Tweens are imaginative and active creatures, and most tween girls love projects, activities, and keeping busy in general. But despite being a fountain of energy and thought, 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 with engaging or sometimes challenging activities can not only be productive, it can also teach valuable lessons about health, safety, and the benefits of exercise.
Have Fun With Friends
There are many entertaining things tween girls can do as a group. If your daughter and her 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 each 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. As an added challenge, 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 cookout to conclude the ceremony.
Learn Something New
Tweens are at the perfect stage in life to learn just about 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, and 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.
- Make a mobile of the universe. Do the research online first, then use recycled items to create the planets and the sun.
- Research art, music, or fashion from different decades. Find examples and create a scrapbook that shows how trends have changed and how they influence (and are influenced by) society.
- 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 an accompanying video, and upload it online.
- Make a spoof of a favorite television show. Capture it on video and then show it during family movie night.
Promote Health and Wellness
It's important for young girls to feel confident about themselves. Learning how to take care of their minds and bodies 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. This can involve people she already cares for or complete strangers, but learning how to care for the well-being of 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 collections of stuffed animals or clothes and donate many of the items to charity.
Do Something 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 or vlog on a topic of interest.
- Find a job and save up for something special.
- Figure out how to help the family cut its electricity bill, then develop a plan to do it.
- Build something—a piece of furniture for the bedroom, a lapdesk to study on, bookends, a jewelry holder. Use found and recycled materials as much as possible.