20 Fun Things for Older Kids to Do When They’re Bored

“Mom, I’m bored.” If you’ve heard these words a lot more recently due to lockdowns, remote learning, and canceled activities, you’re not alone. However, coming up with things to do when kids are bored, especially older ones, can be challenging. While it’s easy to hand them the nearest device or tell them to watch something on the television, it’s better for them to be off their screens.

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Great Gifts That Start With Books

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Author Neil Gaiman once said, “Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. And it’s much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world!” We agree.

Discover how to create great gifts that start with books. Learn our top ten reasons books make great gifts. And find out how you can spread holiday joy with our Penguin Random House Buy One, Give One book donation partnership.

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How Many Hours of Sleep do Kids Need and Why?

Just like adults, children need their zzzs, although how many hours of sleep kids need depends on their age. Multiple studies have shown that sleep is as vital as exercise and nutrition. Kids who get enough sleep have better memory, concentration, and behavior. They have more energy and do better at school. Getting the right amount of sleep also has a positive impact on mental and physical health and mood.

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Alternative Halloween Fun: How to Trick-or-Treat at Home

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It is no trick that this year’s Halloween will be a lot different than before and more families are wondering how to trick-or-treat at home. Due to the pandemic, the CDC says participating in traditional trick-or-treating or trunk-or-treating is considered a high risk activity for spreading the virus. As a mom, it can be hard to tell your kids they will not be going door to door this year.

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Easy Halloween Costumes (For Individuals, Groups or Families!)

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Halloween is coming soon, and it feels like this year more than ever we could all use a chance to escape reality a bit, right? With that in mind, here are a few simple Halloween costumes you can easily put together to celebrate in style. Some are easy Halloween costume options for individuals, some are simple couple costumes, and some are for groups/families! (Oh, and if DIY isn’t for you when it comes to costumes, we have lots of great options for both kids and adults available right here on our Zulily site.)

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Mom-Teacher-Boss: Help & Hacks for Busy Days

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Whether the kids are back at school or learning online, it’s already been a heck of a 2020. The only constant seems to be that things keep changing. We’re here, Mom-Teacher-Boss, with some time-for-you tips and reasons why they’re great for everyone in the family.

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American Girl Dolls: Four Ways to Inspire Creative Play

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What does your darling dream of becoming? Musician or medic? Actress or archeologist? More than ever, children need toys for creative play. A great doll serves as a reliable friend when playdates aren’t possible and encourages role-playing to build a child’s understanding of themself and their world. Inspired by American Girl, here are four fun activities your child can enjoy with their doll.  

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Online School or Classroom Learning: Make the First Day Special

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After a summer like no other, it’s time for school again. Whether it’s online school or classroom learning, you can make their first day positive and special. From creating a vision board to capturing this one-of-a-kind year in photos, we’ve got tips and ideas for you.

Instagrammers: Read on for details on how to enter Zulily’s #firstdaynewway Instagram contest, and then enter for a chance to win a Grand Prize valued at over $1,400 (including a new laptop)!

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