All of the above happens very often in my family of seven members. I can remember endless hours of sighs and complaints while we waited unhappily for family members to return to the car from stores, or the youngest child to finally stop throwing a fit. And through all the years, I've needed to come up with endless things to entertain myself during these times of what would normally be boredom.
1. Take Random Pictures.
If you're like me, you will probably have your camera handy (itouch and phones work too). Start snapping some random pictures of your surroundings. You never know what interesting photos you can come up with!
2. Make a bracelet.
I usually have some floss or hemp stuffed away in my pocket incase I ever get bored and need something to do. It's come in handy plenty of times and never gets in the way when I'm not using it.
3. Study designs and color schemes.
When I'm bored, I often find myself studying designs; chairs, carpet, wood, jeans, teeshirts, jewelry--everything. I then go on to realize the colors of things. I find colors and patterns that go good with each other. Oddly enough, this can be very entertaining.
4. Weave Grass Together.
I know, I know, you are probably thinking that I've got to be the weirdest person on earth to actually go as far as weave pieces of grass together--but I was really tired and was trying to keep myself awake while being extremely bored. And it was actually kind of fun. So yes--if it ever comes down to it, you can always weave pieces of grass together.
5. If all else fails--play the metal on the vents.
Okay, now you're not just thinking it--you know it. I'm crazy. I know. But when you're bored, you really have to rack your brain for things to do. Unfortunately for me, there happened to be a vent there which played three different distinct notes if you plucked the bars. So I began plucking them. Eventually my sister came out of the bathroom. And dad had taken a video. I'm really very smart sometimes.
Now you'll never be bored again. You may thank me later.