Games to Play at Home When You Are Bored

By Amma Marfo
Any game can help cure boredom

Unfortunately there are those times when you are sitting around at home and you just feel bored. When watching TV or reading books does not sound appealing, there are games to play to fill the time. Whether you are home alone or someone else is with you, there is always something to do. The best cure for boredom is to get up and do something either physical or mental to relax you and take your mind off of feeling bored.

Solitary Games

About the only thing worse than being bored at home is being bored alone. Some simple games can be played such as card games like Solitare, which can be done with a traditional deck or on the computer. You can also try to complete a challenging jigsaw puzzle. For mind-testing games try puzzles such as crosswords, word jumbles, or Sudoku. If you have a video game system at your disposal, you can also play video games such as Sims, Tetris, or one-player optional games which can be anything from MarioKart to one-person shooter games. If you don't mind surfing the internet there are several sites to aid in getting rid of boredom, such as bored.com (which offer various games online) or boredusa.com (which allows you to watch funny videos). Other websites, like Hulu.com, offer anything from television episodes to entire movies for free. For a more active person, often boredom can be avoided by practicing basketball, going cycling, or putting golf balls in the backyard.

Multi-Player Games

If you are one of a group of people or the parent of bored children, then there are more activity opportunities available to tackle boredom. The easiest way to battle boredom is to break out the board games. Classics such as Monopoly, Scrabble and Jenga can beat the boredom as well as chess and checkers. Depending on the group, a game of twister or hide and seek can be an option. Consider having an impromptu dance party in your living room to quickly liven things up. To take the group outdoors, try crochet, badminton, volleyball or a scavenger hunt. If you have a swimming pool at your disposal, rating dives or playing different pool games such as Marco Polo or over/under can pass the time.

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