Top 60 Hobbies for Teenagers Who Want to Try Something New (Challenging and Fun)

Introduction

Teenagers (both guys and girls) are often full of pent-up energy due to developmental and hormonal changes.

This is the perfect time to take up a hobby as most teens will want to harness that extra energy to have fun or to try new things.

If you want to get super technical, it’s also a great age to learn something new because the brain is still “plastic” meaning it can make changes and learn things with relative ease compared to someone who’s older.

If that sounds tantalizing then keep reading on for some exciting ideas to keep you entertained all year round.


60 Pastimes and Hobbies for Bored Teenagers (Liven up Your Day)

1. Photography

Photography is an expressive and creative hobby that can help you channel ideas or thoughts that are hard to put into words.

Unlike painting, it isn’t a physical skill which means basically anyone can try it without much practice.

Though, it does have a huge learning curve meaning it’ll keep you busy for years so you can maximize your potential to take the perfect shot.

Most teens already have a camera — in their pockets with their smartphones!

However, we recommend investing or asking your family to help you invest in a proper DSLR camera kit so you can take your hobby to the next level.

You can find out more about the costs associated with photography.

2. Learn to DJ

DJ’ing is another creative and expressive pastime that requires some technical expertise to manipulate and blend soundtracks together for parties or even as a career.

Most people who learn to DJ eventually move into music production as the skills are easily transferrable and can increase your enjoyment by giving you another creative outlet.

You don’t need much other than a pair of decks, however, there are also programs such as Virtual DJ that emulate what decks do through your computer meaning you don’t always need the physical kit either.

Most DJs end up with a combination of different equipment, both virtual and physical.

It’s easy to get started as there are plenty of tutorials on YouTube which are free and available always.

3. Drone Flying

Ever wanted to be a pilot? Well, now you can by flying a drone.

In fact, drones are taking off (quite literally) as one of the most popular hobbies of the new decade.

It’s hard to imagine a world without drones now, they’re so populous within major industries and as a pastime.

Most commonly, drones are used to film (usually) hard-to-film shots such as landscape shots or flying over treacherous terrain.

This makes them a great addition to any budding videographer’s repertoire of essential items, however, we think they’re just fun to play with anyway.

If you’re not sure, then why not get a cheap drone first to test out if you like them? Just make sure to stick to your local regulations.

4. Kayaking

Kayaking is becoming much more popular as an activity, especially since the world is heating up and people are wanting to get out onto the water on a hot, summer’s day.

Sit-in kayaks are the perfect way to do this, though, they can be a little expensive depending on your needs.

They’re great for coasting around calm rivers and lakes, especially since they allow you to view the water from a different perspective.

As a teen, it’s important that you put some emphasis on safety first, especially since it’s easy to become stuck in challenging situations out on the water.

We always recommend telling friends and family where you are, and taking lessons in kayaking before you really give this a go.

5. Squash

Squash is an arena-based racquet sport that pitches you against one other person (usually a friend).

It’s high octane and high adrenaline and will keep your heart pumping non-stop as you seek to decimate your opponent by lobbing the ball back to them as much as possible without missing.

Most people play squash at a squash court (duh), however, it’s quite possible to make your own depending on how much space you have at home.

Either way, this is a great activity to have some fun with a friend or family member whilst allowing you to flex your competitiveness.

6. Dancing

Dance is the perfect hobby for personalities that appreciate creativeness and physical beauty.

There are hundreds of different dance styles to try which is probably what makes it so tantalizing; the possibilities are really endless and you can do it pretty much wherever you feel like it.

In fact, most people end up attending dance classes as it will help you familiarize yourself with some of the standard industry practices (such as stretching), and will include teaching you some more complicated movements that might be hard to grasp without an example.

Bear in mind, YouTube is a great tool for learning dance moves for free, especially if you want to gain some confidence before attending a class.

Either way, it’s an excellent way to have some fun and can be a great way to stay physically in shape.

7. Collecting

Collecting is the quintessential king of hobbies where you’ll be able to start a collection in pretty much anything you feel like.

Most commonly, people collect stamps, bottles, and cards, however, you can collect basically anything, even unusual things like chemical elements or lottery tickets.

There doesn’t have to be a point to your collecting either, other than to satisfy your need for completionism.

Some collecting types are so vast, that it’s basically impossible to collect everything — this is perfect for someone who likes to engage in something over years rather than just a few months.

In fact, you can collect alongside other hobbies and we often recommend doing so as you may find other things you want to collect.

8. E-Scootering

Electric vehicles are likely to be the future mode of transport around the world, especially since there’s now a global effort to reduce our carbon emissions.

E-scooters are a great way to get started with those efforts and they’re actually reasonably cheap too.

They also give decent mileage, with some allowing you to travel up to 80km on just a single charge.

They also move rather quickly too with some of them capable of reaching 40-50km/h, though, we recommend exercising some caution and good safety practice first.

Depending on your country, most e-scooters are currently in the trial phase for major cities, meaning it’s important to get to grips with your local regulations first.

With that said, you’ll always be able to use them on private land regardless of where you are, especially if you just want something fun to do to pass some time.

9. Martial Arts

As a kid, you may have thought martial arts was for fighting other people and devastating your opponent, however, it’s actually about self-discipline and transferring those practices into everyday life.

Martial arts teaches you structure and gives you something to channel your energy into.

As a sport, it allows you to flex your competitive side and can be a great way to represent your country such as at the Olympics.

Yes, it’s true that martial arts can be used for fighting, but rather to defend yourself instead of going out of your way to hurt another person.

Essentially, it’s an insurance policy that you’ll be able to handle yourself in a physical situation if the need was ever to arise.

For those who want something a little more physical and energetic, this is the perfect hobby for a feisty teen.

10. Singing

Most kids and teens dream of singing, but most never realize their passions until it’s too late.

If you enjoy singing or think you’d like to start practicing, we recommend attending singing classes to guide you through some of the technicalities of what it takes to be a great singer.

For fun, we recommend grabbing a karaoke machine as you’ll be able to practice at home and have some fun with friends.

Most karaoke machines come with pre-loaded songs, however, some allow you to connect wirelessly (via Bluetooth) so you can use it as a speaker.

If you want to familiarize yourself with the hobby before you try it, why not go to YouTube to educate yourself around the topic?

11. Gaming

Is there anything more deeply rooted in modern culture than gaming?

It’s probably the most popular hobby of all time, aside from watching TV which still naturally has the advantage of being in nearly everyone’s home.

Gaming as a hobby has the power to transport us to distant, fantastical worlds, and allows us to carry out activities that simply wouldn’t be possible in the real world.

This type of entertainment takes you from being the observer (such as watching movies) to the main star of the show.

The game world is your world, and it’s up to you with what you do in it.

Connect with millions or play solo, the possibilities are endless.

If you want to know more, why not check out our dedicated gaming section that raises the topic of different gaming questions in-depth?

12. Start a YouTube Channel

YouTube has become the de facto way to stay entertained for billions of people worldwide.

It’s also one of the most widely used mediums for solving issues, learning how to do something, and so you know what’s going to be in the box when you receive a shiny new product.

Instead of being the viewer, why not become a YouTube content creator?

Millions have already dabbled in this pastime, especially since it’s a great way to make some passive income on the side.

Though, we recommend focusing on the subject and the things you enjoy and the money should follow naturally.

13. Miniature Painting

Painting is fun but it doesn’t give you much guidance on what to do.

With miniatures, the idea is simple; you’re filling in the colors of the miniatures or figurines you’re painting.

This may sound simple, but it’s really satisfying and there are quite a few choices for what color you paint your figurines with.

Warhammer is perhaps one of the most common types of miniatures that are sold around the world, though you should be able to find quite a few depending on where you look.

14. Clay Sculpting

As a teen, there’s probably nothing more tantalizing than getting your hands messy whilst having fun.

Clay sculpting, although messy, is actually a really creative, paced pastime that will allow you to create beautiful objects and ornaments.

Some of the best sculptors can create lifelike statues, masks, and even faces that look so real you could swear you saw them blink.

Painting is physical but it doesn’t quite give you the hands-on approach that clay sculpting does, and that’s why it ranks so high on our list of fun things to do as a teenager.

All you need is some sculpting clay and sculpting tools and you’re good to go.

Don’t forget to check out YouTube for free, instructional videos on how to get started in clay sculpting.

15. Baking

If you’ve ever baked cookies or cupcakes with your family then you’ll know how fun it can be.

You can add lots of wonderful ingredients like cocoa powder, grated ginger, and even more exotic ingredients like saffron to spice up your baked goods.

As a baker, it’s never been easier to get started as you can literally use tools like a cupcake maker to simplify the process.

Once you get better you can start branching out without needing to use specific tools like this, but it’s a great way to spend the day and can yield some tasty treats to snack on afterward.

Just don’t forget to invite your friends along to bask in your baking awesomeness.

16. Journaling

As a teen of the modern age, you’re likely to be exposed to tons of information every day, and that’s set to grow exponentially as our devices become more interconnected with our lives, including the information they take from us.

Because of this, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and that’s why we recommend journaling so you can empty your thoughts out into something permanent without having to think about them constantly.

A journal is a great way to self-reflect and can help you to spot certain patterns or trends in your life that you may or may not want to change.

Other than that, journaling is a good way to document your daily musings and can be something very interesting to look back on later in life as you grow as a person.

All you need is a journal and something to write with and you can get started pretty much straight away.

17. Crochet

Ever wanted to get into textile work but thought it was too complicated?

Why not try crochet?

It’s a lite version of knitting and garment making, yet still offers that satisfying feeling of completion when you’ve woven some outfit pieces.

Better yet, it comes in really handy for Christmas gifts or for birthdays as you’ll be able to weave up hats, scarves, jumpers, and even things like tea cozies for teapots.

All you need is a crochet kit to get started and some guidance; we recommend using YouTube as there are thousands of free video tutorials on how to get started.

18. Listen to Music (and make playlists)

Yes, teens, listening to music is most definitely a hobby.

It’s probably something you already dedicate time to, but it’s great not to underestimate its powers.

Listening to music can help us channel those emotions that are sometimes hard to tap into and can help us to reflect on certain moments in our life.

It also helps us to channel our thoughts forward and gives us images of the future and what we want our life to turn out like.

Yes, that’s the power of music, and it’s a great hobby.

19. Listen to Podcasts

Podcasts are becoming a popular medium for news, entertainment, and even cutting-edge topics such as the latest information in science and tech.

You can listen to them on Spotify, YouTube, and even some other niche streaming platforms such as Luminary.

Some of the most popular podcasts include submissions from Joe Rogan, Lex Fridman, Jocko Willink, and Rich Roll.

Typically, they discuss a range of topics such as politics, society, finance, and even conspiracies.

As a teen, it’s easy to surround yourself with isolated opinions as most people who choose to be your friend will have similar interests; this can be detrimental though as conversation typically becomes an echo chamber of unoriginal thought.

If you want to shake up your mindset or philosophies then we highly recommend taking up podcast listening as a hobby.

20. Urban Exploration

Most people fantasize about wandering the countryside or getting back to nature, however, the streets and cities that we usually inhabit can offer lots of great architecture to look at, and plenty of places to explore.

For example, the city Paris, in France, has miles and miles of underground tunnels that are abandoned and can offer a unique exploratory experience for any budding adventurer.

Athens (in Greece) still weaves old ruins and architecture with some of the most modern feats of structural engineering which is a unique sight to behold.

It’s easy to underestimate the urban landscape, but look closer and you’ll find beautiful things.

As a caveat, if you’re a young teen, we highly advise going around with an adult to ensure your safety.

21. Skateboarding

There’s nothing that screams teenager as much as skateboarding does, and that’s because it’s become synonymous with youth culture all across the world.

That’s not to say that adults can’t do it, but teenagers are typically more resistant to bounces, knocks, and falls that most older folk can’t be bothered to contend with.

As a hobby, it’ll keep you fit, and is a great way to meet like-minded folks.

You’ll also be happy to know that skateboarding is a relatively cheap hobby meaning you won’t have to spend an arm and a leg.

Make sure to check out some of the most popular questions about skateboarding if you’re curious.

22. Survivalism/Prepping

If you like the idea of getting to grips with the outdoors and nature, then you might enjoy survivalism or becoming a prepper.

In case you didn’t know, prepping is a hobby (a way of life for some) where you’ll be using survival skills to safeguard yourself against future disasters.

You’ll be building bunkers, stocking up on tinned foods, building off-grid power sources, and even hunting for your own food.

Most people enjoy this way of life because it allows you to test everything that’s central to being human; adapting and overcoming problems.

As a hobby and lifestyle, survivalism is extremely vast and incorporates other skills such as foraging, hunting, and building — we recommend spending some time with other preppers to get an idea of what to expect.

23. Diorama Creation

Making dioramas is a great way to have fun as a creative teen, especially since you’ll be using a mixture of skills to make these miniature worlds.

And in essence, that’s what a diorama is, a miniature slice of history, a fantasy world, or some other kind of moment captured in this scaled-down model.

There’s not really a set way to make a diorama, you can be as varied or as creative as you like.

Most people start with something simple, then eventually work their way up to something more complex like a scaled-down cityscape.

Again, like many of the recommendations on our list, we recommend checking out YouTube for free, educational videos on making dioramas.

24. Team Sports

Team sports have been around for hundreds, if not thousands of years, and for good reason; they’re fun.

There’s something about working together with others that’s so built-in to our DNA that we can hardly help ourselves.

Even the spectators feel like a part of this team, which is probably why they’re so popular.

You don’t need to start big either; something as simple as playing some 5-a-side soccer/football or playing some 3v3 basketball can be a great way to flex some team competition.

25. Painting

Painting is one of the first creative hobbies that humanity indulged in, and will probably continue to do so for as far into the future as we can envisage.

As a teen, it’s a great age to start getting to grips with your creativity, and there’s nothing better than a blank canvas to start with.

You can use a mixture of oil paints, acrylics, and even specialized assets such as spray paint if you wish which means you can be really creative.

Not only are the materials you use so varied to accomplish your painting, but also the style in which you want to perform your artwork.

There’s modernism, abstract, expressionism, cubism, and tens, if not hundreds of other types of styles to try.

You’ll know the perfect fit when you find it, but for now, grab your painting kit and get painting!

26. Origami

Origami is the art of paper folding.

It’s thought that it started in some part of Asia (contested) throughout history, yet has continued and remains relevant even to this day.

In fact, some origami designs have been the inspiration for NASA to make more efficient types of folding for satellites — pretty cool, right?

Regardless, this hobby is as simple or as complex as you want it to be.

It’s almost infinitely scalable and there are probably hundreds of thousands (if not more) types of folding designs you can come up with.

On a final note, you can fold with many materials, however, we recommend specialized origami paper as it’ll fold better and hold its shape easier.

27. Astronomy

Astronomy is a type of observational and often scientific hobby.

It’s the pursuit of watching the skies for things in orbit, things in our solar system, and even further-flung celestial bodies such as galaxies.

Although lots of work has already been done in the world of astronomy, we’re still only scratching the surface in terms of what we know about space.

If that doesn’t sound tantalizing then you might also be interested in the fact that astronomy and stargazing can often stimulate philosophical notions and paradigm shifts in your consciousness.

Dreaming of vast worlds and distant planets can really put lots of things into perspective, but often brings more questions about too.

As an added point, most entry-level telescopes will do a decent enough job to allow you to observe lots of interesting celestial objects without breaking the bank.

28. Learning

Learning is an underrated and often ignored hobby.

Most people associate learning with work that they don’t enjoy doing.

This couldn’t be further from the truth, and it’s something that most teens don’t realize until they’re adults approaching their thirties, often with lots of regret for not trying to engage their once energetic minds.

Think about it like this; anything you’ve ever enjoyed has been something you’ve had to learn at some point.

We all go through learning processes and you can pick practically anything to study that you think you might enjoy.

There are lots of free learning tools such as open.edu which has lots of great resources to learn new things without spending a penny.

Other than that, and as often cited in our other topics, YouTube is also another great place to learning things especially if you enjoy watching a video to go along with the information you’re studying.

Lastly, books are also a great way to stimulate your mind and to learn new things — don’t ignore these instructional texts as they often contain years of wisdom that can only be learned by living a lifetime (by the author).

29. Coding

Coding is the hobby of the future, and also probably one of the most vital industries in our working world.

It’s the backbone of operating systems, servers, satellites, games, and even recent advents like cryptocurrencies.

There are hundreds, if not thousands of different coding languages to learn, though, we do recommend learning something simple and versatile such as Python first.

There’s no better place to get started than learnpython.org which will teach you all the fundamentals of this exciting coding language.

30. 3D Printing

3D printing is another relatively new advent of the modern world.

It involves sending instructions to a 3D printer which can then layer up a fully-formed 3D object for you to use or display.

Most people print things like tools or simple assets like screws, however, you can use the software to model anything you like and you can then print it out to see your creation in the real world.

You can even print things like figurines or ornaments to display around your home or in your room.

Bear in mind, 3D printers are expensive, so you might need to ask your parents to help you out with this one!

31. Dungeons & Dragons

Dungeons & Dragons is a type of role-playing game where you’ll create the backstory of your character and play it throughout a planned scenario.

The game typically has one DM (Dungeon Master) who organizes and officiates the game i.e. takes care of dice rolls, etc, though, the majority will role-play their chosen character such as a mage, warlock, rogue, or warrior.

In truth, the game can be played in many ways as long as you stick to the core rules.

That’s what makes D&D so fun, it’s almost limitless in terms of what you can do in your campaign, only your own creativity will be the limiting factor.

If you’re not sure where to start then we recommend checking a few tutorials on YouTube first and getting a beginner D&D kit to help you out.

Once you understand the foundation of the game, you can become more creative and varied over time.

32. Board Games

Board games are something that you’ve probably played at parties, on Christmas Day, and even with your parents on the weekend.

Most people know the traditional games such as Monopoly, Cluedo, Connect 4, and others such as Risk.

In truth, even the classics such as Chess or Checkers are fantastic board games and can easily provide hours of fun.

If you prefer, you can play story-based fantasy board games that offer much more depth than the traditional board game and typically allow for solo play or group play depending on your setup.

33. Kite Flying

Flying a kite is perfect for a breezy summer’s day, where you can either take it up some hills or down to the beach depending on your preference.

In some circles, kite flying is a sport, however, most people know it for days out with their families from when they were children.

Rest assured, any age group can engage in kite flying as a hobby, and it’s especially good for energetic teens to help burn some of that excess energy.

Kite flying is fun, colorful, and above all, a relaxing way to spend a breezy summer’s day.

We recommend this beginner’s kite for ease of use and so you can learn how to maneuver your kite.

34. Calligraphy

Calligraphy is the art of beautiful, or stylized writing.

Essentially, you’ll practice your lettering over and over again until you can imbue it with a certain artistic flair.

This practice has been going on for hundreds, if not thousands of years, and is thought to have originated in parts of Asia, or possibly Rome.

In fact, you may have indirectly practiced calligraphy in the classroom; clear handwriting was an essential part of most school’s curriculum up until recently.

If you want to give calligraphy a try then we recommend picking up a calligraphy kit as it’ll include all the necessities for beginners to get started.

35. Creative Writing

Creative writing is a great way to express your thoughts, feelings, and even fantastical ideas about life.

It can be transcribed as a fictional piece of writing, or perhaps, as a non-fiction piece.

It really depends on what your interests are but that’s why creative writing is so good; it’s one of the most versatile formats of expression that we know, alongside other mediums such as mathematics or coding.

You can even niche down into things like poetry if you wish or song-writing.

Lastly, it doesn’t need to cost anything — you can get started with a word document on your computer or with a pen and paper.

Don’t forget to check out our article on writing as a hobby if you want to know more.

36. Theater Acting

Lots of people dream of being famous actors in Hollywood movies, but few people make it there usually because they get older and assume the idea is farfetched.

With that said, theater acting is a great stepping stone to get into acting and is also a great way to meet people.

As a hobby, you can attend various classes around the world which will give you all the fundamentals and skills necessary to become a great theater actor or actress.

If you’re not sure where to start then you can easily do a quick Google search for theater lessons in your area.

37. Herb Growing

Gardening is a huge task and often isn’t possible for the average teenager, especially as they may not be privileged enough to have a garden.

However, growing herbs can be done indoors and is a great way to learn the vital skills that are needed to grow plants.

Better yet, once your herbs are finished growing, you can easily add them to your meals to enhance the flavor of your favorite dishes.

We recommend using a hydroponics growing station to support your herb growing hobby as it’ll make the task of growing herbs clean and efficient.

38. Pet Sitting

Not only do babies and children need looking after, but pets do too!

Yes, pet sitting is a real thing and is actually becoming a booming industry across the world, especially since cats and dogs are becoming far more popular due to growing awareness through mediums like social media.

As a teen, you can easily make a bit of money on the side, however, it’s generally quite fun looking after people’s pets anyway.

If you’re wanting to get closer to animals and nature then this can be a great stepping stone as the pets will usually be tame enough for you to interact with them.

39. TV/Movie Binging

Okay, this is something you’re probably doing already, however, most people don’t think it’s a hobby, especially since their parents may not be happy with them sitting watching TV all day.

With that said, watching movies and TV can be a great way to pass the time either alone, or with friends.

It’s relatively inexpensive and there are loads of ways to access the latest movies and TV such as through Netflix, Amazon Video, and YouTube.

40. Worldbuilding

Worldbuilding is something we’ve talked about before, but we think it’s a great hobby for any creative teenager.

As a hobby, world-building involves literally theorizing about a fantasy world and attempting to bring it to life through various mediums such as writing, sculpting, and painting.

To give you some clarity, J.R.R. Tolkien (Lord of the Rings) and J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter) are famous worldbuilders.

They created the worlds of Middle-Earth and the Harry Potter universe which has inspired billions of people all around the world.

In fact, Tolkien even went so far as to create his very own Elvish language, complete with lettering and phrases.

If you really want to flex your creative muscles, then worldbuilding is probably the best hobby to do it with.

41. Visit Friends

Never underestimate the power of friendship.

Friends support us and help us find out about different things in life.

They add a degree of randomness and excitation that we can’t often get from always being alone.

If you’re bored and can’t think of a specific hobby to try then why not go out and visit your friends.

If you don’t have any friends then speak to your family; find out about their past and all the stories they have to share.

42. Paintball

Paintball is a great hobby for any adrenaline-seeking teenager.

You’ll usually attend a paintball assault course with a team of friends or family members where you’ll compete against others to eliminate them.

There are different rules but usually, a shot landed means a kill and a point will be awarded to your team.

Most paintball businesses will supply you with all the necessary gear to get started, however, you can buy your own paintball guns if you wish.

Don’t forget to invest in protective gear like masks and pads!

43. RC Cars

Radio-controlled cars aren’t a new advent, though, they are still extremely fun and possibly far more versatile than they used to be.

Battery technology has come a long way since the days of yesteryear, meaning you can have a fairly powerful RC car that lasts a long time on a single charge.

Most people race RC cars around on their own private land such as at home, however, you can compete in local events to win prizes and prestige for landing a spot on the podium.

Better yet, there’s a wide variety of RC cars out there meaning you can start with something simple and cost-effective.

If you want to know more then why not check out our RC car article?

44. Reading

Reading is a wonderful hobby that allows you to flex your imagination and engages you with years of wisdom all transcribed into a single text.

Fiction or non-fiction, fantasy or politics, whatever you decide to read, you’ll surely be able to find something that suits your tastes.

In fact, we’ve talked about reading as a hobby previously, including some cool facts about reading.

If you’re not sure where to start then we recommend checking out Amazon’s book section, or perhaps, try an Audible subscription if you prefer listening to your books.

45. Online Quizzes

If you’re really bored, don’t forget to try some of the millions of quizzes that you can find online.

They’ll help you figure out whether you have the characteristics of an intelligent elf, a feisty dwarf, or a versatile human; they may even teach you who to crush on depending on their star sign.

Quizzes are so weird and wonderful that there’s absolutely loads of choice out there meaning you can have hours of fun for free.

YouTube has lots of video quizzes, though, you could get something more traditional such as a quiz book.

46. Meditation

Meditation should be a life skill rather than a hobby, especially since it’s been noted to have a positive effect on the brain.

Meditating is an unusual skill where you’ll be attempting to focus your thoughts, calm your mind, and rationalize irrational notions.

It’s something that takes a little practice, and in fact, it can be performed in a few different ways.

We recommend reading this guide to meditation to get a better overview of how it works.

47. Start a Band

Being a teenager is the perfect time to start a band, especially since you’ll be close to your friends and have plenty of time to develop different sounds and musical skills.

In fact, some of the most famous bands did just that such as Coldplay, Queen, and even the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

It’s worth getting familiar with music production as a skill, especially since most sounds can be edited digitally these days, though, there’s no need to overcomplicate things at first as you’ll mainly want to be practicing.

48. Jewelry Making

If you have an eye for fancy things then you might want to start making jewelry as a hobby.

It’s an intricate skill with no set-in-stone (pun intended) way of accomplishing your jewelry making.

That’s what makes it so fun, it’s an extremely versatile pastime and can be scaled up almost indefinitely.

You’ll accumulate lots of different skills along the way and can get better with each passing year.

We recommend trying to decide what types of jewelry you’re going to make as it’ll give you something to aim for when starting out.

As with most technical skills, we recommend browsing YouTube for free video tutorials on how to make jewelry.

49. Wildlife Watching

Most people know of birdwatching, but why stop there when there are literally millions of different types of animals on planet earth?

Observational animal watching can be accomplished in many different ways, though, most people start out with a pair of binoculars to get closer to the action without disturbing the animals in their natural environment.

You can also get a DSLR with a telescopic lens to take professional photos from a distance, however, we recommend getting familiar with photography first before you spend tons of money.

The more you watch the wildlife around you, the more you’ll become acquainted with their behavior and what they can tolerate.

We recommend speaking to a professional wildlife expert first as they’ll be able to give you the heads up on what to expect.

50. Go to the Gym

Going to the gym might not sound like fun, but it’s a great way to stay in shape and can also be a good way to meet like-minded folks.

Working out helps you destress, unwind, and shake off the stresses of the day, even as a teen, this is especially important to maintain good all-around health.

Most people are lucky enough to have a local gym in their area which you can easily find through a quick Google search.

Alternatively, you can pick up a cheap set of dumbells and can practice at home before you commit to a membership.

There are lots of different ways to work out, and as such, we recommend speaking to a professional first or your P.E. teacher to help get a better understanding of what will help you train most effectively.

51. Make Picture Collages

Making picture collages can be a fun little hobby and can be a great way to memorize special moments in your life with your friends and family.

You can make picture collages through phone apps, such as PicCollage, or you can simply get a collage book and print out the photos you want to paste inside.

Don’t forget to add some of your own creative touches to your picture collage to make it stand out, especially if you’re an inventive mind.

52. Stone Skipping

Stone skipping is a simplistic hobby where you’ll throw stones at bodies of water in an attempt to get them to skip across as many times as you can.

Most people can only get a stone to skip once or twice before it sinks, however, the record for distance skipped is currently around 121 meters!

If you don’t have much to do and don’t have a lot of money then stone skipping can be a great way to pass the time as a bored teen.

53. Museum Visiting

Visiting museums might sound boring, especially if you’ve been dragged to them as a kid or with your school, however, there are thousands of different museums that have all sorts of weird and wonderful things on display around the world.

It truly depends on what you’re interested in to give you an idea of what museums you might enjoy, though, we do recommend visiting one that you haven’t been to before to make the experience more exciting.

You’ll find museums with ancient history, dinosaur bones, and even meteorites from outer space.

If you want to know more about museums then why not check out this article from National Geographic?

54. Join an Online Community

Online communities can be found in online games, across the internet on platforms like Reddit, and even through familiar social media favorites like Facebook.

They’re a good place to link in with other like-minded people where you can discuss a variety of topics, including the hobbies you’re interested in.

Humans have a need to be social which isn’t always easy in real life — as such, online communities can be a good way to bridge this gap.

55. After-School Classes

Extracurricular activities or after-school classes are a good way to learn extra skills and can be a good way to make new friends.

Typically, you’ll find after-school classes for a variety of topics such as music, fitness, and even science.

There are very few limitations on what can be accomplished once the bell rings and you’re finished school, hence why we recommend making the most of this time with some after-school classes.

If you’re not sure where to start then we recommend speaking to a teacher or your parent for more information on how to join an after-school class.

56. Wood Carving

Wood carving requires some extra care compared to the other hobbies on our list, however, it’s one of the most satisfying and can allow you to make some really cool objects out of wood.

You’ll be able to carve out bowls, spoons, and even decorative ornaments from just a simple piece of wood.

It takes a little time and patience but it’s really cool once you’ve finished your project.

You’ll need a wood carving kit to get started, though, you may need an adult to purchase these for you as they often include sharp objects.

57. Videography

Videography is the practice of making films, videos, and other types of media.

Your film can be shot in a variety of different ways, and in fact, that’s what makes videography so fun; you can do it however you want to.

The only caveat is that videography equipment can be expensive, especially as you’ll need a high-quality DSLR camera and probably a work laptop to render your footage.

As such, it might be worth speaking to your school to see if they can loan you some equipment or alternatively, you can ask your parents to help with some of the costs.

58. Diarize Your Year

Diarizing your year is a great way to plan out things you want to do and to give you a roadmap of things you want to accomplish with your next 365 days.

As they say, time waits for no one, which is why being efficient with your plans and your scheduling can really help you make the most of your days.

It’s also a genuinely fun way to spend the day as you’ll be able to link in with friends and family on what sort of things they have planned.

59. Find out your Family History

Genealogy is the study of family history, and as such, you’ll be spending lots of time online sifting through genealogy records and catching up with family members about their memories of distant relatives.

There are lots of different genealogy services that you can find through a quick Google search, however, it does depend on where you live as to what services might be appropriate.

As a teen, this can be a tantalizing and exciting way to spend your days, especially since some family history can be a genuine mystery and can take lots of persistence to find.

60. Start a Club

Starting a club takes guts, but it’s a great way to help people link up with each other, especially if they’re interested in a particular topic.

There are clubs for running, cycling, music, and basically anything else you can think of.

You can make the rules up yourself or you can base them on traditional club rules.

If you feel like you’d make a good leader then making a club can help give lots of people something to do in their spare time and can help you become a pillar of the community.


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