Our province is in its third lockdown of the year. My oldest child is now homeschooling, so she is not having lots of opportunities to socialize. Thankfully, the parks are still open but my 11-year-old is still bored out of her mind. So to help pass the time I asked her to write a list of 50 indoor activities for bored pre-teens.
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The best part of being forced to homeschool is finding cool ways for your kids to learn.
Last week, my 10-year-old came to me and told me how bored she was. So, we did what we always do when we are looking for activities. We searched for ideas on Pinterest.
What we found was a bit discouraging. Most activities we found included going somewhere and being able to leave your house. There were not many lists for things kids could do in their homes.
That is when the idea hit me— I could use this as a writing assignment.
I challenged my 10-year-old to make her own list.
Her assignment: Handwrite a list of 25 things you want to do at home.
She was able to complete that extremely fast so I have her another challenge: come up with 25 more things you can do at home.
Once she finished her list, I asked her to type out her list on the computer.
Then, when she was done that, I opened a canva account for her and asked her to make a Pinterest image.
She had never used canva before, so I spent some time showing her the templates and how to make changes.
She learned the program pretty quickly and was able to make a Pin image that she liked.
- learning about graphic design
My daughter knows that I write a blog, so I asked her if I could share her list. She was thrilled to know that this list would be posted online and could be shared with others.
So, below is her list of 50+ indoor activities for bored pre-teens.
50+ indoor activities for bored pre-teens
- Make slime
- Play an imaginary game
- Make a slide on google drive
- Look through family photo albums
- Wright something based on your favourite book or movie
- Declutter your room
- Make a dance routine
- Wright or call a friend
- Make a friendship bracelet
- Knit a hat, scarf or something else
- Design your dream house on a piece of paper
- Do your nails or your sibling’s nails
- Do a chore to surprise your mom and dad
- Make a scavenger hunt for the family
- Pick out some clothes to give to charity
- . Make a YouTube video
- Write a blog post
- Make a Lego sculpture
- Do a puzzle
- Play a board game
- Go on a walk
- Create a new hairstyle
- Make an eye spy jar
- Make a calming sensory bottle
- Bake something sweet like cookies
- Make a schedule for the day/week/month
- Dream about a perfect family vacation and Plan the whole trip – Create a budget for your trip then plan where you would sleep, eat and what activities you would do.
- Make your own board game
- Make a card and send it in the mail for someone
- Make a collage
- Make a streamer maze
- Go on a bike ride
- Plant a garden
- Design your dream backyard
- Makeup and write your own song
- Learn how to do Origami
- Design a logo for your family
- Make something with modelling clay
- Train your pet to do a trick
- Match all your miss-matched socks
- Read a book
- Make your own film or movie
- Play hide and go seek
- Make a menu and make up a name for your family’s restaurant
- Learn how to make bread
- Make a mural
- Make a list of practical jokes
- Read to your siblings
- Write a book report
- Do a craft
- Make a fort
- Draw something with your eyes closed
- Play a video game
- Make your own list of things you can do at home
I hope that some of these ideas have sparked an idea or two for you or your pre-teen to do while we are all stuck inside.
In the comments below add your favourite indoor activities for bored pre-teens.