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20 Boredom Busters for Your Tweens and Teens


School is out and summer is here! Looking for ideas to do with your teen? Here are some suggestions for time together as well as ideas for when they say, “I’m bored”, or to get them unplugged for a little bit.

If you try any out, please share your experience with us in the comments. 

  1. Make a dream board with a poster board and old magazines by cutting out things you love and/or want to do someday.

  1. Organize your favorite spaces. 

    1. https://homeguides.sfgate.com/organize-messy-teens-room-51486.html 

  1. Find a new recipe to bake - brownies, cookies, cakes, etc.

  1. Learn to cook a family recipe from your grandparents.

  1. Teach yourself kitchen measurements and conversions.

    1. https://www.livinglocurto.com/measurement-conversion-chart/

  1. Take a class and learn something new!

    1. https://www.open.edu/openlearn/

    2. https://www.coursera.org/

    3. https://outschool.com/#usRcJVBpBG

    4. https://www.khanacademy.org/  

  1. Volunteer in your community.

  1. Learn to use a sketchbook journal. 

    1. https://www.skillshare.com/classes/Sketchbook-Illustration-for-All-Draw-Your-Day-with-Watercolor-Pen/1484315624?via=homepage

  1. Learn to paint.

    1. https://willkempartschool.com/how-to-paint-with-acrylic-paint-videos/

  1. Learn a new language for free by downloading the Duolingo App. So many choices! My teens love it!

  1. Learn to play guitar. 

    1. https://www.justinguitar.com/modules/before-you-begin

  1. Teach yourself to write cursive. 

    1. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLp_0j14In7k7oaOOiksX6GqBjfnftiAvY

  1. Learn Caligraphy. 

    1. https://www.udemy.com/course/calligraphy-the-basics/

  1. Make a movie and upload it to YouTube.

  1. Grab a blanket, spread it out in the grass, and watch the clouds.

  1. Plant a Garden Box.

    1. https://savvygardening.com/easiest-vegetables-to-grow/ 

  1. Make a cute tote bag out of a recycled tank top or jeans. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DesGx5lpMWQ


  1. Get your community’s events list and attend an event or two.

  1. Clean your electronics.

    1. https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/gadgets/how-to/a7295/how-to-clean-your-gadgets-without-breaking-them/ 

  1. Learn to play a new sport or teach someone a sport you love.

I hope you and yours enjoy these activities! I would love to see and hear about how you beat summer boredom with your kids!

How does your family beat summer boredom?


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