Introduction: Anti-Boredom Pocket Kit

This Instructable will show you how to put together a pocket size kit that will save you from the boredom of any potentially snoozing situation, for example Doctor office waiting rooms, Long concert lines, Bad dates, Most church services and the list goes on and on.

Step 1: Gather the Goods!

What I put in my Anti-Boredom kit may be different then what you would put. Here's what I gathered for mine (my kids helped).

The tin is an Altoids tin that I painted Black.


-Tiny deck of cards
-Small vial of touchable bubbles
-Two tubes of plastic bubbles
-Tiny colored pencils
-Note pad
-String for cats cradle
-Quarter to vend treats (a dollar fits nicely too for bigger treats)
-Balloon (for playing don't touch the ground or keep away)

Other ideas: Tiny harmonica, Fortune telling fish, Small sand timer for timing word games or how long you can hold your breath, Small deck of fortune telling cards (I saw some on ebay), Stickers, Small stencils and markers (sharpie makes a nice little marker that fits perfectly)

I bought all the things in my fun kit at local craft stores and party supply stores. They weren't hard to find. The note pad I made from paper and a staple gun.

Step 2: Nice and Tight Now!

I used small hair rubber bands to wrap and consolidate all the small items. I banded the pencils together, the balloons, the cats cradle string and the deck of cards.

Step 3: Pack It In!

Now pack it in!

Step 4: Close Up Shop

I used a nice thick rubber band to secure my kit and its contents.

Now just stick it in your pocket and move happy and confident knowing you take the fun with you where ever you go! Good Luck!


IaraO made it!(author)2016-11-25

what is that knob? is it paint??

EM8 made it!(author)2015-04-18

I made mine! It isn't actually in a container but oh well. It contains:

Pokemon Card Deck (1 of each type)

Pokemon Card Supporter Deck (Item, Trainer, and Stadium)

MP3 Player


Mini Cat Plush


Panda Stressball

Mini Gecko


Smiley Eraser


Foreign Coins (My mom gave them to me from her trip to England)

Basic Makeover Set (It's just purple nail polish and lip gloss.)

I even made a little booklet.

pikagirl8840 made it!(author)2015-01-07

awesome when I make one of these I will NEVER EVER BE BORED XD YAY

mulesaremylife made it!(author)2014-05-06

because i need to ay attention!

mulesaremylife made it!(author)2014-04-05

Looks fun!! I won't need it for church though. Maybe for car rides.

brettlefty made it!(author)2014-04-28

Why not for church?

CSI+worker made it!(author)2014-02-03

NICE!!!!!! Great idea!

Halphinian made it!(author)2013-10-28

where'd you get the tiny cards?

Grey_Wolfe made it!(author)2013-05-18

I was thinking 5 or 6 micro dice (the little 5mm dice you can get at game stores), for games like Ziltch or Yatzee, would fit quite nicely.

The+Kiddy+Rookie made it!(author)2012-10-03

i am going to make one too and i will add a little bit of things more.

B_randon made it!(author)2012-07-14

Amazing idea!!!!

TheCraftyperson made it!(author)2012-07-08

This is awesome! Great for traveling with.

popstar225 made it!(author)2012-06-18

This was sooo cool! Luv it!! I also made a mini bueaty kit with mini lipgloss, mini eye shadow hair bands a mirror and elastic hair bands

weibbed made it!(author)2011-02-03

Add a couple of rubber bands to the tin, and you can put them around the open tin and "pluck" them for "music" . Try with different widths to see what different sounds they make.
You could add a mini wax tablet----buy a full size one at the dollar store and cut it down to make a bunch for a whole lot of tins. The dollar store also has those little maze toys where you move a BB around and I think they would be fun in a travel kit. They are usually found in the party aisle.

Or take advantage of the tins being metal and make small magnetic faces, the kind where you move iron filings around to create hair/beard/mustaches. I haven't tried to make one, but imagine that you could draw a face on the bottom of the tin and use a shallow piece of molded plastic packaging glued to the bottom of the tin with filings in it. The hard part would be finding the filings. Then use a magnet glued to a golf pencil to move the filings around. The golf pencil could double as a pencil! or as the stylus on the wax tablet. Maybe easier would be to draw the outline of a face and use magnetic business cards to make Mr. Potato Head -style face components.

Use magnetic business cards to make a tiny set of dominoes and play on the outside of the lid. Or make tiny magnetic poetry.

Paper dolls glued to magnets can be moved around the inside of the lid by using a magnet on the outside of the lid, so you can make them "dance" or "skate". You could also make a pop-up, fold-out dollhouse if you were insane enough to spend that kind of time designing one, which I probably am.

a480641 made it!(author)2012-04-02

there are surprising ways to get iron filings.
tape a bar magnet to a pencil and move it around in some crushed ceral
file a non rusted iron bar.
buy some iron filings.(yes, some stores sell them.)

porcupinemamma made it!(author)2011-02-03

Threadbare you sound like a cool happenin' mom! weibbed- It's easy to see why you are part of the community. You are very creative. cool ideas

cgilbert8 made it!(author)2011-10-18

I always have some sort of goodies in my purse to keep me from getting bored. And my smart phone is the best thing ever. I have so many games on there that I am good - until the battery goes out. Usually in my purse I have at least one Star Wars related item (action figure, coins, etc) and an assortment of puzzle books, crayons, maybe a balloon. It changes periodically

eneves made it!(author)2011-10-09

What I did, is I used a handbag, and in it I put a toy car, a bunch of crayons and folded up paper, a chinese finger trap, mini cards, a bouncy ball, a small book, some string and beads, a homemade mini beauty kit (lip gloss, nail polish, chapstick, small jewlry, and small prefume bottle), some money, and a small snack. It works great for vacations!

sapphireonyx100 made it!(author)2010-07-07

I normally don't have any pockets.I can't think of a way to add straps. Any ideas for how to easily and conveniently carry it around? I don't have an Altoids tin-I live in Japan. I used a Choco-Aid tin.

ddoomed made it!(author)2011-09-11

id add a little stretch strap and wear it as a bracelet or arm band :3

thedubbedmime made it!(author)2011-06-20

sure! find a small thin piece of metal and fold it in half (like a small metal ruler or even a paperclip will do). then use crazy glue or epoxy to glue it to the bottom. then just clip it on. ta-da!

Puzzledd made it!(author)2010-10-15

When my son was little and he wore clothes without pockets, I made a pouch out of felt (I think- or maybe an old, clean sock with a picture on it- cut off the foot and sew closed again)- then put on a piece of elastic to go around his waist - he could wear this "waist pocket" with any outfit.

bubbalubba made it!(author)2011-02-03

Nice idea.
Won't need it though, in our Apostolic Pentecostal churches in the U.S. Unfortunately many Church Services ARE boring. I think that's why the Pilgrims left the UK.

threadbare made it!(author)2011-02-08

Pentecostals know how to do it right! I'm Mormon and we're a quiet people when it comes time to worship. Our church hymns can drag on and on so I'm pack'n an Anti-Boredom kit for sure.

bubbalubba made it!(author)2011-02-08

lol, Many other places I could use this for. I like your product. Where to get the tiny deck of cards?

sigma_shox made it!(author)2011-08-21

some 99c stores have them, or in packs of cheap christmas crackers/

bubbalubba made it!(author)2011-08-21

Thank you.

Phr33kRAWR made it!(author)2009-07-23

I love this. To me, no Nintendo DS or mobile phone can beat string and bubbles. Good clean old fashioned fun!

klingonprins made it!(author)2009-07-29

what exactly does a ds do? is it a phone or a tablet pc or what?

iheartkiba13 made it!(author)2009-07-30

a ds is a dual-screen gaming console. It's almost like a tablet, but you can't paint on there. They're at stores like Walmart and GameStop

Phr33kRAWR made it!(author)2009-07-30

Actually I think the DS does come with a paint function. One of those little add-on things? And just for further confirmation: a DS is basically a new-generation gameboy.

Jimpiedepimpie made it!(author)2009-08-24

You can draw in pictochat >.< But that will EAT batteries

krhone made it!(author)2011-06-19

if you have a dsi xl you can draw on flipnote but it only has red black and blue but if you change the color of the paper to black it replaces the black color with white.

mr.rush32 made it!(author)2009-08-02

No it doesn't I have one, but it might on the dsi.

blubbersmith made it!(author)2009-08-09

what about picto chat

mr.rush32 made it!(author)2009-08-10

Well, I guess you can say it sort of does on picto-chat but it's not exactly painting there's no colors and it's not called painting.

Phr33kRAWR made it!(author)2009-08-10

You're right, since I wrote that I remembered that it's the iPhone that's got paint, not the DS. Sorry hahahah

klingonprins made it!(author)2009-09-07

ok. sorry. my somewhat amish parents keep me away from anything fun.

fire_drakon117 made it!(author)2009-12-23

that sucks

blubbersmith made it!(author)2009-09-08

i remember (when i still used my ds) i found how to change colours. illtry to find out

mason0190 made it!(author)2009-11-28

well you can draw in pictochat on a like 1X3" canvas with 2 brush sizes and only one colour...

paracord+junky made it!(author)2011-06-06

You need to add a purple pencil and another quarter(can't get anything for 0.25 anymore). other than that it looks good

rcsinc made it!(author)2011-04-14

what about a flash drive?

threadbare made it!(author)2011-04-14

Great idea.

kaheidt made it!(author)2011-02-03

My anti-boredom kit consists of the following:
One (1) Droid-X
One (1) Toothpick (because whatever the Droid can't do, this probably can)

A+flyin+muffin made it!(author)2011-02-24

Just add a match and your kit is complete!

mattbomb made it!(author)2010-07-13

whats cats cradle. and how do you play it

threadbare made it!(author)2010-07-13

Cats cradle is a finger string game. It is difficult to just tell someone how to play. I did look up this website and it shows it pretty clearly. There are hundreds and hundreds of different string formations you can make. ...

kkarn made it!(author)2011-02-04

Did you know Cat's cradle type string games are almost universal? From the Aleuts to Africa to Japan people have played with string for centuries. Japan has some awesome figures to make. If you look up cats cradle on you tube there are some pretty good videos of people making cool string figures.

I've read somewhere that Anthropologists used cats cradle to break the ice with their subjects in places like Torres Strait and Sub Saharan Africa.

threadbare made it!(author)2011-02-08

I did know that actually. I study textiles and actually bought a book on the Anthropology of it. When I first saw the book I thought it was just going to tell the different formations you can make but it was about the actual historical Anthropology of it. It blew my mind. Something I had played when I was little had this whole cool history behind it.

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