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80 Boredom Busters for Tweens (mostly screen free!)

There's nothing quite like a middle-school-aged kid who's bored, right?!?!

"Life is soooooooo boring, and there is ABSOLUTELY nothing fun to do around here"

Sound familiar?

Check out this list of ideas to throw at your teen or tween the next time they complain about being bored...with ideas from life skills to easy crafts, from solo activities to group events. I guarantee that at least 1 of the ideas won't result in the essential eye roll.

Print this list out, text it to your tween, or bonus points for them cutting out each idea and making their own boredom jar. When they're bored, they can pick out a number, et voilà - that is their boredom buster right there!

The Full List - God Speed!

  1. Build a fort, because you’re never too old for some fort fun

  2. Or, camp out in the backyard or living room

  3. Bake something new

  4. Try a new hairstyle

  5. Dance the boredom away with Just Dance

  6. Write a story or start a novel

  7. Draw a picture

  8. Print out some free coloring sheets, and color in with gel pens or watercolor pencils (also, tweens seem to love color by numbers all over again!)

  9. Make sun catchers for your bedroom windows

  10. Learn to knit

  11. Learn to play an instrument

  12. Make a music video

  13. Decorate your room - move things around and make it your own.

  14. Teach yourself to crochet from YouTube tutorials

  15. Make a mosaic

  16. Learn origami

  17. Make a tie blanket to use or donate to a homeless shelter

  18. Make soap

  19. Sew cloth napkins

  20. Make candles

  21. Build something using wood (You can get free plans online to build almost anything: birdhouses, shelving, tool boxes, etc.)

  22. Make paracord bracelets

  23. Make your own photo book - think you and your BFFs, memories of a beloved pet, a special family vacation, a book about extended family or even a family recipe book with pictures of the family.

  24. Read a book

  25. Play a board game

  26. Make a pie

  27. Make cookies

  28. Prepare dinner for the family

  29. Bake bread

  30. Make a bucket list of 100 things to do in your lifetime

  31. Do a jigsaw puzzle

  32. Learn to draw

  33. Paint a picture

  34. FaceTime a grandparent

  35. Worldle or Sudoku

  36. Earn some money - do odd jobs for family, neighbors or friends

  37. Hold a paper plane flying challenge with friends or family

  38. Get outdoors and try GEOCACHING

  39. Learn how to do a headstand

  40. Get creative with JEWELRY making

  41. Plan a family QUIZ NIGHT

  42. READ something new or something you love. Take time to read or re-read a book, magazine, comic…your choice!

  43. Scooter or skate. Scooter, skateboard, roller skates, ice skates – you choose!

  44. Learn a new TikTok dance

  45. Wash the car or the dog

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

  47. Make a card for a friend or grandparent to brighten their day.

  48. Go out for a bike ride

  49. Take a nap under a shady tree.

  50. Make a cute tote bag out of a recycled tank top or jeans.

  51. Sketch your pet.

  52. Sleep in your backyard under the stars.

  53. Create a photo journal or blog.

  54. Make a friendship bracelet and send it to a friend.

  55. Go through your closet and make new outfits.

  56. Write a poem, a song or a play.

  57. Help plan the family vacation.

  58. Swap a favorite book with a friend and read it.

  59. Write in your journal, “My Top 10 Favorite Summertime Activities”.

  60. Paint your fingernails/toenails with a bright polish

  61. Make slime.

  62. Make a fortune teller like when you were younger!

  63. Do a fashion show to some music

  64. Babysit

  65. Volunteer to read to children at the library.

  66. Learn to grill hot dogs, hamburgers or pizza crust.

  67. Make a collage out of old magazines.

  68. Learn how to play the guitar via YouTube

  69. Listen to an audio book or podcast.

  70. Make a vision board.

  71. Create a lemonade stand.

  72. Make a playlist of your favorite songs.

  73. Enjoy a board game marathon outdoors or inside.

  74. Have a scavenger hunt.

  75. Do an 8-minute workout.

  76. Take a nap with a Squishmallow

  77. Create some word rocks.

  78. Learn how to hula-hoop.

  79. Create sidewalk art with chalk.

  80. ZONE out and relax - make sure to make time to just relax, listen to music, draw, write or just daydream.

Do you have any go-to boredom busters? Pleaseeeee feel free to comment them below, so we can all help each other!

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