Fun hobbies for teens to get them off their phones

Fun hobbies for teens to get them off their phones

What if there was a way to get your teenagers to put down their phones and do something else instead? Let's take a look at the importance of hobbies for teenagers and list a few fun ones that might just get them away from their screens.


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Some of our favourite hobbies for teens

  • Hiking

  • Camping

  • Cycling

  • Bouldering

  • Musical instrument

  • Painting/drawing

  • Writing

  • Dancing

  • Yoga

  • Babysitting

  • Pet sitting

  • Hairstyling/hairdressing



Outdoor hobbies for Teens:

1. Hiking

This gets your teenager out enjoying the beauty of nature. All they need to get started is good shoes and comfortable clothes.

2. Camping

A great social outdoor activity that can be done with friends or family. 

3. Cycling

This is a great, green form of transportation that gives your teenager independence.

4. Bouldering 

This form of rock climbing can be done without any special equipment or training and teaches your teenager to challenge themselves.

5. Surfing

This "cool" hobby will teach your teenager to enjoy and respect the sea.

6. Walking

It doesn’t have to be power walking but just getting out and about for an hour a day. Great exercise and good for the mind.

7, Adventure Scouts

Not for everyone, but great for teens who love to camp and be outside.

8, Kayaking 

This is another way to explore the outdoors and get some exercise. It’s relatively easy to learn and can be done solo or with a group.

9. Photography

Taking pictures is a creative outlet that your teenagers can use to express themselves and capture the world around them.

10. Skating

Skating is a fun way to get around and exercise at the same time. It takes some balance and coordination, but it’s definitely doable.

11. Fishing

This relaxing hobby that can be done alone or with friends or family. It’s a lovely way to bond with loved ones and connect with nature.

12. Volunteering

Volunteer work gives your teenager an opportunity to give back to the community. They'll meet new people, learn new skills and develop a sense of civic responsibility.

13. Birdwatching

This hobby will allow your teenager to connect with nature and learn more about the different types of birds in your area.

14. Gardening

A good for kids interested in ecology, the environment and growing things. 



Sports hobbies:

15. Martial Arts

Martial arts help improve discipline, focus and physical fitness.


16. Yoga/Pilates

Perfect to relax and de-stress. Yoga has many physical benefits, such as improving flexibility and strengthening muscles.


17. Gym workouts

Many gyms do cut-price membership for the 14+ with exercise classes added in.


18. Football

Your teen may do this already, but it might help to inspire them by joining a new team or club.


19. Tennis

Find local free tennis courts or try a local tennis club.


20. Swimming

This is not only great exercise and a lot of fun but also a lifesaving skill.


21. Sailing

This is the perfect activity for those who love the water and crave adventure - but it requires some training.

22. Running

This cardio-based activity provides stress relief, boosts endorphins and can help improve your teenager’s mental health.


23. Skateboarding

Search out a local skate park to inspire your teen to give it a try.


24. Cheerleading

Fairly new to the UK but seeing a surge thanks to the Netflix documentary. Go to UK Cheerleading for more.


25. SUP

Stand-up paddleboarding. This relatively new water sport is perfect for those who love the ocean.


26. Basketball

Basketball is another popular team sport that is great for kids of all ages. It is a great way to get exercise, develop athletic skills, and have fun.


27. Gymnastics

Gymnastics is a great sport for kids who want to develop their strength, flexibility, and balance. It is also a great way to have fun and learn new skills.


28. Dance

Dance is a great sport for kids who want to express themselves creatively. It is also a great way to get exercise and develop coordination.




Creative hobbies:

29. Musical instrument

Learning to play a musical instrument can help teenagers relax and de-stress while providing a creative outlet.

30. Painting/drawing

Art can encourage teenagers to express themselves, and painting or drawing can be very therapeutic.

31. Writing

If your teenager enjoys writing, why not get them to start a blog or write some short stories to get their creative juices flowing?

32. Coding

Coding is a great way for teens to learn about computer science and to develop their problem-solving skills. Teens can learn to code using online tutorials or by taking classes.

33. Cooking

Cooking is a life skill that can be taken into adulthood. Why not get your teenager to try some new recipes for the family?

34. Baking

Baking is another great way to be creative in the kitchen. Teenagers can experiment with different flavours and decorations to create unique cakes and biscuits.

35. Calligraphy

This beautiful art form improves hand-eye coordination.

36. Embroidery

Your teenager can learn this fun way to add a personal touch to clothes and accessories.

37. Reading

Reading can help your teenager relax and escape from the world while also learning new things and improving their literacy skills.

38. Acting 

Acting is a great way for teens to express themselves creatively and develop their confidence. Teens can learn to act by taking classes or by joining a local theatre group. 

39. Candle-making

Candle-making is a lovely, creative hobby that can be very therapeutic.

40. Pottery

Teenagers can learn how to make their own pottery by taking an online course or watching some tutorials.


Practical hobbies:

41. Making clothes

If your teenager is interested in fashion, they could try their hand at making their own clothes.

42. Woodwork

If your teenager is handy with tools, they could try their hand at woodworking, making small pieces of furniture, wooden toys or even a birdhouse.

43. Knitting

The perfect hobby to relax and de-stress while creating something useful.

44. Sewing

This is a useful skill to have and can be used to make clothes, toys and accessories.

45. DIY projects

DIY projects are a great way for teens to save money and learn new skills. Teens can learn to do basic home repairs, such as fixing a leaky faucet or hanging a shelf. They can also learn to repurpose old furniture and home decor items.

46. Learning a new language

Learning a new language is a practical hobby that can open up new opportunities for teens. It can also help them better understand other cultures. Teens can learn a new language by taking classes or using online resources.

47. Car maintenance

A good one for teens who love cars. Learning how to do basic car maintenance, such as changing the oil and rotating the tires, can save teens a lot of money in the long run. It can also give them a sense of accomplishment and independence.




Unusual hobbies:

48. Foraging 

Foraging is the act of searching for and gathering wild food. There are many different types of wild foods that can be foraged, including edible plants, mushrooms, berries, and nuts. 

49. Geocaching

This treasure-hunting game uses GPS devices to find hidden containers. It is a great way to get exercise and explore new places.

50. Metal detecting

Metal detecting is a hobby that involves using a metal detector to find buried objects. It can be a fun and rewarding hobby.


51. Coin collecting

Coin collecting involves collecting coins from different countries and eras. It can be a fun and educational hobby, and it can also be a way to invest money.

52. Stamp collecting 

Stamp collecting is a hobby that involves collecting stamps from different countries and eras. It can be a fun and educational hobby, and it can also be a way to invest money.

53. Astronomy

Astronomy is the study of celestial objects, such as stars, planets, and galaxies. It can be a way to learn about the universe and our place in it.

54. Genealogy  

Genealogy is the study of one's family history. It’s a great way to learn how to research and connect with one's past.

55. Social media creator

Taking in short-form video, audience building and niche marketing, it’s a great hobby for those who really won’t get off their phones. 


Hobbies to make extra money:

56. Babysitting

Your teenager could babysit for family and friends or start their own babysitting business.

57. Pet Sitting

Your pet-loving teenager could pet sit for family and friends or start their own business looking after animals of all sizes.

58. Hairstyling 

If your teenager is good with hair, they could start a hairstyling business. They could do people’s hair and makeup for special occasions.

59. Upcycling

Teenagers can buy old clothes and furniture and upcycle/flip them into something new and stylish.

60. Makeup

Your teenager could do people’s makeup for special occasions or start their own YouTube channel to show off their skills.

61. Jewellery

Making and selling jewellery allows teenagers to be creative and make some extra money. They could sell their jewellery online or at markets and craft fairs.

62. Tutoring

Tutoring younger children in school subjects or helping people prepare for exams is one of the most rewarding ways to make money as a teenager

63. Styling

If your teenager is good at styling hair and makeup, they could start a business doing people’s hair and makeup for special occasions.

65. Coaching

If your teen is good at a particular sport, they could coach a younger team or offer private coaching sessions.


The benefits of hobbies for teenagers

Hobbies can provide the following valuable benefits for teenagers. 


  • Hobbies foster a sense of accomplishment and provide a much-needed outlet for creativity and self-expression. 

  • They help teens develop important life skills such as patience, goal-setting and focus.

  • Hobbies can provide a way for teenagers to relax and de-stress after a long day of school or other activities.

  • Hobbies increase self-confidence: When teenagers master a new skill or create something, it can boost their self-confidence.

  • Hobbies can help teenagers to cope with anxiety and other mental health challenges.

  • Hobbies can also provide a sense of purpose and belonging, especially for kids who don’t like school.

  • Hobbies can provide teenagers with opportunities to meet new people and make friends with others who share their interests outside of school.

  • Studies have shown that students who participate in hobbies are more likely to succeed in school.

  • Hobbies can also help your teen to find something that inspires them career-wise.

  • Hobbies are basically fun and show teens there’s more to life than academic work and school.

How can parents encourage teens to pursue hobbies?

There are several ways to encourage teens to pursue hobbies without nagging them about doing something more interesting than looking at their phones.


Firstly, expose them to a variety of activities. Take your teen to different places, introduce them to new people, and let them try out different classes or activities. This will help them find something they are passionate about. Next, be a role model. Show your teen that you value hobbies by pursuing your own hobbies. This will show them that it is important to have activities outside of school or work.


Encourage them to try new things. Don't be afraid to let your teen try new hobbies, even if they are outside of their comfort zone. This will help them to explore their interests and to find something they love to do.


If they are still stuck, talk to them about their interests. Ask them what they like to do in their free time and what they are passionate about. This will help you better understand their interests and find hobbies they will enjoy.

Once your teen has found a hobby they are interested in, be supportive by providing them with the resources they need, such as equipment or transportation, or simply offering encouragement.


Above all, be patient. It may take some time for your teen to find a hobby that they are passionate about. Don't get discouraged if they try a few different things and don't stick with them. Just keep encouraging them to explore different activities and to find something they enjoy.


How can teenagers balance hobbies with their schoolwork?

Don't be afraid to set limits with hobbies. While it is important to be supportive, it is also important to set boundaries. For example, you may want to limit the time they spend on a particular hobby or ensure they are not neglecting schoolwork or spending too much money on their hobby. Talk to them and ask them to be realistic about their commitments and build a schedule with them that uses their free time for hobbies 



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Written by GoHenry Published Jan 4, 2024 ● 4 min. read