During this season of boredom and school, it’s important to create some fun once in a while! These four activities will make an attempt to instill some inspiration.
#1: Mentos and Diet Coke With a Twist (Please do not attempt at home)
We’ll start out the boredom-busting with this simple yet magnificent activity.
Step 1: Purchase a roll of Mentos and a three-hundred-and-thirty-five-milliliter can of Diet Coke. If your sugar-consumption-sensitive mother asks you why you need it, explain the educational values of this “experiment.” Feel free to incorporate confusing terms such as “nucleation” and then launch into lengthy descriptions of electrons, photons, and neutrons.
Step 2: Once you’ve politely convinced your mother that this experiment is necessary to complete your education, unwrap the Mentos and clench four between your teeth. Carefully open the Diet Coke, reminding yourself that you’re a big kid now and that big kids don’t spill.
Step 3: Drop the Mentos into the Coke and immediately put your mouth over the opening. For best results, set your jaw and clench your teeth.
Step 4: Plug your nose. This step is very important. Beware.
With luck, the experiment should behave itself beautifully, filling you with happy sensations and enough sugar to keep you awake for half the night.
#2: Building a Go-Kart
Moving on, we have an activity that will require slightly more physical exertion and time, but the result will be worth the toil.
Step 1: Find wheels. Without wheels, your go-kart won’t go anywhere. Repeat Newton’s laws of motion to motivate yourself as you prepare for the task of sifting through hundred-foot-high piles at your local junkyard. If you’d rather not get your hands dirty, you can always swipe the wheels from your little siblings’ bikes. Explain gently that they will be used for good purposes, pat them on the head, and bring the wheels to your workspace.
Step 2: Wood is another necessity. As with wheels, you may have some difficulty finding enough to suit your purposes. Never fear, the hundred-year-old oak in the front yard will give you more than enough. Chop it down, trim the branches off, and split the heartwood into boards. Easier done than said!
Step 3: You’ll need materials to hold it together. If you have nails or screws, congratulations, you can skip this step! If you don’t, start scrounging. Basements are a good place to start looking. Rubber bands, bungee cords, rope, duct tape, and, of course, super glue all work well.
Step 4: Assemble your go-kart. If you’d like, you may look up “Go-Kart Directions” on Pinterest or Google, but where’s the fun in that? You learn by living, as the saying goes. It shouldn’t be too hard; keep pounding nails and/or drowning your creation in super glue, and all will go well!
Step 5: Before you test it out, stand back and admire your work. After patting yourself on the back for your accomplishment, bring it to the highest hill you can find. Once you’ve made sure there are no cars, people, or objects in the way, strap the nearest sibling into the cockpit as a test subject and cram three or four pillows in. Give a snappy salute and shove the go-kart down the hill. It will almost certainly work wonderfully, and you’ll have plenty of fun with it.
After you’ve shot down the hill a good seventy-four times, lovingly park your go-kart on the driveway and get ready for the next activity.
#3: Succulent Farming
Step 1: Tell your mother that you’ve decided to enter a career in interior design and would like to grow a plant. If your mother is like most mothers, she should squeal with delight at your responsibility in planning for the future and immediately drive you to the nearest plant nursery.
Step 2: Pick a nice large succulent. Everyone loves succulents, so once you decide to multiply this plant into a full-scale succulent farm, you’ve got a good start.
Step 3: Name your plant. If you personalize it, you’ll be much more motivated to take care of it. Exquisite names give it character, so don’t shy away from names like Gwendolyn and Dmitri. Talk to it daily and form a strong relationship with it.
Step 4: Silently thank your second-grade teacher for enlightening you to the fact that all plants need light and H2O. Water it every day, because the more water it gets, the more it will want to grow! Place it in the sunniest window you can find and watch it flourish. With luck, it will grow to a ripe old age.
Now that your succulent farm is underway, head back outside. Most of us have spent more time inside lately than we’d care to admit. Fortunately, those days are over!
Step 1: Look up pictures of David Livingstone, Lewis and Clark, and Magellan to get a read on what real explorers look like. Mentally prepare yourself by chanting, “I’m an EXPLORER. I’m an EXPLORER.”
Step 2: Once you’ve finished filling your mind with adventurous thoughts, grab your backpack out of the closet and begin filling it with whatever you think you’ll need to survive. Water is a necessity, along with granola bars and a good book in case you get trapped in a rocky ravine with no way out.
Step 3: Find a walking stick and buy a panama hat. These aren’t necessary, but they sure do complete the look!
Step 4: Strike out on your adventure belting “Into the Unknown” at the top of your lungs. If people stare in shock, let them stare. Hold your head high and purposefully strut down the road. If you live in the country, your neighbor’s corn field is a great place to start. If you live in the city, however, start walking down the sidewalk and look for vegetation. You’ll get to a rainforest eventually!
If you get lost, fear not! Repeat Luke 19:10 to yourself and breathe a couple silent prayers, and you’ll be absolutely fine! “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
You can say good-bye to the boring parts of your life. Once you’ve gotten tired of the four activities here, move on to something else! The possibilities are boundless.
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