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!
Write a song
You tube voice lessons (linked)
Edit your playlist
Create a playlist
Listen to music
52 Modern Manners for Teens (linked)
Write a story or a poem
Make a savings plan
Create a game
Watch a TED talk
Listen to a podcast
Sprinkler under tramp
Plan lunches/dinners for the week
Bake a dessert
Shop for Groceries
Yardwork for someone
Deliver a dessert
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
Make Play doh
Make a Scrapbook
Create a photo wall or collage in your bedroom
Clean out a closet or drawer
Dust blinds or fans
Organize a drawer, cupboard or closet
Decorate your room
Clean out fridge
Wipe down walls
TO EARN MONEY
Make and sell meals/cookies/salsa to people
Sell extra veggies or fruit from your garden
Put on a sports or art camp
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thank you so much
You are welcome! Thanks for being here!
Thank you so much! I love the different printing options you provided.