35 Summer Boredom Busters for Tweens

By Katie LouiseJuly 21, 2019

How many times do you hear the phrase "Mum I'm bored" from your pre-teen during the long summer holidays? Too many I bet with a few tantrums and tears along the way

Tweens are at that in-between 10 - 12 years old a tricky in-between age still young but with the mood swings of a teenager

With the summer holidays just around the corner, I am already thinking about how on earth am I going to keep my 10 year old entertained and happy during the long 6-week summer holidays, I tend to find that although she is still at an age where she likes to play with her toys she wants to join in with what her two older teenage sisters are doing.

Well, don't worry, I have you covered  I have put together a list of boredom buster activities.  Fingers crossed you will get a cuppa in peace with a sneaky piece of cake!

Boredom Buster Jar Activities

  1. Write & illustrate a comic
  2. Set yourself a reading challenge of reading at least one book a week
  3. Go to an outdoor concert or music festival
  4. Sleep outside on the trampoline
  5. Vlog
  6. Go to an escape room
  7. Create a paint pouring art
  8. Write a song
  9. Learn how to bake bread
  10. Make soap
  11. Create a scrapbook
  12. Volunteer for a local charity
  13. organise your room
  14. Go Geocaching
  15. Play capture the flag at a local park woodland with friends
  16. Create a bucket list of 100 things to do in your lifetime
  17. Turn an old item of clothing into something new
  18. Upcycle a piece of furniture
  19. dedicate yourself to at least 90 minutes of physical activity a day
  20. Explore your home town
  21. Learn a new card game you haven't played before
  22. Complete a 100 piece puzzle
  23. Have a spa day at home
  24. Binge-watch your favourite TV show
  25. Collect information from family members about your family history and then share your findings with everyone
  26. Tie-Dye Tshirts
  27. Make a creative ice cream sundae
  28. Make a photo collage
  29. start a book club either online or in-person
  30. Interview your siblings and write a family newsletter
  31. Host a scavenger hunt
  32. Record a radio show
  33. Host afternoon tea for family or friends
  34. Go for a picnic
  35. Help around the house!

Before you go take a look at my  Holiday Activities - A Parents Ultimate Guide for even more ideas to keep the boredom at bay.

  • Some of these activities may need a little help from a family member.

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22 comments on “35 Summer Boredom Busters for Tweens”

  1. What a great list of activities! Saving your page for when we cannot come up with ideas of what to do with our threenager! Thank you!

  2. Amazing list of activities.. creative as well as entertaining too. Tweens won’t be bored Thank you for sharing this I’m saving them.

  3. My mom did this when I was a child. She'd have a list of fun activities for us to do specially during the summer. Mostly, were puzzle games or engaging in sports (since technology isn't as high tech compared today). These are great ideas!

  4. I love all of these ideas because they actual stimulate their minds, and make them less video game zombies!

  5. So many great activities! I can't believe I forgot about geocaching. My boys would love that

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