Tweens are imaginative creatures and girls are especially active. Many tween girls love projects, activities, and keeping busy in general.
You might find that your daughter gets bored on summer break or during the winter holidays. It’s also possible that she is looking for projects to conquer throughout the year—on weekends or when friends sleep over. Keeping her busy can also be productive and teach valuable lessons about health, safety, and the value of exercise.
If your daughter is always looking for fun activities, we have a few that you can suggest for her to consider. Some don’t require a whole lot of time, while others will require a little more planning. They're all fun and sure to spark her creativity.
Fun With Friends
There are so many fun things tween girls can do as a group. If your daughter's best friends are running out of ideas or seem a little bored, encourage her to try one of these activities.
- Start a new club with a group of friends that share an interest.
- Write a play and get friends to help produce the show.
- Visit a thrift store and find something for all of her friends. Then have a lunch party and give them their gifts.
- Host a science fair for friends. Give them an invite to the fair and pass out goody bags.
- Invite friends over for a formal dinner party. Have her plan the menu and prepare the meal herself.
- Organize a backyard Olympics for a group of friends. Offer medals and cold drinks, then have a barbecue to end the ceremony
Learn Something New
Tweens are at the perfect stage to learn anything and it doesn't always have to happen at school. Learning how to do something new is a great way for girls to explore their interests, challenge themselves, and dive deeper into their favorite subjects.
- Find and read three new novels.
- Study a foreign language.
- Learn how to crochet or sew. Make something simple such as a scarf or a pillow.
- Set a summer goal and then work every day to make it happen.
- Learn about three dream jobs she'd like to do when she grows up.
- Find out how mascara is made.
- Make a mobile of the universe. Do the research online first, then use recycled items to create the planets and the sun.
- Research fashions from different decades. Find examples and create a scrapbook that shows how fashion has changed and how society influenced fashion.
- Pick a famous woman from history and research her life. Find out about her accomplishments and then write a biography of her.
The creativity level in tween girls is quite amazing. Nurture your daughter's ingenuity and encourage her to take on a few projects that let her explore her imagination, talents, and sense of style.
- Write a book or a poem.
- Sketch or paint your family pet.
- Create an original comic strip.
- Learn to play a new instrument.
- Create a scrapbook to be shared with friends.
- Redecorate her room using items she already owns.
- Write a story about your family pet, create a video about it and upload it to YouTube.
- Make a spoof of a favorite television show. Capture it on video and then show it during family movie night.
Health and Wellness
It's important for young girls to feel confident about themselves and learning how to take care of her mind and body is a great way to do that.
- Write in a journal every day. Journaling can help your tween deal with stress and prioritize her goals and time. She may really enjoy learning about bullet journaling as well.
- Learn to ride a bike or a skateboard. Be sure to emphasize safety and the benefits of exercise and outdoor activities.
- Create a fitness routine to do every day.
- Train for a 5K race. Research safe training techniques as well as how to set goals and stay healthy.
- Think up dinner menus for a week and then make them and freeze them for the family. Be sure to focus on nutrition and the benefits of healthy eating.
- Get a head start on the new school year by figuring out what she’d like to change about herself, and then do it.
Just as important as her personal health, it's good to encourage tweens to be compassionate toward others. It may be people she cares for or complete strangers, but learning how to care for the well-being everyone is an important life lesson.
- Make a homemade gift for a friend or a neighbor.
- Volunteer at the local library.
- Do something thoughtful for every member of the family.
- Cheer up a family member who is in the dumps.
- Make a list of all the things that make your family great and unique. Share them at a family dinner.
- Tutor a younger child.
- Clean out that collection of stuffed animals and donate unwanted ones to charity
Useful and Fun
Some activities are simply done for fun, but they also have a usefulness that gives your daughter a feeling of accomplishment.
- Try to get into the Guinness Book of World Records by doing something cool.
- Start a blog on a topic of interest.
- Find a job and save up for something special.
- Figure out how to help the family cut the electricity bill, then develop a plan to do it.