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Awesome Activities for Teens to Do While Having To Stay At Home!

Awesome Activities for Teens to Do While Having To Stay At Home

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Lots of activities that don’t involve Fifa, Fortnite or Call of Duty. Try out as many as you can, I’m sure you will have your favourites. Enjoy and have fun.

Lockdown activities for teens and in self-isolation.

Take an online photography course: Now is the time to learn a new skill, and surprisingly there are tons of photography courses online. Ideally you will need a DSLR camera – luckily that’s one thing that hasn’t sold out on Amazon (remember to always get the bill payers permission)  – or there are also courses in smartphone photography that focus on capturing interesting angles and concepts, and using natural light.

 Learn to touch type:  Do you do that two-finger jab on the keyboard (or worse still, the iPad stabbing then wonder why it’s not working properly). Learning to touch type can reduce your time and will speed up your essay work too,

 Enrol in Stage School: For all those wannabe budding actors this might sound strange but lockdown is the perfect time to start acting classes. Stage Academy are an established performing arts school, who like everyone else have had to temporarily stop live classes. But they’ve put together online versions that are so good they actually stand alone as a way of taking drama lessons on an ongoing basis. They cover all ages from 4-18, it costs £10 a month (honestly SUCH good value for money), and you get a free 7 day trial – it’s a no-brainer and lots of fun.

Build a website: Why not learn to code? Code Academy offers free coding classes online. You could build your first ecommerce site, or start a blog!

Create an Anime: Are you into graphic design?  Anime is a good way to use time and learn a new skill. Try it and see how much fun it is.

Write a letter: I know, I know it’s not cool. BUT. Imagine if your boyfriend or girlfriend could one day look back on the one that got away (or your life partner could quote it in their wedding vows) by reading an actual hand-written letter. The romance of it! (I have a tear in my eye already) Or send a letter to a family member who would love you even more and cheer them up during lockdown. Failing that, a lot of nursing homes are looking for letters and drawings for their residents to read (Check first that they’re accepting external post).

Start a podcast: If you fancy having a YouTube channel but is too shy to put yourself out there, a podcast might be a good alternative. It’s super easy to get started, and podcasting is really taking off right now. There are lots of podcast hosting platforms, and most of them have really good easy guides to explain how to do it. Podcast.co allows you to download a pretty comprehensive guide with no obligation to sign up. Only once you have a recording you want to put on the podcasting apps do you need to pay for an account (ask permission first). If you’ve never listened to a podcast have a try.

Simpler everyday activities for teens to do in the house.

Cook dinner: I’ve seen lots of parents say their teenagers are taking it in turns to cook dinner, and now is the perfect time. Why, I hear you ask yourself, I can just tell my parents I’m hungry and the magic wand gets waved and I have a meal. I will be honest with you and say you are in for a shock, all teens need to learn to cook proper meals to stay healthy and learn to cook more than beans before you leave home. Start easy meals or help your family to prepare a meal. In our house whoever cooks gets out of clean up duty, Win Win.

Meal plan: Similarly, when you eventually leave home you will need to know how to budget and plan food for the week, so hand in hand with cooking.  Ask what the food budget is in your household and eat that costs less than the budget.

Do the laundry: Again, something you may want to learn now, when you’re all at home. This will require supervision to ensure colour-sorting

doesn’t lead to your Mum’s favourite white top turning red. Top Tip. Don’t be surprised if the odd sock disappears, happens to us all.

Mow the lawn: You may love this responsibility. There is something calming about mowing and it doesn’t have to take very long.  Avoid if you have hayfever though. Ask for help and supervision and keep your pets inside.

Learn DIY skills: See above .Remember safety first.

Wash the car: You can use your negotiating skills and earn pocket money too.

Learn car maintenance: Ask permission first. You can look online or in the cars service manual and learn how to check the oil and water and change a tyre.

Cleaning: dusting, vacuuming, floor mopping…I know, I know but think of your families shocked faces. You may not clean like your Mum does but I can guarantee that it will put a smile on their faces especially if they are still working. At the very least sort your bedroom out!!

Academic activities for teens in lockdown.

Watch a TedED: From the makers of TED talks TedED offers brilliant educational talks, as well as a daily email of lesson plans for any age group.

Online Lessons BBC Bitesize:  is just one of the online resources you can access for revision activities for all subjects at all levels, plus daily online lessons are available.

Learn a new word from the dictionary: Quick daily English activity.

Learn about Art: Google Arts and Culture has a huge rabbit hole of art, architecture and cultural nuggets to fall down. So much to learn!

Keep on top of the news: The Day is offering their daily newsletter (free of charge during lockdown, but a parent will need to sign up). It has a readership of mostly teenagers, and covers quirky reviews and academic updates as well as keeping on top of what our politicians are doing.  Have a daily read and report back to the family, it’s a great way to talk to each other, you can debate, discuss and laugh at the funny memes.

Learn a language: try a new language on Duolingo.  They have lots of languages and you can start basic or more advanced.

Activities to improve teen’s health during lockdown

We know Joe Wicks and Mr Russell are keeping us active in the most awesome way but if you want to go further below are some ideas to keep you healthy and active. Try them all and choose your favourites.

Just Dance: So much fun. Become advanced and challenge family members.

Free live Personal Training: live workouts and wellbeing with your own virtual personal trainer via facebook..

Yoga with Adriene: Free online course, surprisingly engaging for teenage girls but hey boys can try it too.

Headspace: Meditation and mindfulness really does work. It’s seriously good for changing how you think about things, including coronavirus anxiety.

Take Ballet lessons: English Youth Ballet are live streaming classes on Instagram. Also see this post on how to get your ballet fix in lockdown for real dance enthusiasts.

Strava a bike ride: Take your bike out and try to improve your distance on Strava. Stay local though.

Fun stuff for teens to do in lockdown

Go to the theatre: Every Thursday at 7pm National Theatre are showing free full length productions of their best shows.

See a ballet: Likewise, the Royal Ballet is uploading full productions to its YouTube page. Try Peter and the Wolf, and see where you go from there.

Online Fun Quiz : The teenager version of the virtual quiz night that’s had so much success on Facebook.

Camp out: You can have one in your back gardens with your siblings.

Make cake pops: I know, it’s just baking, but seriously, have you ever tried to make cake pops? Very fiddly, very time-consuming, very addictive once you have all the sprinkles and melted chocolate buttons to play with. Guaranteed to keep you occupied for a whole afternoon. Baking in any form can be fun especially the testing and eating part at the end.

.Crack the Rubik’s Cube: I remember doing this as a teenager?  Crack the cube, time yourself then time your family members to see who has the fastest time.

Create bespoke art for your rooms: Any budding Banksy’s out there? Firstly discuss this with your parents and come up with a plan of action. Ask your parents if there is any spare paint or ask to buy some plus a giant canvas or cardboard.  The garden may be the right place to create your masterpiece.

Spin a basketball on your fingertip: Wouldn’t it be so cool to be able to do that in a TikTok? The more practice you do the better you become.

Make a photo book: You know all those precious family photos that are in your house. Buy or design a photo/memory book of your own (ask first though) or a Year Book if you have just left school more abruptly than they were intending!

Learn to Juggle: I can do three on a good day, 😉

Plan a holiday: How hard is it to plan a holiday that the whole family will enjoy? Ask your parents for a holiday budget and away you go.

Do a virtual dive or space trip: Watch 3D underwater videos or space exploration on YouTube for a bit of escapism.

Search Rollercoaster POV: Rollercoaster videos from the perspective of the person in the front row.

Visit a museum: art galleries and museums are putting some of their collections online, so there’s an unprecedented amount of things you can now see up close without the queues! Take a look at the Natural History Museum‘s fossil exhibition – it’s very cool.

Learn an instrument: Ukuleles, harmonicas are inexpensive, Spoons are free (ask permission before you raid the cutlery draw) and you can start to learn online.

Have a Nerf gun battle: Also doubles as exercise. So much fun.

Check out the Scouts website: There are fun things for all ages including older teens.

Have a virtual film night with friends: Netflix Party allows you to watch a film with your friends – and the upside is that this time no one else can hog the popcorn.

Play Dungeons & Dragons: You can play D&D online.

Useful things for teens to do in lockdown.

Learn to read a map: One of those things you never really do with the advent of Google Maps on your phone, but fascinating once you get started. This will help with your holiday planning activity too. You can plan routes, and work out places of interest you could get to from your resort for a day trip.

Learn to sew: If you have a sewing machine you can pick up basic sewing techniques through YouTube videos. Once you’ve done that, you can create scrubs, bags and facemasks for NHS staff – how cool is that? This can be a whole family activity so get them involved too.

Learn First Aid: a brilliant general life skill; and you can also add this to your CV!

Learn to change a lightbulb or a plug: Next to making a really good cup of tea or coffee, this has to be on everyone’s need to know list.

Sew on a button, learn to iron: Similarly, this is a task everyone should learn to do for themselves before leaving home. Nothing worse than a missing button or a creased shirt.

KS4. Plan a career: research jobs you might find interesting, from pay scales and promotion paths to what’s needed at entry level.

Make a business plan: If you have a good business idea now is an ideal time to get stuck into the planning. You can find free business planning templates to guide you on the government business website.

KS4. Start a LinkedIn profile: it’s the most successful platform for building a network and finding new jobs, so you’ll need one at some point. It might as well be now.

KS4. Join a careers workshop: If you’ve no idea what you want to do with your life don’t worry. None of your parents did either when they were your age. A careers workshop might help you rule things out or in.

Whole family activities during lockdown.

Play Come Dine with Me: Everyone hosts a night, everyone gives a score. The winner gets a meal cooked for them of their choice and satisfaction of a job well done?

Complete an Escape Room: Ever done the scape room challenge, No? well now it’s possible to do it virtually. Have a look at Durham Escape Rooms for their online challenge. Teamwork is the key so get your family involved. This is really cool. No tantrums now.

Decorate a room: if unlike me your parents thought ahead and has the resources at home decorating a room can be fun and the end result extremely satisfying. It’s definitely the right time.

Play a board game: The oldies but goodies Monopoly, Cluedo always puts a smile on my face as this can be played with family members or if any of your friends has the same board game as you why not set up a virtual board game session.

Make a Time Capsule: There’s no doubt about it – now is an unprecedented time in your lives, and having something tangible to look back at in the future will be both fascinating and iconic. You’ll find some tips on how to make a time capsule worthy of the Coronavirus lockdown here.

Do a jigsaw: Have a dig around in the loft, cupboards etc. – there’s bound to be at least one. Or ask parents to buy you one. Some great ones on Amazon.

Make your own quiz: Like the board game this can be played with family, or a virtual version with friends or why not both. It’s can be a regular fixture (we do ours once a fortnight each member of the family chooses their own specialist subject and makes 10 questions for the rest of us) or choose a weekly topic. To play a virtual quiz with your friend, each friend takes it in turn to produce a quiz based on knowledge you should all know about and all of you has interests in, for example The Last Five Years of the Premier League. The possibilities are endless!

Things for teens to do in lockdown that will blow their minds;

Clean windows with newspaper, water and vinegar:  This actually works, if you don’t believe me try it and see them sparkle. Expect paper ink hands.

Make giant bubbles: The biggest are the best. Research how and Tik Tok your efforts.