How to Defeat Boredom This Summer

Creative, Inexpensive Ways to Entertain Yourself When School’s Out

By Lily Fleenor

Lily, 15, just completed her sophomore year at Franklin High School. She enjoys video editing, production and graphic design.

Going from the stressful months of school to the relaxing months of summer break can be exciting and fun, but, at the same time – boring.

It’s hard to know how to keep yourself busy. Sure, going to the pool every day sounds fun at first, but it can get old fast. Going to camps every week are great, but that can be a financial struggle.

Here are some fun, inexpensive ways to keep yourself busy throughout your summer.


Embrace your creative side

During the school year, we often get so lost in the routine of schoolwork and grades that we forget to do our own projects. This could be many different things: painting a self portrait, building cool architecture out of clay, or writing a poem or short story. Getting together with friends or exploring your imagination by yourself can be a great way to spend your time this summer.

Want a creative project that also teaches inclusivity and embraces diversity? Check out our step-by-step instructions for how to create your own “signs of acceptance” prints.


Read a book or magazine

Regardless of your interests, books can be a great way to inspire your imagination. At first learning in the summer may seem boring, but by learning something you’re interested by way of a book or magazine can be very interesting.

  1. Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper: 11-year-old Melody is easily the smartest kid in her grade, but because she can’t talk, walk, or write, no one knows it.
  2. Are you there God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume: 6th grader Margaret explores issues associated with puberty, sexuality, and religion.
  3. Teen Vogue – Explore cool articles and activities for girls

Want more? Here’s a complete list of book recommendations for girls from our friends at Parnassus book store in Nashville.


Build a fort

At first, building a cool fort may seem rather childish, but forts can be beautiful and a lot of fun. Choose your location either outside or inside, and enjoy your new clubhouse. Hang out alone, or invite friends and family.

Here’s a whole Pinterest search of blanket forts.

Want other ways to enjoy the outdoors? Here’s a list of outdoor activities we developed in celebration of Earth Day that are good for the whole year, including summer.


Make a new meal

Most of us have a cookbook at home. During the summer, pick out a new recipe to make with family or friends. It is also a fun idea to challenge yourself to make a whole meal just out of ingredients you already have in your house. Share your masterpiece with your family. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find a new go-to meal.


No matter what plans you have this summer, make sure to relax and take you mind off of school.

Have fun this summer!

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