearts on half of the crackers. Easy peasy!

Snack Time Tic Tac Toe Printable Game

My four-year-old wanted to play a snack time game, but he’s not terribly interested in checkers yet, so I made him a tic tac toe board. We played the game with Horizon’s Honey & Chocolate Snack Grahams (MY favorite snack these days!), and we had fun changing up our game pieces each round – first we’d play shape vs. shape, then flavor vs. flavor, etc.  SO much fun!

Summer is an ideal time to participate in new educational memory making activities with your children, so I hope that this list will help inspire your summer creativity!

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