50 Best Boredom-busting Fun Activities for Teens

Your teen is too bored. They’ve even bored themselves of playing Xbox. Here are the 50 best boredom-busting fun activities for teens.

#1. Write a Haiku

A Haiku should have seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five. This is not as easy as it sounds. Learn more about haikus here.

A teen writing a

haiku could be a challenge

but you can do it

#2. Learn to Cook 3 New Meals Well

Here’s the rules:

  • Create 3 new menus and practice them
  • They must include starter, main + dessert
  • They must be tried out on your family
  • They must be of a high standard i.e. empty plates at the end.

Check our Family Recipes section for some foodie inspiration.

#3. Hold an Open-mic Night

Invite some pals around and hold an open-mic night. You can do one theme eg poetry, comedy, music or a variety.

Tip: keep performances to a minimum/specified time slot, so each performer gets enough time.

#4. Upcycle Some Jeans

Dig up some pairs of jeans you never wear and turn them into something new. Ideas: denim skirt, shorts, oven mitt, book cover, tote bag. More ideas on

#5. Research Family History

family treeEncourage your teen to visit older family members and interview them, they could use tablet or smartphone to video some of the conversation. Things to ask about:

  • What was it like when you were a teenager?
  • Were your parents strict?
  • Who was your favourite family member?
  • What did you eat?
  • What did you do to amuse yourselves?

You might also enjoy 50 fun activities for teens to do in the summer.

#6. Make a Music Video

We all know Lorde launched her career on YouTube. Your turn to create and produce a new music video.

Now read How to Make Your Music Video go Viral.

#7. Hold a Clothes Swap

Get rid of unwanted unworn clothes and get some new duds in the process. Get your friends to bring round their clothes, put them in a big pile, have a big grab and score some new clothes for nothing.

#8. Learn to Play Poker

All you need is a pack of cards and plenty of M&Ms for chips. And a straight face of course.

Here’s a good summary of the basic rules of poker to get you started.

Other Card Games to Learn

#9. Sleep Under the Stars

Pick a night forecasted to be warm, clear and rain free and grab a sleeping bag, blanket and pillow and head out for a night outdoors.

Are you familiar with the constellations? See how many you can find in the night sky.

#10. Create a Stop Motion Video

Here’s how to create a stop motion video. Take inspiration from these 50 incredible Stop Motion Videos.

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