If you have a high schooler, you likely don’t hear the “I’m bored!” comment much. They are either very busy or have figured out that saying “I’m bored” leads to assigned tasks.
However, we know our kids. So if you see them sitting around doing nothing and feel they need something to keep them busy and occupy their time, you can consider some of these boredom busters for your high schooler.
#1 Meal Plan
Boy or girl, my favorite boredom buster for older children is cooking and meal planning. It’s an excellent life skill that gets them involved in household operations and can save me some time. If you have a meal plan for the week, get your high schooler working on meal prep or a meal plan and grocery list for the next week. Freezer meals are also a great prep ahead idea.
#2 Learn an Instrument
In today’s media-rich environment, you can learn just about anything from the internet. So if you have a teen looking bored, flaunting idol hands, consider having him learn an instrument. Guitar or keyboard would be the easiest to begin with if you can borrow or get an instrument cheap. It’s certainly something that would be beneficial and take some time to accomplish.
#3 Build a Computer
Do you have an old computer? If you don’t you probably know someone that does. Consider encouraging your teen to take apart the computer and rebuild it. Again you can find almost any instructions on the internet that would be helpful to take apart and put back together a PC> Having such a thorough knowledge of a computer can only be helpful in life and it certainly can keep your teen busy.
#4 Build a Fort
Yes, I know. Building a fort is typically for a younger child. But I mean actually BUILDING a fort. If your teen has younger siblings she could work on it with the siblings or make it for them. If not, she could sell it when she’s done to make a little money. A wood playhouse or fort can be fun to make and could be an ongoing project. Though it might be a better project for good weather, she could consider building a dollhouse in the garage instead, if the weather isn’t good. If she doesn’t have a working knowledge of woodworking, pick up a book form the library or check out some You Tube videos. And don’t be afraid to let her try.
What boredom busters do you use for your teen?