Kids are bored

We have struck the mid-summer lull. If it were a typical July, which it hasn’t been, we might call this time the “dog days of summer” when the days are sultry and tacky and those beautifully cool autumn evenings could not come quicker. Here in the midwest, we’re still waiting for the 80-degree days to stick around long enough to catch a sun tan.

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However, we’ve reached the point where our evenings are stockpiled with activities, vacations and other commitments from now til Labor Day, while the weekdays are rather mundane and lagging. Younger kids have day camp or special interest camps because of their favorite sports to look forward to, while their parents set up play dates and pool parties.
As a child, I remember days once the summer got downright boring because of the lack of activities I had planned to get a summer break. My mother would yell at us to turn off the TV and go play outside. Into my adolescent years, summer break got a bit more interesting with buddies to hang out with, preferably those with cars
However, between those day camp years and the free-flying teenage years, many parents may be wondering about things for tweens to perform during the summer break. What age is a tween? Generally tweens are between grade school and high school – too old for some things and too young for others.
So here’s a couple of ideas for quick summer crafts for your tweens, if they’re babysitting the neighborhood kids or having a fun day to themselves. You shouldn’t ever run out of things for tweens to perform during the summer break!
1. Get artistic with your favorite summer journal – decorate the cover with colorful beads and fabrics – and take notes in style as you sit on the beach writing about life lessons learned the hard way. Create a summertime scrapbook page that documents your family holiday and fun hangouts with friends. Do it the old-fashioned way with magazine cut-outs and cololrful markers so that you don’t need to drop a ton of money on scrapbooking supplies! For the crochet-crowd on the market, make your own summer tote bag using a free crochet pattern you can find online at Favecrafts.
4. What woman does not love it? Pick up some colorful beads and appropriate sterling silver wires at your local craft store and have a ball creating your own bracelets, earrings and necklaces.
5. Recycled aluminum coffee cans can be decorated and used to your next major barbecue at the house. Covering the cans with decorative fabric will change the aluminum into fancy silverware and napkin holders for the outdoors.
6. Have fun in the garden! Satellite Beach Rat RemovalIf you are a gardening family, have your tweens create garden creatures using clay pots. A fun little turtle just takes 3 different sized pots stacked on top of each other. Paint it green and decorate it to be the adorable little garden creature that it is.
7. At age 12 I had started collecting candles of all kinds. Try creating your own beeswax candles by buying beeswax honeycomb texture sheets in the craftstore along with several inches of wick. Candles are cool, but even cooler when they’re handmade.
8. If your tweens are babysitting, have them create beverage coasters using old bottle caps and gluing them to circular pieces of foam.
9. Scour the house for old jewelry, using funky shapes and dimensions, see what you can create using the things you’ve found. Consider taking some of it apart and creating new and improved pieces!
10. Last, your children are entering a new phase in their lives, whether they’re 10, 11, 12 or even 13. So today could be a good time to make an inspiration journal which compiles things they’re interested in and things that inspire them. Go through magazines and be creative with it it’ll be a fun memento to return on!

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