86 Creative Activities for Pre-Teens & Teens {Plus Printable!}

creative summer activities

Need some creative activities for your kids that will make them want to put down their electronics?

Summer is flying by and you’re probably already hearing the words, “I’m bored.” As a mom of pre-teens and teens it’s easy to give in to electric devises to entertain kids. It’s harder to come up with creative ways for them to spend long summer days. Here are 86 of them!

  • Color
  • Paint
  • Draw
  • Bake cookies
  • Collect leaves and rocks
  • Work on a puzzle
  • Study the Bible
  • Practice photography
  • Work on learning a new language
  • Play a board game
  • Memorize a Scripture verse
  • Create an art journal
  • Make play dough
  • Create chalk drawings outside
  • Pack a picnic
  • Make puppets
  • Work with beads
  • Train a dog
  • Exercise
  • Ride a bike
  • Try a new hair style
  • Paint your nails
  • Make a cake
  • Look through a cookbook (pick out things to make and make a shopping list!)
  • Play with marbles
  • Water the flowers and weed the flower beds
  • Draw a self portrait
  • Create a treasure hunt with clues for your parents and/or siblings
  • Write in your journal
  • Work on a short story or novel
  • Interview a parent or sibling
  • Sew
  • Tie-dye a shirt
  • Make ice cream
  • Observe objects in your microscope
  • Paint rocks
  • Plan a scavenger hunt
  • Crochet
  • Make a duct tape rose
  • Have a relay race
  • Play hangman
  • Run through the sprinklers
  • Play with bubbles
  • Play with Legos
  • Do a science experiment
  • Sing songs with a sibling
  • Play catch

Download the printable below for the full list of activities!

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Tricia Goyer shares 86 activities for your pre-teens & teens to do this summer!

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  1. Thank you, Tricia Goyer! I found your awesome website and this handy printable via Pinterest. The summer is coming and I want to be ready. I also think this is useful all-year-round.

  2. Love this list! My kids are always saying they are bored, lol.

  3. As a teen, I can say for sure that these activities are not very suitible for teens. Pre-teens, maybe, it depends on the kid. If you have an elementary kid however, this would probably be a great list. Honestly, no kid above the age of 11 is interested in playing with bubbles or studying the Bible.

  4. Great ideas! I SO needed this for my pre- teens! This will add to a great summer! Thank you!

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