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.

Here is a list you can hang up that I think you will love!! Right click on the photo, save it and print!

I also placed the ideas in the post if you want to copy and paste your own and some of them are linked to products that might be helpful to have on hand!

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!

Any extras you think I need to add? Please suggest them in the comments!

 

EXERCISE

Run

Walk

Lift weights

High Fit (linked)

Workout video

HIIT training

Push ups

Sit ups

Abs 

Biking

PHYSICAL

Basketball

Pickleball (linked)

Tennis

Hike

Soccer

Play catch

Kan jam (linked)

Kubb (linked)

Croquet (linked)

Bocce ball (linked)

Spike ball (linked)

Wiffleball (linked)

Tramp

Frisbee

Dance

MUSIC

Piano

Write a song

Guitar (linked)

Ukulele (linked)

You tube voice lessons (linked)

Edit your playlist

Create a playlist

Listen to music

Thumb piano (linked)

EDUCATION

Read (list linked)

Khan Academy (linked)

52 Modern Manners for Teens (linked)

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 (linked)

Colorku (linked)

Rubix Cube (linked)

PEACE

Yoga (linked)

Meditation

Journal (linked)

Scriptures

Prayer

Hammock 

Boredom

WATER

Swimming

Lake 

Kayaking

Sprinkler under tramp

Fishing

Water balloons (linked)

Water fight

COOKING

Plan lunches/dinners for the week

Bake a dessert

Bake bread

Make a cake (linked)

Make lunch

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 (linked)

Snapcircuits (linked)

3D Metal Earth (linked)

Puzzle (linked)

Yo Yo (linked)

Board or card game (linked)

Tinker Crates (linked)

Kanoodle (linked)

Catapult (linked)

 

ART

Paint

Draw

Make slime

Craft

Calligraphy

Woodworking (linked)

Leather work (linked)

Doodle Crate (linked)

Friendship bracelets (linked)

Boondoggle (linked)

Loom (linked)

Crochet (linked)

Make Play doh

Balloon Tying

Sidewalk Chalk

Organize photos 

Make a Chatbook (linked)

Make a Scrapbook

Create a photo wall or collage in your bedroom

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

TO EARN MONEY

Make and sell meals/cookies/salsa to people

Sell extra veggies or fruit from your garden

Babysit

Put on a sports or art camp

Window Washing

Lawn Care

 

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