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75 Fun Things for Teens to Do While Stuck in the House

Karen Frazier
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If you're a teen stuck in the house, chances are you're bored and looking for stuff to do. These fun things to do for teens can keep you entertained and help you connect with others when you can't go out. Whether you like to craft and create, move, or you are simply seeking a way to hang with friends, these 75 fun teen activities will keep you busy.

75 Fun Activities for Teens

So what are you to do during quarantine - or any other time you're unable to get out? With some creativity, you'll find plenty of fun activities for teens.

12 Ways to Play Games

Of course, you can play video games on your computer or console, but consider these other fun game activities that allow you to be social while you play. Gather your friends on your favorite conferencing platform and play some games..

  1. Host a Jackbox party. Jackbox has tons of interactive games and game packs at affordable prices available to play on Steam, consoles, and even mobile devices.
  2. Have a virtual game night. Gather with friends on your favorite video conferencing platform and play games.
  3. Learn card games with family. Ask your parents about the classic card games they used to play and have them teach you. It's amazing what you can do and how much fun time you can spend with a simple deck of cards, whether you're playing solitaire style games or group games.
  4. Create your own game. Whether you take an existing game and make it better or create your own using a game board template or a deck of cards, come up with an original game and invite family members to join you.
  5. Do a jigsaw puzzle. Want to make it harder with a puzzle you've done before? Turn it upside down (this only works for puzzles with different shaped pieces) and assemble it from shapes only.
  6. Play guess the song lyric. Gather your friends on a video conferencing app and take turns singing lyrics from different songs with your microphone turned off. Friends will try to guess what you're singing by watching your lips.
  7. Play Truth or Dare online with friends.
  8. Play Never Have I Ever online with friends.
  9. Play pranks on family members.
  10. Play Would You Rather with friends online.
  11. Get together with friends on Steam and play a game.
  12. Play virtual card games at PlayingCards.io.

12 Fun Things to Learn

Fill in the blank, "I've always wanted to learn how to ____________." Chances are, there's an online course or a YouTube video for that. So the sky's the limit. Whatever you've always wanted to learn, now's the time.

  1. Learn to juggle. All you need are three similar sized objects (probably best to start with tennis balls or rolled pairs of socks and not knives or chainsaws) and a great juggling tutorial.
  2. Learn to draw.
  3. Get good at public speaking with a public speaking class for teens on Udemy. Cost of the class is $11, but it will help you brush up on your skills.
  4. Learn to braid hair with some great braiding tutorials.
  5. Brush up on your future job skills by learning to code.
  6. Learn a new language on Duolingo.
  7. Learn American Sign Language (ASL) and finger spelling.
  8. Learn to read and write Braille online.
  9. Try some simple at-home chemistry projects using common household goods and items.
  10. Research your family's genealogy.
  11. Research family history by interviewing family members and then write a comprehensive family history from your interviews. Share with your family members.
  12. Got an instrument at home like a piano, guitar, or ukulele you've always meant to learn but never had the time? Now is the time!

10 Entertaining Ways to Connect With Others

Staying connected with friends is especially important when you're locked down. Fortunately, in today's world, it's easier to do than ever.

  1. Hold a virtual prom. Get dressed in your finest, gather online with friends, and dance to some music.
  2. Go on a simulated date.
  3. Write love letters to a special someone.
  4. Take your virtual time together to get to know one another better by asking important questions.
  5. Host a virtual watch party on your favorite streaming platform and watch a movie with your friends.
  6. Host a virtual party.
  7. Host a group drawing night. Gather on a video conferencing platform and come up with some things people can draw. Then, have everyone draw the same thing and see how you interpret it differently.
  8. Create a collaborative online scrapbook with friends sharing pictures of your activities at home, good times you've had in the past, and more.
  9. Gather friends for a night of virtual karaoke.
  10. Gather your friends for a watch party and do some bad lip reading. Turn off the movie sound, have each person take a character, and then as your character speaks, you speak the lines you think they're saying (or should be saying) for them.

22 Activities to Craft and Create

Now is a great time to get creative. You have plenty of options using technology platforms and/or stuff you have around the house to create.

  1. Make a movie. Come up with a creative script. Some movies are easier to film than others right now, such as a mockumentary, where you can have friends collaboratively record "talking heads" (on-camera interviews) on platforms like Skype or Zoom as well as live action around their houses. Then, weave it altogether with movie editing software to create your own collaborative film.
  2. Try origami. All you need is paper and cool origami project instructions, and you can spend hours learning the art of paper folding.
  3. Try needlecraft. Whether it's sewing, crochet, knitting, or another form of needlecraft, learning how to work in the textile arts is a great way to create. For example, if you wish to learn to crochet, you'll just need to learn a few basic crochet stitches to be able to work with a majority of crochet patterns.
  4. Make a music video to your favorite song. This can be something you do alone or as a collaborative online project with friends much in the same way you'd make any other type of movie.
  5. Write a short story, script, poem, or novel. Whether it's a concrete poem or a longer work, writing is a great way to create that doesn't require much special equipment.
  6. Rediscover your old building toys. Whether it's Lego, Hot Wheels tracks, K'NEX, or something else, find some of the old toys you used to spend hours with and rediscover them.
  7. Write and record a song parody.
  8. Head into your backyard with your smartphone or camera and become a wildlife photographer.
  9. If you're a musician, get ahold of some free sheet music online and learn a new piece.
  10. Keep a video diary or a written journal to document what it's like during this particular time in history.
  11. Record a podcast. Come up with a topic, connect with a friend or co-hosts online, and create your own podcast.
  12. Dig into a good cookbook and make meals for your family.
  13. Play improv games online with friends.
  14. Make salt dough and craft it into various shapes. It will make you feel like a kid again.
  15. Collaborate with friends online to create a written, photographic, or video newsletter.
  16. Create a family yearbook.
  17. Make a time capsule and bury it in your backyard.
  18. Bleach paint t-shirts, jeans, or leggings. You can freehand or stencil the designs.
  19. If you have younger siblings, build them a tree house or fort.
  20. Use fabric paint to paint plain t-shirts, tank tops, tote bags, jeans, leggings, and more.
  21. Organize photos into photo albums and scrapbooks.
  22. Build a house of cards. It's surprisingly satisfying.

8 Enjoyable Ways to Get Moving

Get up and get moving as much as possible! It's a great, fun way to spend time.

  1. Dance! Put on your favorite music and move like nobody's watching. Because nobody is.
  2. Learn a martial art. There are plenty of free, martial arts instruction videos and courses online, so pick the one that is the most appealing to you and learn it!
  3. Get your Zen on and take a free, online yoga class.
  4. Try Nia, a fun combination of martial arts, dance, and the healing arts. You can sign up for a free, trial subscription of Nia TV for 30 days.
  5. Ever wanted to learn to belly dance? You can learn belly dance free online!
  6. Learn dance routines. YouTube, TikTok, and similar platforms are loaded with free instructional videos for virtually any type of dance you'd like to learn. So pick a style of dance, head to your favorite site, and learn some new moves.
  7. Learn sport cup stacking.
  8. Have a hula hoop? Learn free hula hoop tricks!

11 Things to Watch, Read, or Listen To

Now is a great time to catch up on things like movies, books, and podcasts.

  1. Read classic books available in free online libraries.
  2. Re-read childhood favorites, such as the Harry Potter series.
  3. Find some great podcasts about something you're interested in and listen to it.
  4. Take a virtual theme park ride.
  5. Watch free classic movies online.
  6. Watch a ghost cam online and try to spot a spirit.
  7. Take free virtual tours of museums and other unique places around the world.
  8. Hold an online story hour for younger kids. Ready the story on a platform such as Zoom or Skype.
  9. Find a great script online, gather your friends on video conferencing, assign parts, and do a table reading.
  10. Create a list of trivia questions from your favorite television shows, books, and movies and host an online trivia night.
  11. Travel the world in videos.

Make the Most of Your Time

There's definitely an adjustment required to being stuck at home, but you don't need to stop doing things you love or connecting with people who are important to you. Plan lots of online activities with friends and spend the rest of the time pursuing family or solo activities that bring you joy.

75 Fun Things for Teens to Do While Stuck in the House