75+ Activities and Crafts for Teens & Tweens That Won’t Get Eye Rolls, Sighs, or Grunts

Karen Patten

Spoiler Alert: I scoured the web and found some of the most awesome creative ideas and inspirations for art projects, fun crafts, games, and activities that work for all children – from kids, to tweens, to teenagers. These are truly beautiful art projects and super fun crafts for teens and tweens, games, and activities that your entire family will love!  Are you looking for terrific and creative summer activities for kids that will get them off a screen, like I was? I shared all the great DIY ideas that I found right here and I also love that you can use so many of these ideas to make handmade gifts for friends. #actsofkindness

Do you ever get giddy thinking about how close you came to missing a really special moment? Well, for me, this post is that really special moment. Almost missed. And here’s why.

I’m just not the Pinterest mom searching for crafts for teens and tweens or the crafty mom at all. You wouldn’t want to see ANY crafts or even ideas for crafts for teens or tweens that I would come up with. I can jam on some process – but credible results? Not so much. I can follow instructions – but that’s where my crafty talent ends. Trust me on this. #notmyskillset

But…I do completely rock the investigation and researching skill set. And I decided to do some planned (planning is also generally not my strong suit) activities with my boys this summer. So I started looking around for arts, games, activities or crafts for teens and/or tweens that we would enjoy this summer.

I scoured the web and found some of the most awesome creative ideas and inspirations for art projects, fun crafts, games, and activities that work for all children - from kids, to tweens, to teenagers. These are truly crafts for teens and tweens, games, activities, and art projects for teens and tweens that your entire family will love!  Are you looking for terrific and creative summer activities for kids that will get them off a screen, like I was? I shared all the great DIY ideas that I found right here and I also love that you can use so many of these ideas to make handmade gifts for friends. #craftsforteens #tweens #artsandcrafts www.themidlifemamas.com

Summer Activities for Teens & Tweens

Summer. That glorious time of the year when moms don’t have schedules and the kids joyfully play together without incident. Or, maybe you’ve given your kids an 80’s summer – they leave the house in the morning and don’t come home until dinner and you and your gal pals sip margaritas by the pool?

Ok – let’s get real. My boys will play together peacefully for about…hmmm…15 minutes? It wasn’t until after I found all this awesomeness that it hit me. I should be sharing this with  you!!!! So – that’s how we almost missed this beautiful togetherness.

Summer activities, games, and crafts seemed like a better idea than getting into a Pokemon card game since moms have no chance of winning or of even having minute success. Ever. Because the rules continually change. I digress. Back to arts and crafts for teens and tweens. I couldn’t believe how many great ideas I was able to find – there’s something here for every mood, every weather disaster, every tween or teen, boys or girls, and there are even enough ideas here to use one idea for each day of the summer. And you’ll have some left over.

Here they are – the activities and crafts for teens and tweens that I found to keep the kiddos occupied – hopefully with a little less screen time and a little more sane time for you:

Art Projects Everyone Will Love

I scoured the web and found some of the most awesome creative ideas and inspirations for art projects, fun crafts, games, and activities that work for all children - from kids, to tweens, to teenagers. These are truly crafts for teens and tweens, games, activities, and art projects for teens and tweens that your entire family will love!  Are you looking for terrific and creative summer activities for kids that will get them off a screen, like I was? I shared all the great DIY ideas that I found right here and I also love that you can use so many of these ideas to make handmade gifts for friends. #craftsforteens #tweens #artsandcrafts www.themidlifemamas.com

Tile Art for Kids, Natural Beach Living (pictured above)

Leaf Print on a T-Shirt, Live the Old Way

Cane Pole Whistles, Live the Old Way

Marbled Paper, Creating Creatives

Homemade Silks Dyed, Health, Home & Happiness

Sharpie Tie Dye T-Shirts, Natural Beach Living

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Cool Crafts for Teens & Tweens

I scoured the web and found some of the most awesome creative ideas and inspirations for art projects, fun crafts, games, and activities that work for all children - from kids, to tweens, to teenagers. These are truly crafts for teens and tweens, games, activities, and art projects for teens and tweens that your entire family will love!  Are you looking for terrific and creative summer activities for kids that will get them off a screen, like I was? I shared all the great DIY ideas that I found right here and I also love that you can use so many of these ideas to make handmade gifts for friends. #craftsforteens #tweens #artsandcrafts www.themidlifemamas.com

Painted Rock Photo Holder, Buggy and Buddy (pictured above)

Spring Chick Succulent Container, Meraki Mother

DIY Stone Ring  |   American Flag Ring, Red Ted Art

DIY Stone Pendants  |  Quilled Watermelon Pendant  |   Ring Pull Tab Bracelets, Red Ted Art

Paper Mache Summer Fruit Bowls,  |  Panda Quilling DIY Coaster Project, Red Ted Art

Shoelace Ladder Bracelet for Tweens, Childhood 101

Pyramid Art, Teaching Without Chairs

Cork Charm Necklace, Creating Creatives

Mermaid Necklace DIY, Creating Creatives

Lava Bead Diffuser Jewelry, Projects with Kids

Stamped Polymer Clay Necklaces, Projects with Kids

Soda Straw Weaving, There’s Just One Mommy

Duct Tap Sit Upon Craft, There’s Just One Mommy

How to Make a Corn Husk Doll, There’s Just One Mommy

Make Your Own Squishies, Buggy and Buddy

Washi Tape Book Marks, Typically Simple

Corner Bookmark Felt Craft, Typically Simple

Duct Tape Emoji Bookmarks, Schooling a Monkey

Historic Style Dolls Quilts, Craft Moms Share

Pirate Perler Patterns, |  Star Wars R2-D2 Perler Patterns, |  Minecraft Creeper Perler Bead Pattern, Brain Powered Boy

Easy Homemade Earring Holder, Turning the Clock Back

Easy Rainbow Craft Magnets, Turning the Clock Back

Make a CD Spinning Top, Buggy and Buddy

Fabric Batik Art Craft for Kids, Thimble and Twig

Unicorn Dream Catcher, Craft Bits

Adorable Unicorn Tote Bag, Craft Bits

Bottle Cap Magnets, Long Wait for Isabella

Perler Bead Flowers, Long Wait for Isabella

DIY Bath Bombs for Kids, See Vanessa Craft

Hedgehog Craft, Schooling a Monkey

Shrinky Dinks Jointed Robot, Laly Mom

DIY Gifts for Friends, Laly Mom

Sunprints, Creative Family Fun

Koala Bookmark, Creative Family Fun

Related Post You May Also Like: 50 Creative Things to Do When You Aren’t Creative


Outdoor Activities with Teens and Tweens

I scoured the web and found some of the most awesome creative ideas and inspirations for art projects, fun crafts, games, and activities that work for all children - from kids, to tweens, to teenagers. These are truly crafts for teens and tweens, games, activities, and art projects for teens and tweens that your entire family will love!  Are you looking for terrific and creative summer activities for kids that will get them off a screen, like I was? I shared all the great DIY ideas that I found right here and I also love that you can use so many of these ideas to make handmade gifts for friends. #craftsforteens #tweens #artsandcrafts www.themidlifemamas.com

DIY Flower Press, Gluestick Blog (pictured above)

10 Coolest Games & Activities for Boys Who Love to Tinker , Mom. Life. Balanced.

Rock Painting Ideas, Healthy, Happy, Thrifty Family

Trail Marking / Scavenger Hunt, There’s Just One Mommy

Zentangle Rocks, KCEdventures

The Cutest Stinkin’ Ladybug Hotel DIY, Pink Fortitude

Easy DIY Bird Feeder, Animallama

Get Outside with the Kids & Hide Painted Rocks!, Long Wait for Isabella

Flower Pot Garden Wind Chimes, Thimble and Twig

Creating a Pollinator Garden, Outdoor Families

Sidewalk Paint Rockets, Gluestick Blog

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Super Science-y Things for Teens to Do (Tweens Too!)

I scoured the web and found some of the most awesome creative ideas and inspirations for art projects, fun crafts, games, and activities that work for all children - from kids, to tweens, to teenagers. These are truly crafts for teens and tweens, games, activities, and art projects for teens and tweens that your entire family will love!  Are you looking for terrific and creative summer activities for kids that will get them off a screen, like I was? I shared all the great DIY ideas that I found right here and I also love that you can use so many of these ideas to make handmade gifts for friends. #craftsforteens #tweens #artsandcrafts www.themidlifemamas.com

Chromatography Art Project, Buggy and Buddy (pictured above)

DIY Paper Circuit Board Games, Share It! Science News

Solar Oven, Share It! Science News

Easy Science Experiments for Kids, Gluestick Blog

Galaxy Slime, Schooling a Monkey

Egg Drop Challenge,   |  Model Magic Slime, |  How to Make a Cartesian Diver, Buggy and Buddy

Sun Print T-shirt, KCEdventures

Build the Eiffel Tower, KCEdventures

Blue Cotton Candy Slime, The Soccer Mom Blog

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Games & Activities With Teens & Tweens

I scoured the web and found some of the most awesome creative ideas and inspirations for art projects, fun crafts, games, and activities that work for all children - from kids, to tweens, to teenagers. These are truly crafts for teens and tweens, games, activities, and art projects for teens and tweens that your entire family will love!  Are you looking for terrific and creative summer activities for kids that will get them off a screen, like I was? I shared all the great DIY ideas that I found right here and I also love that you can use so many of these ideas to make handmade gifts for friends. #craftsforteens #tweens #artsandcrafts www.themidlifemamas.com

Everything You Need to Know About Squirt Painting, Fireflies and Mudpies (pictured above)

10 Coolest Games & Activities for Boys Who Love to Tinker , Mom. Life. Balanced.

The Best Restaurant Waiting Game, Money Wise Moms

Archery for Kids, What’s Up Fagans?

Balloon Archery Games, Brain Powered Boy

Write Your Own Haiku, Craft Moms Share

Invisible Ink / Secret Code, There’s Just One Mommy

Journal Kit for Kids, 100 Directions

DIY Zen Gardens for Kids, Projects with Kids

Shaving Cream Battle, Fireflies and Mudpies

DIY Water Sponge Bombs, Stylish Cravings

How to Make Sushi at Home with Kids, Mama Smiles

Related Post You May Also Like: 10 Coolest Games & Activities for Boys Who Love to Tinker


Pick A Few Activities and Ditch the Tech for a Day

One reason that I began to look for these activities is that I feel that, as a family, we are overwhelmed by tech and the intensity that it brings. So, I picked out a few additional resources for you that might be helpful:

Resources:

How to Minimize The Tween Intensity in Your Life

The Most Important Thing Your Tween Needs to Be Happy & Confident (Backed By Science

Transform Awkward Conversations with Your Tween

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2 Comments

  1. Monika on May 27, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    A great list for when we have no idea which creative activity to do with the kids 🙂



    • Karen Patten on May 27, 2018 at 10:46 pm

      Enjoy! Have a great summer!



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