Summer Ideas for Bored Teens

Summer with teens can be incredibly great and also incredibly hard. As they get older, there isn’t as much neighborhood or sibling play and they may not be quite old enough for a job, but 12 hours of Netflix is usually not any parent’s ideal plan.

We have tried lots of ideas throughout the years to make summer enjoyable and productive at the same time and some years have definitely been better than others. One thing I noticed was that my kids often wanted to do something, but they were too lazy to think of what to do! I also saw that as they got older, they wanted more control than a chore chart or prescribed schedule gave them. So, this year I created a list with some great ideas for play, learning, boredom, exercise, work and more.

You can use this list in all kinds of ways. Every day, have them pick something from a few different categories. Or have “must do” categories and some optional ones each day. You can let them plan their entire week with the list and put a couple different things on each day, or just hang the list up on the fridge for when they need a little inspiration for summer fun. It also works well for working parents…just have them send you a photo when they complete each activity!

The list is easy to see and use (with some links to products that might help). To download the PDF, click this link Summer Ideas for Teens (1)  and you can save and print it at home, or below is a list you can copy and paste, so you can pick and choose, to make a personalized list that works for your family. I have also added some outside and inside work options that aren’t on the PDF because heaven knows they need to be part of our routine! Any extras you think I need to add? Please suggest them in the comments!

 

EXERCISE

Run

Walk

Lift weights

High fit

Workout video

HIIT training

Push ups

Sit ups

Abs 

Biking

PHYSICAL

Basketball

Pickleball

Tennis

Hike

Soccer

Play catch

Kan jam

Kubb

Croquet

Bocce ball

Spike ball

Wiffleball

Tramp

Frisbee

Dance

MUSIC

Piano

Write a song

Guitar

Ukulele

You tube voice lessons

Edit your playlist

Create a playlist

Listen to music

Thumb piano

EDUCATION

Read

Khan Academy

ACT Prep

Coding

Summer School

Write a story or a poem

Make a savings plan

Create a game

Watch a TED talk

Listen to a podcast

Family History

Colorku

Rubix Cube

PEACE

Yoga

Meditation

Journal

Scriptures

Prayer

Hammock 

Boredom

WATER

Swimming

Lake 

Kayaking

Sprinkler under tramp

Fishing

Water balloons

Water fight

COOKING

Plan lunches/dinners for the week

Bake a dessert

Bake bread

Cook dinner

Make Popsicles

Shop for Groceries

SERVICE

Yardwork for someone

Deliver a dessert

Make dinner

Create a scavenger hunt

Bring in garbage cans

Write a thank you note or email

Call a grandparent

Heart attack a door

Pick up litter

Help a sibling

Teach something

PLAY

Legos

Snapcircuits

3D Metal Earth

Puzzle

Yo Yo

Board or card game

Tinker Crates

Kanoodle

Catapult

ART

Paint

Draw

Make slime

Craft

Woodworking

Leather work

Doodle Crate

Friendship bracelets

Boondoggle

Loom

Crochet

Make Play doh

Sidewalk Chalk

Organize photos 

Make a Chatbook

Make a Scrapbook

INSIDE WORK

Clean out a closet or drawer

Dust blinds or fans

Clean baseboards

Clean Bathroom

Kitchen chores

Organize a drawer, cupboard or closet

Decorate your room

Iron

Laundry

Clean out fridge

Wipe down walls

OUTSIDE WORK

Mow lawn

Edge

Weed

Harvest

Sweep

Power wash

Clean garage

Wash windows

Wash car

Vacuum car

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