Healthy and fun activities for teens may sound like a lot of work for some and easy peasy for others. For me, I lean more on a lot of work on my end. I have 1 young adult, 2 teens, and 1 child. Rounding them up to do an activity isn’t always a unanimous hooray. But I still want to keep them busy and active.
However, this past year and a half, it has been a challenge to go outdoors. We have been indoors most of the time, mostly to stay safe. Cabin fever has hit us many days, and tensions have risen on other days.
I refuse to call it quits before the school year begins.
Here are 6 Healthy and Fun Activities for you and your teens.
I know you may be thinking, exercise… no way. Hear me out. If you’ve read my “adding exercise” post, you know I’m working on incorporating physical activity into my new routine. Why not have our teens join us? They are old enough to do all the workouts with us with no modifications. If you have boys, you can make it a competition with who can do more reps. If you have girls, you can work on the body parts they want to make lean and toned.
Have your teen pick a new vegetable and have them cook it with you.
I know this might also be a challenge, especially if your teen doesn’t like to cook. But if they choose it, they might be inclined to cook it. It’s always good to try new vegetables in your diet. Remember the rainbow. Try to vary your vegetables, so you eat all the different colors of the rainbow.
Life Tip: Remind them that cooking is a skill we all need to learn. We don’t want to live on ramen noodles!
Have a nerf gun war
This one is sure to be a winner. Who doesn’t like to fight with nerf guns? You can do this inside your house or in your backyard. I prefer the backyard for the space, but if you don’t have a backyard, you can turn off some lights in your house and let loose. With most of the lights off, it’s easier to hide and attack.
Check out https://frugalfun4boys.com. Sarah has great fun ideas with nerf guns.
Make popsicles together.
I don’t care how old we are; we all like popsicles. Having your teen be a part of making and deciding on the flavor will make it more enjoyable. Different shape molds will make it even more fun. I still have animal shapes, special characters, and outer space molds from when my kids were younger. My teens still love them.
Cheat Tip: You can use your teen’s favorite fruit juice and pour it into the molds. Whenever possible, use 100% organic juice.
Nature trail scavenger hunt
Another physical activity that brings you outdoors but not around a crowd of people. You can enjoy the beauty that is nature and the sounds of God’s creation. By adding the scavenger hunt, you create a list of things to find. This will help them to focus on nature and not complain they are walking too much.
Cook their favorite meal
I don’t mean you cook their favorite meal. This one, your teen picks out their favorite meal and cooks it themselves. Have them work through the whole process of; creating the shopping list, purchasing the list of food, and cooking the meal. This will give them a small perspective of what we moms and dads do to provide a daily meal for them.
Extra points: Try to put a healthy spin on it. If they choose pizza, buy fresh pizza dough, organic mozzarella cheese, and organic pizza sauce. All optional toppings should be organic as well.
I hope these suggestions are a hit for you and your teens. I will definitely work through these before the new school year.
If you tried these activities, please let me know how they went in the comments below.
Do you have any fun and healthy activities that your teens enjoy?
Please share them in the comments below. I’d love new ideas to incorporate into our family time.