As a teacher for almost a decade now, I strive to find ways to keep my preschool students engaged and busy, mixing fun and learning in the process. Therefore, it annoys me to no end to see - hear! - children who cry out "Boring!" or "I'm bored!" when they have nothing better to do. Nothing ruins my day more than being in the company of a kid who can't seem to be satisfied with anything while an adult racks his/her brain to get the little one out of the spell of boredom.
Whether it's doing art, curling up with a good book, even watching TV or playing video games (the last two options, I do not really espouse as constructive ways to keep interested), the child must learn to amuse himself/herself.
Hon-some does not hide his disbelief when I tell him that when I do not have work and I stay at home while he's in the office, our television never gets turned on. But I never get bored. Because I have a lot of interesting things to do. I have a niece who whiles away time doodling on paper and making her own toys and actually skips nap time so she can do all the things that interest her. I have never seen her bored.
Having said that, I wish parents would then expose their children to more activities to ignite their potential passions. Only then will we rid this world of boring individuals.