DIY Crafts and Activities, Parenting

25 Summer Boredom Busters

While the end of summer can mean trying to enjoy those last warm days before heading back to school, it can also mean the end of summer camps, activities and your patience. As August rolls around, you might find yourself bombarded with “I’m bored” or “I don’t know what to do” from your kids. We’ve compiled a list of activities, crafts and recipes to help you beat the heat and boredom this summer!


Three children sitting on a brown bench, looking bored.


1. Foster a lifelong love of reading (for free!) and go to the library

2. Take advantage of all the City has to offer and visit a local museum.

3. Beat the heat with these DIY sponge water bombs!

4. Turn your pool noodles into an exciting pool noodle race track

5. Make your own backyard summer fun kit and have a great time from the comfort of your backyard, balcony or local park

6. Do your little ones constantly say “I don’t know what to do”? Try out these summer activity jars to keep them busy

7. Reuse old Pringles tubes and make a DIY bowling set

8. Campsites can be expensive and far from the City’s core – consider camping indoors

9. If your child is inquisitive, consider helping them become a backyard/park explorer and take advantage of the great outdoors



A table with newspaper and child painting a construction tube with paint.

10. Fidget spinners are wildly popular, but have you ever considered making a DIY fidget spinner?

11. Cool down with this awesome ice chalk that’ll help you make your neighbourhood colourful

12. Water guns aren’t just for childhood rivalries; try using them for this water gun painting craft

13. Try out this DIY bouncy ball craft that’ll amuse your kids even after you are done making it

14. Prep for the cooler weather by making these no sew fleece blankets

15. Make your own key chains, earrings and hairclips with this craft for melted bead accessories

16. Try out this cool science experiment for glowing water

17. Recycle your old clothes with these no sew t-shirt tote bags


18. Make science fun with this easy recipe for freezer bag ice-cream

19. Bake a delicious treat – check out our past blog post to make easy, healthy muffins

20. Try out this healthier version of a summer favourite with these juice popsicles

21. If you are looking for a healthy treat to help you and your little ones cool down, try making some frozen grapes

22. These frozen yogurt pops were a childhood favourite in my family because they are so easy and delicious

23. For something a little more indulgent that is just as fun to make as it is to eat, get messy with this dirt dessert

24. Make your own version of this popular packaged item with this recipe for homemade fruit snacks

25. Make a potentially boring snack more exciting with these fruit and grape kabobs


Have fun with these summertime boredom busters! Hopefully these ideas will help to make your August more enjoyable. Be sure to let us know if you have any other ideas for activities that keep your family occupied in the summer months.

Emily Pritchard

Emily is currently completing her undergraduate degree with a specialist in Criminology and a minor in Sociology. She plans to pursue a career in social work, with a focus on working with children and youth. When not studying or working at the Family Care Office, she spends her time reading the latest books and trying out new recipes. So, that’s Emily in a nutshell, reading, writing and cooking. Quite the picture, I’m sure!

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