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"
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!
Build a fort, because you’re never too old for some fort fun
Or, camp out in the backyard or living room
Bake something new
Try a new hairstyle
Dance the boredom away with Just Dance
Write a story or start a novel
Draw a picture
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!)
Make sun catchers for your bedroom windows
Learn to knit
Learn to play an instrument
Make a music video
Decorate your room - move things around and make it your own.
Teach yourself to crochet from YouTube tutorials
Make a mosaic
Make a tie blanket to use or donate to a homeless shelter
Sew cloth napkins
Build something using wood (You can get free plans online to build almost anything: birdhouses, shelving, tool boxes, etc.)
Make paracord bracelets
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.
Read a book
Play a board game
Make a pie
Prepare dinner for the family
Make a bucket list of 100 things to do in your lifetime
Do a jigsaw puzzle
Learn to draw
Paint a picture
FaceTime a grandparent
Worldle or Sudoku
Earn some money - do odd jobs for family, neighbors or friends
Hold a paper plane flying challenge with friends or family
Get outdoors and try GEOCACHING
Learn how to do a headstand
Get creative with JEWELRY making
Plan a family QUIZ NIGHT
READ something new or something you love. Take time to read or re-read a book, magazine, comic…your choice!
Scooter or skate. Scooter, skateboard, roller skates, ice skates – you choose!
Learn a new TikTok dance
Wash the car or the dog
Grab a blanket, spread it out in the grass, and watch the clouds.
Make a card for a friend or grandparent to brighten their day.
Go out for a bike ride
Take a nap under a shady tree.
Make a cute tote bag out of a recycled tank top or jeans.
Sketch your pet.
Sleep in your backyard under the stars.
Create a photo journal or blog.
Make a friendship bracelet and send it to a friend.
Go through your closet and make new outfits.
Write a poem, a song or a play.
Help plan the family vacation.
Swap a favorite book with a friend and read it.
Write in your journal, “My Top 10 Favorite Summertime Activities”.
Paint your fingernails/toenails with a bright polish
Make a fortune teller like when you were younger!
Do a fashion show to some music
Volunteer to read to children at the library.
Learn to grill hot dogs, hamburgers or pizza crust.
Make a collage out of old magazines.
Learn how to play the guitar via YouTube
Listen to an audio book or podcast.
Make a vision board.
Create a lemonade stand.
Make a playlist of your favorite songs.
Enjoy a board game marathon outdoors or inside.
Have a scavenger hunt.
Do an 8-minute workout.
Take a nap with a Squishmallow
Create some word rocks.
Learn how to hula-hoop.
Create sidewalk art with chalk.
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!