Sometimes there’s nothing you can do to get past this one. I ran into it during a playdate we hosted recently. My son and his friend (both six) were bound and determined to be completely and utterly bored & blazé. I can’t tell you how much this stressed me out.
That is, until I realised that I was way too entangled in my own need for them to have the Best Playdate Ever (without injuring anyone). After offering a gazillion exciting, engergizing, fun, fabulous, and even delicious things to do I finally gave up and walked away (to the next room).
Miracle! All they really needed was for me to Get Outta Their Hair.