Okay, you’ve got a choice.
You can annoy your teacher and classmates because you’re bored and you want to be the center of attention all the time. You can annoy the guys / girls in your class and get them mad at you.
Or, you can do something fun and entertaining that’s not annoying.
These 21+ fun things to do when bored in class can be done pretty quietly without distracting people.
What to Do When Bored in Class
Things to do when bored in class:
- Make a chatterbox.
- Design my dream home.
- Write a Haiku.
- Design a tattoo.
- Write a song.
- Try to draw a perfect circle.
- Create a new signature for myself.
Here is the full list below!
1. Make a Chaterbox
You might know this game as the “origami paper game”, “paper fortune teller”, “cootie catcher” or “salt shaker”.
The origami finger game requires a square sheet of paper and a little bit of dexterity!
This is the game where you create a toy out of paper that you can use to quiz your friends on their fortune.
Here’s the process for making this toy:
- Get a square piece of paper. Fold it in half diagonally. Then, unfold it so there’s a diagonal crease down the middle.
- Do the same again on the opposite diagonal so there are two diagonal creases criss-crossing each other.
- Now fold the piece in half again horizontally and vertically, then unfold it. At this stage there should be four creases that look like a star, where each crease crosses perfectly through the middle of the piece of paper.
- Now, fold all four edges into the middle. Each of the four edges should touch the middle point of the page.
- Your piece will look like a small square once all the edges are folded in. Fold that square in half, then half again.
- Undo step 5. The point here was to create more creases.
- Now place the paper on the table so that the clean side faces up.
- We’re going to repeat Step 4 here to once again fold each edge into the middle.
- This last bit’s real complicated! You’re going to make the square you’ve created three dimensional. Without doing any more clean folds, get each edge and make them touch. To do this, you have to press in the diagonal creases.
- You’ll find that you can then flip out the outside paper edges and slip your fingers into them. Slip your index finger and thumb of each hand into one side each.
- That’s it! Now you can open and close your salt shaker with your thumbs and fingers.
That’s clearly quite a confusing process, so I recommend watching the video above that demonstrates how to make it.
If you’re in class, make sure you stick it on silent!
Once you’ve made your salt shaker, you can write a color on each of the four edges of the salt shaker.
Under each flap, write a message such as:
- “You’re going to have 15 babies and live in a mansion made of sandstone.”
- “You’re going to get married to Katie and live under an underpass.”
- “You are going to move to Australia when you’re 21 and get married to a Crocodile Hunter.”
Or, anything you want really…
When playing the game:
- Ask your friend to pick a number.
- Open and close the salt shaker that number of times.
- Get your friend to choose a colour.
- Open the flap under the colour to tell them their fortune.
2. Write a Fold-Over Story
Here’s an activity you can do with the people sitting next to you to pass some time. All you need is a piece of paper and a pen.
The goal of this activity is to create a funny story that will turn out a little bizarre!
Each person is going to write one line of the story, but they’re not going to know what the other people wrote! This will mean the story might turn out hilarious – it might be a story about:
- A Princess in the Future doing Yoga in Antarctica. Or,
- Little Bo Peep driving a car off a cliff in Mars because she couldn’t find her sunglasses.
The story is supposed to be stupid, but it can be funny to see what people come up with!
How to Write your Fold-Over Story
- Get a blank piece of paper.
- Turn the piece of paper into 6 columns. Write down on the left-hand side of each column the words: Who, What, When, Where, How and Why.
- The first person writes the ‘Who’ part. That’ll be just one phrase saying who this story will be about. They might say “Darth Vader”
- Before you pass the piece of paper on to the next person, fold over their first row so that no one can see ‘who’ the story is about until the big reveal.
- The next person writes the ‘what’ part of the story. Remember, they don’t know what the first person wrote. So for ‘what; they might write “A pink Lamborghini”. Darth Vader in a Pink Lamborghini? Why not…
- Of course, the next person needs to fold over the ‘what’ part so the third person writing the ‘When part can’t see how the story’s going.
- Keep passing the story along until it’s complete.
After everyone’s written a line, open up the piece of paper and read out your whacky story together!
3. Draw a Fold-Over Person
The fold-over story idea works for pictures as well.
The most common way of doing this is to draw a picture of a person.
Split the piece of paper into four rows for this one:
The first person draws the head, folds over the image, and the next person draws the torso without seeing the head. The next person gets the legs and tries to come up with some creative legs before passing on to the person who draws the feet – all without seeing what the last person drew!
You could end up with an old lady’s face, a big fat torso, long skinny legs and maybe webbed duck feet!
Try it out and see what hilarious results you get.
Tip: Make sure you provide little marks at each fold to show where the neck, hips and ankles start and end so that each person can connect them up.
4. Create an Origami Ninja Star
I know a chatterbox is a little girly, so why not create an Origami Ninja Star instead?
Here’s the process:
- Start with two square pieces of paper. Put one aside until Step 9.x`
- Fold one piece in half from the square edges (not diagonally)
- Fold the edges from both sides in along the long edge. Your folds should meet in the middle.
- Then fold it in completely in half along the long edge. At this point you should have one long strip of paper folded over several times so it’s four times as long as it is wide.
- Fold the paper in half along the short edge, then unfold it.
- Because of Step 5, you should have a diagonal crease. You’re now going to want to make the paper into an ‘L’ shape. The edge of the ‘L’ begins at the crease. So, diagonally fold one half of the piece of paper so that the new fold is flush with the crease. The paper should now look like an ‘L’ shape.
- Repeat Step 6 with the other half of your piece of paper. Now it’ll look a bit more like a Z than an L.
- Get the two square edges of the Z shaped paper and fold the over diagonally.
- Repeat Steps 2 – 8 for the 2nd piece of paper.
- Interlink your two pieces of paper in the middle so they criss-cross one another. It’ll look a bit like a Swastika (Nazi sign) at this point.
- Then, to keep the two pieces stuck together, you can fold the far pointy edge of each piece diagonally. You’ll notice that the tip of each piece fits perfectly into a diagonal crease in the opposite piece of paper.
- Once all four of the pieces are folded in, it’ll look like a Ninja Star!
Look, personally I find Origami really hard to make purely from reading instructions. You’ve really got to watch a video.
I embedded a nice clear one at the top of this section. Make sure you mute the video if you’re in class right now!
5. Create a New Signature for Yourself
Tired of ideas that involve folding paper?
Okay, okay … how about some creative drawing, then?
I’d put any money on the fact that most people developed their signature when bored in class. It’s really the perfect time to have a play around and find a signature they like the look of.
Here’s some tips for making a signature:
- The first letter of each name in your signature needs to be big and sweeping. It gives your signature a sense of importance and grandeur.
- The other parts of the piece that can be big and sweeping are the bottom loops for letters like ‘g’, ‘y’ and ‘j’.
- The signature needs to flow. To ensure it flows, write it in cursive. You don’t want to need to pause at any point. A signature should be done with the flick of a wrist.
- Ensure it’s neat. It doesn’t have to be intricate because it should be easily doable through muscle memory eventually. But, don’t create scribbles through your name for the sake of it! I recommend big sweeping first letters followed by flowing cursive for the rest of the piece.
- Add embellishments like well designed, slightly diagonal crosses for your Ts and special features of the dots above your ‘i’.
6. Teach yourself Calligraphy
After you’ve made yourself a signature, why not go the next step and teach yourself calligraphy?
I love the above video which gives a really good summary of how to get started with calligraphy.
The video explains some of the key tips for writing really cool handwriting. For example, Natalie shows:
The basic elements of calligraphy:
- Upward strokes should have light pressure and be thin
- Downward strokes should have heavy pressure and be thick
Then, she shows that you should try to focus on letter spacing. Bring letters closer together or spread them out to change up how your letters look.
She also highlights that adding swirls at the end of words or underneath words gives them dramatic effect.
As a starter, you don’t need super fancy tools.
Have a look in your pencil case and see if you have any:
- Pens or markers that make thicker and thinner marks when you change pressure;
- A range of pens with thin and thick tips.
Experiment with different types of pens you have to see what effects they make.
Next, practice your lettering. Experiment with different types and sizes of loops to see which ones suit your style!
I recommend jumping onto #Studygram on Instagram to check out different styles and try one out that suits you.
You can also download calligraphy stencils to play around with the different styles that are out there. This is really useful for modelling it to start off.
7. Draw Superman S’s
A really cool and fun drawing activity is drawing logos.
One of my favorites to practice is the Superman S. Another good one is the Batman logo.
For the Superman Logo you start with a Diamond shape. So have a go at drawing a diamond that’s as symmetrical as possible.
The fun thing about filling-in the inside of the superman logo is that it’ll end up looking like an S, but you never actually write a letter.
Instead, you draw a bunch of shapes that strategically create an S shape when placed in the right spots.
It’s really hard to get this S right, so I recommend you follow the steps that the person in the video above follows.
Try to place the shapes he draws inside the S as close to the way he places them. Focus on exactly how high he places the pen and the proportions of each internal shape in relation to the diamond on the outside.
Practice over and over again until you get it right.
Before you know it, class will be over (or the teacher will come up with a new lesson for you!)
8. Draw a Perfect Circle
I was told once that only people who are clinically insane can draw perfect circles.
According to this website, there’s a few reasons why you can’t draw a perfect circle. It has to do with the fact that our wrists, elbows and shoulders can’t coordinate themselves well enough.
We seem to prefer to move in short jolts rather than long, flowing movements around a central point.
So, it feels like it’s impossible to actually draw a circle where every single point of the circle is exactly the same distance from the middle. Our bodies are just not designed to do it.
But, there’s some tricks.
This video shows a world circle drawing champion (yes, there’s such a thing) showing his class his skills in drawing a circle. His trick is to use his shoulder as the central point and spin his arm around quite fast on a chalkboard.
For another method, the video embedded at the top of this section shows how you can spin the paper under your pen. In this way, you don’t move your hand but your paper.
You can use your knuckle or finger as the central point that you can spin around to create the circle.
Why not compete against the person next to you to see who can draw the most perfect circle?
9. Write a Great Novel
Not much of a drawer?
How about you try your hand at writing a story instead.
Think you’re too young to write a novel?
Well, check out this list of children and teenagers who have published novels. You can’t make up any excuses anymore, can you!
Here’s a few things to think about when planning a story:
- What genre is it? Will it be an adventure story, fantasy, horror story, or romance story?
- Will your book be set in the past, present or future?
- Where will your book be set? The city, country, suburbs, in a castle, in a school, or somewhere else?
- What is the name of your main character?
- What challenge will the main character need to overcome? Will they need to save the world from a bad guy, learn a lesson, go on a quest, develop a skill, or something else?
- Who are the main character’s friends, family or colleagues and what part will they play in the story?
- How many chapters will there be, and what will happen in each chapter?
You might want to turn to the back of a workbook that has lots of space so you can work on your amazing novel every time you’re bored in class.
If you’re interested in writing, you can also have a go at joining a writing contest. Look them up on the internet or ask your teacher if they can sign you up for one! This could be a fun thing to do in class that your teacher might actually support you doing!
10. Play 5 Clicks to Jesus
This game might annoy your teacher a little, but not much. It’s quiet and fun and so long as you’re not being a pest you can probably get away with it.
This game is a Wikipedia competition you play against your friends (or yourself!)
The goal of this game is to get from a random page on Wikipedia to the ‘Jesus’ page in just 5 clicks.
Here’s how you play it:
- Find a Wikipedia page that’s as different as possible as the ‘Jesus’ page as possible. You want to make it really hard for the person to find any links that would lead to the Jesus page.
- Give the page to your friend and give them 5 chances to click through to the Jesus page.
- They can only click on a hyperlink within the webpage and the hyperlink must go to another Wikipedia page
You can take turns trying to beat one another, of it you’re really bored, just challenge yourself!
11. Create a Time Capsule
A time capsule is a container full of odd bits and pieces that you think would reveal people in the future interesting information about the present day.
They are usually waterproof containers that are buried in the ground, with a peg or marker over the top of them that shows when they were buried and when to dig them up – 20 years in the future? 30 years?
In fact, your teacher would probably be pretty impressed with this idea so maybe let them know you’re bored and suggest this as an activity for you to do when there’s nothing else going on.
So, have a think about the sorts of things you’d put in your time capsule.
Your time capsule objects should include:
- Things that represent the current year.
- Things that reveal something about you, your friends or your class.
- Things that people in the future would be interested in.
- Things that are small enough to fit into a waterproof container.
- Things that are affordable
Technology is usually a good thing to include because it ages really fast. Technology from the year 2000 probably looks so old fashioned to us now!
So here’s some things you might find in a time capsule from the year 2000:
- A CD of Britney Spears’ Oops I Did it Again…
- A Nokia 3310 Mobile Phone (with Snake installed, of course)
- A Groceries receipt (showing just how cheap everything was!)
- The front page of a newspaper announcing the opening of the Sydney Olympic Games
- A pristine Nintendo Gameboy (which would probably fetch a good price nowadays!)
- Your class photo.
What would you put in your time capsule? Create a list of 20 great object to put in a time capsule, then ask your teacher if you can start collecting them!
12. Create a Comic Strip
A comic strip is a series of cartoon photos that tell an entertaining or funny story.
Why not create a comic strip about your classmates?
Things to consider for your comic strip:
- Which classmates are going to be stars in your comic?
- What funny or adventurous shenanigans are the people in your comic strip going to get up to?
- How can you present a story in your comic strip in 10 images or less?
Brainstorm a few of your stories about your friends to put in your comic strip.
Then, go ahead and split a spare page in one of your books up into about 10 different squares one after the other. You can just create a grid on your page and draw arrows from one square to the next.
Then go ahead and draw your comic! Start with pencil, then you can color it in once you’re finished.
Think this is silly?
Well, it really kills time and is a good test of your ability to control your mind.
How much are you in control of your own thoughts?
So, this is actually a kind of fun activity to test your own control over your own mind. It’s a bit like pretending to be a Jedi!
Meditation has a few benefits like:
- Killing time
- Making you feel calm or even sleepy!
- Improving your ability to relax
- Improving your ability to focus
Give it a go and test yourself out!
Here’s how to Meditate:
- Close your eyes and try really really hard not to think. You can’t have any thoughts at all. Your mind has to be really clear.
- You’ll find that it’s really hard. In fact, even great meditators always get annoying thoughts slipping into their heads. So the minute a thought enters your head, you have to start again.
- Start Step 1 again once a thought enters your head. See if you can beat your last record and see how long you can go without a thought.
- Keep doing it until you have a totally clear mind for a whole 30 seconds!
Think you can do it?
14. Write a Funny Japanese Haiku Poem
Haiku is known as the world’s shortest poem. Haiku poems are just 3 lines long!
- The first line of a haiku poem is 5 lines long.
- The second line is 7 lines long.
- The third line is 5 lines long.
But make sure your poem follows a certain them. So select your theme.
Here’s a few theme ideas:
- A haiku poem about your favorite TV show
- A haiku poem about your friend
- A haiku poem about how bored you are in class!
- A haiku poem about what you’d rather be doing.
- A haiku poem about what’s happening around the classroom right now.
Here’s the Haiku poem from the video above to give you an idea:
- A beau-ti-ful day (5 syllables)
- Al-ways drives the pain a-way (7 syllables)
- That’s all I will say (5 syllables)
Have a go at a haiki poem about how bored you are and share it in the comments below!
15. Write a Song
Are haiku poems too easy for you?
That’s okay. Why not write a whole song instead.
What’s your favorite music genre? Do you like:
- Pop / Top 40
- Punk Rock
- Rap or Hip Hop
- Something else?
If you can’t choose a genre for your song, I recommend trying to write the most cliché country music song you possibly can.
Have you ever noticed how country music seems to follow the same themes? It’s usually something like:
- Driving a tractor
- Driving a truck
- Drinking whiskey
- Being lonely in a bar
- God and country
- Falling in love
- Running away and hitch hiking
- Drinking beer on the beach
Because country music is so cliché it can be fun to try to write a song that crams as many of these clichés into it as possible!
Popular songs usually follow the A-B-A-B rhyme scheme. This means that a verse will be 4 lines long. The first and third lines will rhyme, and the second and forth lines will rhyme.
Here’s an example of the A-B-A-B Rhyming scheme (from a Robert Frost Poem):
The people along the sand
All turn and look one way.
They turn their back on the land.
They look at the sea all day.
Have a go at writing a few verses of a song yourself. Points for being funny or including lines about your friends!
16. Design a Tattoo for Yourself
Okay, okay you might be a bit too young for a tattoo.
But maybe Henna tattoos are fine – they fade, right!?
If you could have any tattoo, what would it be? Would you want a beautiful tattoo on your arm, a phrase written on your ribs, or a manly tribal tattoo on your leg? Would you get a tattoo of your favorite superhero?
Have a play around on a piece of paper experimenting with what tattoo you’d get … you know, when you turn 35 and decide that yes, you’re finally old enough now to make the decision.
17. Clean out your Pencil Case or Backpack
When was the last time you looked inside your pencil case?
Is it a complete and utter mess?
If you’re bored in class, then now’s the time to get your house in order!
Get rid of all those pieces of pencil shavings that have been rolling around for weeks. While you’re at it, make sure all your pencils are sharpened and ready for use.
Now, how are you going to arrange it? Should you get all your pencils and color code them? Will you try to place the colored pencils in one section and all the pens in another section?
If you’ve got 5 minutes between activities and feeling bored, now’s the time to sort it out.
While you’re at it, what’s hanging around at the bottom of your backpack that needs cleaning out? Hopefully nothing smelly … and hopefully not something wet that will ruin all your books!
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18. Draw the Floor Plan for your Dream Home
One day you’ll want to buy a home. Or, maybe you’ll get a famous architect to build it for you!
Imagine you had enough money to build any house you want!
Where would your bedroom be in the house? How big will it be?
Will you get creative and place your bedroom in a special loft? Or have a pool that you can dive into by jumping out of your bedroom window?
Will there be a library room in there, or a home theater room? Will there be a fish tank embedded in the wall, or maybe a shark tank!? Will you have a secret room that you can only access by pulling a book in a bookshelf to open up a secret doorway?
What special things will you have in the kitchen? Will there be a bench floating in the middle of the kitchen? How big will the fridge be?
What will be in the backyard? Will you have a house for your dog? Or will you have exotic pets like flamingos running around outside? Will there be an enormous climbing tree with a treehouse at the top?
Design your dream home with a top-down floor plan picture like the one above!
19. Invent a new Emoji
Have you ever wanted to use a cool emoji but you couldn’t find the perfect one?
Now’s your chance to draw a really cool emoji.
Guess what? The first thing you’ll need to do to draw a cool emoji is to make a perfect circle. Luckily for you, you know how to draw a perfect circle because you learnt how to do this in Idea #8 in this post.
Now, what will you draw? Will it be a ‘cool’ emoji with sunglasses on like in the video above?
Or will it be angry, sad, disgusted or … you know a good idea? Draw a BORED emoji to represent how you feel right now!
Have a think about:
- What will the emoji’s mouth look like? Will its teeth be sticking out? Or will it have its mouth smiling up or down?
- What will its nose look like? Or maybe like the above emoji it’ll be missing a nose altogether!
- What will its eyes look like?
20. Come up with a Cool Band Name and Logo
If you could start a band, what would your band’s name be?
Here’s some band names to get your mind turning:
- Foo Fighters
- The Beatles
- One Direction
- The Rolling Stones
- Panic at the Disco
- 5 Seconds of Summer
- The Wiggles
- The Chipmunks
Come up with your band name.
Now you need to make up a logo for your band!
Here’s a great tutorial on creating band logos to get you thinking:
21. Draw Pug Unicorn
Well … just because. And because, you know, it’s fun!
I love the videos from Art for Kids Hub (below). They’re so much fun and the presenter is an awesome dude.
I recommend following along with him as he teaches you how to draw all kinds of things like:
- Cartoon Characters
- Fruit with Faces
Really, he’s got so many cool videos that you should browse through his archive and see which thing you want to draw!
Now, you’ve got so many cool videos that you can’t say you’re bored anymore!
There’s no such thing as a bored person – just a boring person! Don’t be boring … find something fun and cool to do! Sure, I know class is super boring. But with the above things to do when bored in class, you’ll be able to entertain yourself until … finally … that bell rings for you to go on home!
Dr. Chris Drew is the founder of the Helpful Professor. He holds a PhD in education and has published over 20 articles in scholarly journals. He is the former editor of the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education. [Image Descriptor: Photo of Chris]