When Nothing’s On TV

Jeffrey Rasche

TV boredom2 TSP 145845629 copyBored? Here are ten creative things to do when there’s nothing good on TV.


  1. Take your VCR remote control to church. When you’re bored with the sermon, point it at the preacher and press stop. For more fun, press Play, Pause, or Fast Forward. (jk!)
  2. Make Christmas cookies to give away. Instead of using red and green food coloring, use orange, black, purple and yellow. When you give the cookies to friends and neighbors, explain that you are still learning to cook but that the cookies should taste as good as red and green Christmas cookies.
  3. If math class gets boring, turn your calculator upside down and invent words using numbers (808 is BOB). If the teacher sends you to the office, talk with the other people there and together create the longest word you can make.
  4. If you and your friends have seen a movie 10,000 times, but the videotape isn’t worn out, try watching it with the volume turned off. Each of you play a different part and try to speak the dialogue so that it corresponds with the actors’ mouth movements.
  5. Get on an elevator. Ask a stranger, “Excuse me, but I’m afraid I’ve gotten lost. Which way is the fifth floor?” Other fun elevator tricks include the use of a whoopee cushion–but never mind; that’s probably more fun than you need to have.
  6. Draw stars on a map of the sky. Name the new stars in honor of your friends, sports heroes, and teachers (if you need a better grade). Write a letter telling them why they are special to you, and send them the happy news that they now have a star named for them.
  7. Bubble gum Ftr TSP 451174217Host a bubble-gum contest. Invite several friends to participate. Call the TV news stations, and ask them to cover the event. Tell them you are blowing bubbles because there is nothing good on TV. Include prizes for the largest bubbles, the longest-lasting bubble, the loudest-popping bubble, the most bubbles blown in thirty seconds.
  8. Go to the mall or grocery store with two or three friends. Try to accomplish as many acts of kindness as you can. Open doors for people who are carrying heavy packages. Compliment people on their clothes. Buy small toys and give them to children (be sure the toys are safe!).
  9. In your front yard spell out a happy message with Christmas tree lights so that people in planes can read them. Book a flight, and read your message on the way.
  10. Mail your TV program guide back to the newspaper. Write on the cover in black magic marker, “No Thanks! Having too much fun to watch TV!”



Don’t “wish your life away” when you’re bored. Read Ecclesiastes 11:9-10 (TEV):

“Young people, enjoy your youth. Be happy while you are still young. Do what you want to do, and follow your heart’s desire. But remember that God is going to judge you for whatever you do. Don’t let anything worry you or cause you pain. You aren’t going to be young very long.”

SAY A PRAYER: God, help me to treasure and to take full advantage of my youth. Thank you for firends and family and for the chance to have fun with them. Thank you for the gifts of joy and laughter. May I offer these gifts to others in your name. Amen.


Jeffrey Rasche has creative fun in Camp Point, Illinois.

 —from devozine ( November/December 2002). Copyright © 2002 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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