Hobbies for the Midsummer Slump
Hobbies for the Midsummer Slump
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, June 06, 2018 by Andilynn Feddeler

Kids of all ages love summer break, but often get bored after the first couple of weeks fly by. When kids hit that midsummer slump and start complaining about not having anything fun to do, encourage them to pick up a new hobby or project. Not everyone can afford sleepaway camps or art lessons, but there are some cheaper and generally stress-free alternatives to help cure the inevitable curse of having a 12-hour day and nowhere to go. There are hundreds of possibilities for keeping kids occupied, but these are some of the tried-and-true methods that are productive, too.

  • Painting and coloring. At first, the kids and paint combination is kind of frightening. But putting down some newspapers or setting up on the driveway can eliminate some of the risks that come with artmaking. Try printing out some coloring pages or paint-by-number worksheets, or look up a list of ideas for them to try their hand at. If they’re feeling more independent, give them some canvases and paints and let them go wild (within reason). This hobby can make some pretty cool art to hang up around the house, and will leave kids feeling proud of their work.

  • Gardening and identifying plants and bugs. If it’s not too hot, getting outside is a perfect way to keep a kid curious for hours on end. If you’re planting a vegetable garden, picking weeds, or just hanging out on the porch, encourage the kids to help you out. There are some great guides online that outline which methods and plants are best for different types of climates or goals. If planting doesn't interest him or her, and he or she would  rather pick up bugs or track what trees and bushes naturally grow in your yard, there are also some great benefits to collecting and identifying different types of nature.

  • Jewelry-making. There are endless possibilities when it comes to what kids want to put on their bodies. DIY jewelry kits are nothing new, and it’s a classic hobby for a reason: Kids like showing off what they can do. From simple, beaded necklaces to intricate friendship bracelets, there are how-to guides for everything, and every craft store has an ample selection of materials.

  • Photography and filmmaking. Pull up a simple crash course on taking pictures and set the kids loose. It’s surprising how quickly they’ll learn and adapt to suit their own style. If they’re looking for a bigger project, or would prefer to be in front of the camera, encourage them to make a home video. Invite a few friends over and film a movie! Setting up lines, props, scenery, and more can be very challenging, but the outcome is extremely rewarding.

  • Coding and website-making. If you can’t tear them away from the screen, there are still plenty of productive hobbies to take up on the computer. Kids can discover how to code or create their own space online. There are plenty of tutorials and services, even some free ones, to aid the learning process.

There are so many more interesting and unique hobbies out there that allow kids to be independent and creative. Of course, there may be some trial and error before something sticks, but when it does, it’s all the more fulfilling. Once a kid finds something he or she is interested in, there’ll be less “I’m bored” and more “Look at this!” to look forward to for the rest of the summer.