How do you encourage teenagers not to spend all of their spare time on their phones or video game? Well, we have collected some activities for teens perfect for while school is on break.
As you may know, many teenagers are hooked to the internet and their phones (no shame there as I often am too). Although tech is great, here are some ideas for them to put down that screen, have fun and perhaps even help the community in a time of need.
Sometimes we just choose the easiest things to do when we are bored and that is why teens often reach for their screens, they are handy, fun and fill the time. So we just need to give them some other ideas of fun things that they can do. I mean no one wants bored teenagers and reducing screen time is great for helping them sleep and means a happy family.
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Over 50 Fun Activities for Teens
Write a novel, poem, song or maybe just a story. Maybe even a blog!
Escape Room at Home
Keep a journal
Journalling is good to keep your thoughts and emotions down on paper.
Try writing a letter to yourself
Write a letter to your future self to read. Write your goals and all the things you have achieved.
Read a book
Try something outside your usual genre, maybe even listen to audiobooks. Perhaps you can set a challenge to see how many books you can read over the summer.
Now I know we are focussing on more practical non-mobile activities but programming is a great skill for the future and you can find lessons online.
Make your own cosmetics
Make your own beauty products such as bath bombs, lip balms, face masks, and salt scrubs. Then organise a sleepover with your mates and have a pamper session with all the things you have made.
Follow a makeup tutorial on youtube and improve your make-up skills.
Baking or cooking
Try some new recipes and eat some mouthwatering food. We have some fab recipes in our in the kitchen archives. I mean who doesn’t love cookies.
Try making your own menu for the week and plan your food daily. Why not organise a family dinner, but all the ingredients and cook one evening a week.
Still-life, doodling, paint a portrait, colour in. Jennie Maizels offers a Sketchbook Club which is great fun. You could try using materials that are not your usual like chalk instead of pencils and pens.
Learn a new language
Try french, Spanish, Klingon or even try making up your own language! My kids use Duolingo at school and it is free and perfect for learning a foreign language.
Make a scrapbook
Stick in all your favourite photos and memories. We have a great step-by-step guide to making your own Smash Book.
Listen to music
Try a different genre. Amazon Music Unlimted is currently offering a free 30-day trial, so why not sign up (UK Link). Make playlists for your friends.
Decorate your bedroom or house
Match colours and have fun!
Try making something or just practice. You could make your own clothes, clothes for dolls, pencil cases or even try upcycling an old pair of jeans into a cushion.
Learn to play an instrument
Learn guitar or piano maybe even flute!
You may start off with finger knitting but develop and create some cool things such as scarfs, hats, blankets or even a jumper.
Try creating your own video. You could even use modelling clay and create your own characters. We have a great resource for simple stop motion here.
Learn to play cards, try playing with your family. Why not organise a games night and learn how to play poker or rummy.
Look outside or maybe even open a bird watching live cam on the internet.
Try taking photos and editing them.
Go play some monopoly or Cluedo. You could even try creating your own board game!
Try doing some different hairstyles or dying your hair.
Try planting some trees or flowers. Why not volunteer to mow your neighbours’ lawn.
Sell some unwanted items
Sell clothes, furniture or toys.
Watch a film
Put some movies into a bowl and pick one out. You can even print off tickets or review the movie after. Why not have a movie marathon of all your favourites perfect for rainy days.
See how your neighbours are and help out in the community. Try walking dogs or help with shopping.
Make a comic and animate it. There are some fab resources to help.
Watch videos and learn how to make some very cool things with paper.
Try some simple science experiments or activities.
Look after your pets
Feed them, play with them just watch over them or even have a pet photoshoot!
Design greeting cards for people and add photos, make someone’s day!
Use some material and create your own clothes.
Make your own dance
Listen to some music and put together some choreography.
Make your own song
Create a beat and sing along. Compose your own music.
Write letters to someone in need
People in care homes, people in isolation that may need a friend.
Start your own youtube channel
Get creative and start your own platform.
Learn an outside activity
Go skateboarding or work on your football skills. You could learn how to roller skate.
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Read to younger siblings
Find a book and help them read or maybe even read them to sleep.
Help around the house
Wash the dishes and learn some basic life skills while bonding with your parents. We have some great tips on green cleaning and ecological cleaning supplies. Every parent would love help with the laundry or for you to sort your closet out.
Video game socially
Instead of being on 24/7 alone. Try playing with your friends online while self-isolating.
Set up your own podcast
Find out how to set up your own podcast and produce a regular online conversation.
Build a lego set, star wars lego or even use items around the house to build a tower. You are never too old for LEGO – take a look at some of the fab Star Wars LEGO (UK Link/US Link) and LEGO technics (UK Link/US Link).
To see how a family member is. Ask around to see how friends and local people in the community are.
Netflix and Zoom
Binging on your shows doesn’t have to be a solo experience as you can binge them together with mates over zoom.
Learn circus skills
Practice some juggling and test your flexibility.
Stretch your muscles and take a break. even try meditating – We love Cosmic Yoga
Challenge yourself to different moves such as burpees, press-ups or even just a jog. Grab a hula hoop and see how long you can keep it up.
Challenge yourself to meditate every day.
Try playing a game with a family member and improve your skills.
Throw darts at a dartboard and see what the highest score you can get.
Ride a bike
Take a ride and if you don’t know how to learn.
Sit and relax and have a spa day. Use facemasks, hair masks or even get a manicure/pedicure.
Host an online book club
Read and review books with your friends.
Retro loom banding
Organise a day out with friends
Why not arrange a picnic, hike, visit a bowling alley or a day at amusement park (thrills all-round), go to the beach or the local park or even the zoo.
You could always print off these activities and use them in a Bored Jar.
Don’t forget to check out our other activity posts:
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- Ultimate summer activities lists and bored Jar lists
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- Low Spend or No Spend Bored Jar Activities – The Spring Edition
- The Ultimate No Spend or Low Spend Bored Jar list
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