Activities, Challenges and Projects for 11-16 Year Olds

For when they need a nudge...

Teenagers will have a lot of their own ideas about what they might get up to in their spare time but they'll probably be missing their mates and find themselves at a loose end sometimes too. Here are some ideas that you can do with them or they can have a go at on their own.

Healthy meals that teenagers can prepare themselves with good suggestions about how much help they might need if they're novices.

This is a certified course provided by British Sign. They are offering it for pay-what-you-can instead of their usual fee to support those in quarantine. It takes 20 hours altogether.

These are reasonably easy projects that have minimal tool requirements. See what your young person can do.

"Create stories, games and animations and share with others around the world." Scratch is a well known block coding website made by the famous MIT in American. It is free, quite straight forward to use, easy to set up an account and there are lots of suggested projects online. Your child may also be using it in school and have learned a bit about it already. Suitable for children from about 6 to 18.

Steve Spangler is my absolutely favourite Science Presenter (and this is my specialist area as I'm one too!). He has a great presentation style and is fun to watch plus he has a huge library of experiments you can do at home with reliable instructions and clear scientific explanations. Exciting science for children from about 5 to 16 plus adults will want to get in on the action.

Check out my page of ideas for playing with your food...

Big organisations which provide a range of activities across multiple areas.

The lovely Tracey and Jaime from Make Mee Studio are running sewing challenges each week during lockdown.

"We know that everyone is trying to keep safe at home at the moment and so, with J.K. Rowling and our friends at Audible, Bloomsbury, OverDrive, Pottermore Publishing and Scholastic, we are delighted to introduce Harry Potter At Home to help children, parents, carers and teachers add a touch of Harry Potter magic to our new daily lives."

Not just for kids. I've enjoyed these too. Exciting activities from the Tate Gallery website. Videos, activities and unusual art ideas - chocolate painting anyone...?

A great list of 44 engineering challenges to inspire the next generation from the James Dyson Foundation. Each one comes with a video presented by a real engineer and giving background and information about the challenge. Choose something that excites you and see what you can make - you might invent something completely unique!