60+ Easy Summer Boredom Busters for Toddlers to Teenagers

The two most dreaded words you can hear this summer are  “I’m bored.” As an only-child family, we hear it quite a bit. Even bigger families suffer from summer boredom because siblings can get sick of each other. Rainy or bad weather days may keep you indoors longer than expected. Summer plans can get canceled due to sickness, scheduling, or travel delays. Maybe your budget is stretched and summer camps are not an option. No matter what’s causing your kids to struggle to find something to do there are easy and inexpensive ways to keep them occupied this summer.  Here’s a list of 60+ summer boredom busters for all ages; we started with toddlers and added on tasks for teenagers too.

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Easy Summer Boredom Busters

First, let’s start with toddlers and preschoolers. These are all activities they can do with little to no help depending on their development level.

  1. Fly a kite
  2. Play hopscotch
  3. Eat breakfast for dinner
  4. Blow bubbles
  5. Freeze homemade popsicles
  6. Make play-dough at home
  7. Make popcorn bracelets
  8. Make paper airplanes
  9. Play frisbee or bowling
  10. Start an outdoor garden
  11. Make funny face paint
  12. Go to the zoo
  13. Finger paint
  14. Play with chalk
  15. Paint rocks
  16. Catch fireflies
  17. Make ice cream in a bag
  18. Jump rope
  19. Play in a sandbox
  20. Make slime
  21. Make a baking soda and vinegar volcano
  22. Wash your windows
  23. Make DIY dreamcatchers
  24. Sail paper boats
  25. Have an outdoor picnic

Next, elementary schoolers. This age group can typically play independently. A grownup may be needed to help supervise, set-up or break down these activities. Invite a group of friends over and you can all have fun.

26. Have a water balloon fight.

27. Watch a movie outside.

28. Camp in the backyard.

29. Make and bake cookies.

30. Look at the stars through a telescope.

31. Ride your bike on a trail.

32. Make a campfire.

33. Go geocaching.

34. Create pizza from scratch.

35. Visit the library.

36. Play mini-golf.

37. Build a birdhouse (Home Depot and local hardware stores often host events for kids to build birdhouses.)

38. Watch Memorial Day, Fourth of July or Labor Day fireworks.

39. Go bird watching.

40. Build a pillow fort.

41. Recreate classic art pieces.

42. Make an oven using the sun.

43. Make your own board game.

44. Visit a museum.

45. Go on a hike.
46. Send gifts to essential workers.

47. Go to the water park.

48. Visit grandparents.

49. Study an animal’s life cycle.

50. Create an animation using stop motion or a day-in-the-life documentary

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Finally, middle and high schoolers. At this age, tweens and teens are most interested in spending time with their friends. The following boredom busters can be done independently and with a group that likes to socialize.

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51. Write in a diary.
52. Start a summer business.
53. Try a new sport.
54. Learn a new (to you) card game.
55. Go to the mall.
56. Join or start a book club.
57. Learn sketching/painting.
58. Stargaze/Use a telescope.
59. Swim with friends.
60. Create a genealogy tree.
61. Make dinner for the family.
62. Take a music lesson for a new instrument.
63. Visit a thrift store.
64. Go fishing or crapping.
65. Explore the local food scene.

About Joyce Brewer

Creator & Host of Mommy Talk Show. Emmy award-winning TV journalist.Wife & Mommy; Mom Blogger; Social Media Coach; Long Island, New York transplant living in Atlanta, GA. Follow Joyce on Twitter @MommyTalkShow Author of Use What You Know: A Business Idea Guide for Moms featuring interviews with mompreneurs who created businesses using their skills & backgrounds.

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