Now that the novelty of summer has worn off I’m sure you’ve probably heard the words “I’m bored” come out of your tween’s mouth (or you will soon enough). I know Lucas has already said it a few times! I decided to put together a list of 50 things tweens can do at home when they say they are bored this summer!
1. Clean. (Okay, not a fun one….)
2. Write a letter to a friend or family member.
3. Paint some artwork for your room.
4. Learn a new hobby.
5. Make a no bake dessert. (These haystacks are my favorite to make year-round!)
6. Make a game and teach a family member the rules before you play it.
7. Have a dance-off.
8. Have open-ended craft time and see what you can create with various craft supplies.
9. Make a nature journal and go outside to enjoy and observe nature.
10. Plan next week’s menu plan with your favorite foods.
11. Set up a fort in the living room.
12. Go outside in the backyard and practice a sport you enjoy.
13. Redecorate your room (with a parent’s permission of course).
14. Try a new hairstyle.
15. Set your goals for the school year ahead and make a dream board.
16. Learn about a new culture and share with your family what you learned through a craft, food, or game.
17. Setup an obstacle course for family or friends to go through.
18. Go through your closet to see what clothes fit and which don’t before you head shopping for back-to-school season.
19. Plan a short roadtrip for your family to go on. Don’t forget the packing list, activities to do along the way, and must-see spots once you arrive at your destination.
20. Make some decorations for an upcoming event or holiday.
21. Find a comfortable spot and read a book.
22. Send someone a thank you card and tell them why you appreciate them.
23. Create a scavenger hunt. (My kids loved this flashlight hidden message hunt that ended with s’mores.)
24. Have a lemonade stand.
25. Start a daily journal or blog.
26. Learn to code.
27. Put together a care package to give someone in a nursing home or the military.
28. Pop some popcorn and have a movie night.
29. Write a story.
30. Have a water balloon fight or play water balloon baseball.
31. Make homemade pizza.
32. Put a puzzle together.
33. Make an awesome STEAM inspired LEGO creation like a solar powered LEGO vehicle or code a LEGO maze
34. Use tie dye or puffy paint to decorate a shirt.
35. Camp in the backyard.
36. Do a random act of kindness for each family member.
37. Make a bird feeder.
38. Play a board game.
39. Make a toy for your pet or a friend’s pet (like this easy cat wand toy).
40. Write a script for a play or lyrics for a song and perform the play or song for your family.
41. Have a picnic in the backyard.
42. Ask an elderly neighbor how you can help them.
43. Learn a new language.
44. Run through a sprinkler on a hot day.
45. Upcycle household garbage by making one of these recycled crafts.
46. Organize your room.
47. Make your own music video.
48. Make friendship bracelets.
49. Paint rocks.
50. Be bored! It will be back-to-school time before you know it so enjoy the time off!
What ideas do you have to keep tweens busy this summer?