Do you have a teenager in the family that needs amusing this summer? We asked parents for ideas for things that teens can do and here are 50 suggestions for things for your teen to do this summer.
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So we hope you have a great summer with your friends and you could challenge your friends to complete this list together!
1. Research their family and make a family tree
2. Write a Haiku
Learn all about haikus here and why not write one for each family member including the dog…
3. Make a music video
Get your Bressie/Kian/Brian/Sharon socks on and produce a new music video. Now read How to Make Your Music Video go Viral.
4. Think of new ways to earn some extra cash
As well as the standard cutting grass / washing cars / babysitting options to earn some extra cash, how about dog walking / pet sitting while the neighbours are away to save them kennel fees / digital photo sorting or offering to pick up and sort out all the lego for busy parents? Have you had any inklings about starting your own business? The Student Enterprise Awards website has some useful information.
You might enjoy reading 10 Simple Ideas for Summer Jobs For Teens
5. Clear out your room
Not only will you make your parents extremely happy but you will find all those lost cds/books/must have items that are buried under the heap. You can now have a car boot sale/sale of work/garage sale to get rid of the non-essential non-teen stuff you no longer want and make yourself some cash at the same time. See #39 now that you have cleared out your room.
You might like to try out a course in something you might be interested in doing in college as a taster. There are lots of engineering / IT / animation / acting / language courses for teens in our Summer Camps for Teens article.
7. 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 lots of ideas
8. 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.
9. Record a song
Must be tuneful, must be lyrical, witty is good. Either write your own or do a karaoke style number. Now record yourself singing it and file away for viewing in 10 years time.
10. Start a band
Now that you have written your first song, it’s time to get the rock & roll life going and form your band. N.B. Always good to find a jamming spot away from complaining adults.
11. Make a raft
Construct your own sailing vehicle from plastic bottles and then sail it on the local river or lake. Rule for this task: must not sink.
12. Do a first aid course
As well as obviously benefitting society having a bit of first aid knowledge is a good one for any teens hoping to do some babysitting. St John’s Ambulance Brigade run first aid courses as well as Irish Red Cross and there are lots of private organisations running them locally as well.
13. Write a short story
14. Research your next family holiday
- Where to go
- How to get there
- What to do – need a good mix of activities for whole family
- Where to stay
- Where to eat
If staycationing, stop by our Family Guide to Holidays in Ireland for some suggestions for places that accommodate families and ideas for things for younger siblings to do.
15. Find a Foróige Club Near You
16. See what is on in your local Youth Centre
Stop by your local Youth centre/cafe and check out what’s happening there.
17. Try skateboarding
Obviously this suggestion is really for the non-skateboarding teen. Baseball caps worn backwards and baggy pants are not compulsory.
18. Join a local No Name Club
There are No Name Clubs across the country with plenty of events taking place locally.
19. Invent a new combination of flavours on pizza
Try out some new topping combinations on homemade pizza. Making your own dough is easy to master. Here’s our own easy peasy dough recipe: Ingredients
- 500g strong white bread flour or Tipo 00 flour (the Italian pizza or pasta flour)
- 500 ml warm water
- 2x7g sachets of dried yeast
- 2 tblsp olive oil
- pinch of salt
- Put flour in a large mixing bowl. Stir yeast into warm water in a jug. Make a well in the middle of the flour and add salt, olive oil then stir in yeast mixture until a dough forms (add a little more water or flour depending on if your dough is too sticky or too dry). Knead for up to 10 minutes. Place back in the bowl and cover with tea towel and leave for at least 1 hour to rise.
- Divide into 4 balls and knead them a little to make them smooth.
- Roll out flat to about 1 cm thick and place on your oiled pizza sheet or tray.
- Now go wild with the topping combinations.
You can do this through a local volunteer centre or at a local event or for a local charity, they often need people to help.
21. Have a go at curating at a local gallery
Offer to help at a local gallery or museum. E.g. Butler Gallery in Kilkenny who offer teens the chance to curate or help put exhibitions together.
22. Go fishing
Get a hold of a fishing rod and head off to a local stream, river or lake for the day.
23. Help on a nearby farm for the day
Get down and mucky on the farm and have a bit of fun. You might even get a shot of the tractor.
24. Write a poem
So you weren’t that bothered with the poems you learned during school term, write a better one. Or have a go at a limerick.
25. Join the local golf club
Many have good coaching deals for teens and pre-teens. Some clubs let members collect stray golf balls as well.
26. Write a play
Ever fancied yourself as a playwright? Summer holidays are the perfect time to get writing and create a cast of characters and have a bit of fun as well.
27. Give your favourite social media a summer makeover
Organisations do it all the time on facebook so why not you, so drape your favourite social channel in summery images.
28. Design a house for the future
What would your dream house be like? What would it look like outside and in? Where would you situate it? Money’s no object in this exercise in dreaming so fire away with indoor cinemas and swimming pools and separate motorbike garages. Now file it away for when you have made your first million.
29. Skip stones by river/lake/sea
We challenge you to skip 10 in a row. And if you can manage 10 in a row, we challenge you to do 15 in a row and tell us (honestly) below on our comments if you managed this amazing feat.
30. Create a mural
Head on out to a nearby pavement and spend some time with chalks creating a mural. Check out the Best Street Art of 2012 for some inspiration.
31. Catch a Sunrise
Get up in time for sunrise and record it on video.
32. Take Time Lapse Photos
Over the space of e.g. a week take photos of a plant growing, here are some tips for a Time Delay Photograph Project.
33. Play Pitch & Putt
You can find Pitch & Putt courses by county on the Golf section of the Discover Ireland website.
34. Creative Camerawork
35. Arrange a sports event
Organise The Olympics or a Euro or World Cup tournament for the neighbourhood small kids.
36. Make a Summer Playlist
Create a playlist of the best summer songs (then go and ask Mum or Dad what a compilation tape is).
37. Create a stop motion video
38. If moving from primary to secondary: create a memory book
Put together a memory book about primary school:
- friends made
- best memories
- favourite teachers (or not!),
- favourite subjects,
- hopes/feelings about going to secondary etc. (It will all be forgotten so quickly!)
39. Redecorate your room
Try a new colour if parents will allow. If not, try a furniture rearrange, room clear out (see #6), and appropriate some small furnishings from elsewhere in the house. Here are some other tips for quick and easy fixes.
40. Create a cartoon or comic strip
There are lots of free online tools for helping you to create cartoons or comic strips. Here’s a good roundup of some of them.
41. Pick fruit on a local farm
- Derryvilla Blueberry Farm in Offaly
- Sweetbank Fruit Farm, Wicklow
- Lamberts Fruit Farm, Rathfarnham, D16
- Greens Berry Farm, Wexford
42. Throw a Mamma Mia or Grease Party
An excuse to research a long ago decade like the 70s or the 50s
- check out the rock-glam or hippy costumes worn in the 70s or the rockabilly outfits from the 1950s
- find the soundtracks to the film and
- create some of the past food miracles such as cheese and pineapple hedgehogs
What more can we say but cool man.
43. Try a new water sport
Go surfing, body boarding or kayaking.
44. Try out a mountain bike trail
Coillte Outdoors has lots of bike trails and maps for different counties. Ask Mum or Dad nicely to drop you off for a day’s mountain cycling, don’t forget to take plenty of water with you (and your helmet…).
45. Play rounders/tag rugby/ultimate frisbee with friends
Organise a rounders or tag rugby or ultimate frisbee tournament at nearby green space/field. Someone bring the ball/bat/food/drinks. Get everyone to bring camping chairs or picnic blankets to crash on while waiting for their turn.
46. Volunteer for the Community
47. Take a long long walk
Walk somewhere with a group of friends for a day (bring a picnic and drinks), see how far you get and nicely ask Mum or Dad to pick you up at the end.
48. Learn to type
Touch typing is a great skill to learn, not only will it stand you in good stead for your own computeration but you will get access to lots of temp jobs if you can type fast and with few mistakes. It also means you’ll get school projects done much quicker too.
49. Learn 10 phrases of a new language
Pick a new language, such as Arabic or Mandarin (current on-trend languages to learn), and master 10 phrases well.
50. Write an article for Mykidstime
Katie O’C from Clare aged 13 was the winner of our writing competition on the topic of “A Teenagers’ Guide to Living with Parents“. Here’s her article: “A simple survival guide for teenagers on how to live and deal with parents“. Get in touch if you’d like to write for us!
Do you have a suggestion for something that your teen might enjoy doing? Please let us know in the comments section below.