Fun Learning Ideas (Age 12-13) - Young Teen - Key Stage 3 - Year 8

Early adolescence brings a major shift in children’s demeanor and overall personality. You will notice increased autonomy, defined personality, specific interests, and enhanced cognitive abilities in a 12-13 year old. 12-13 year olds can try a diverse array of age-appropriate activities for their developmental requirements.

Activities For 12-13 Year-Old Children
Here are some enjoyable and entertaining activities that your 12-13 year-old child can indulge in with friends and family.

1. Make a comic book

Creative writing requires imagination. Involving your pre-teen in creative-writing activities can hone their cognitive abilities and promote out-of-the-box thinking. Choosing a theme, writing dialogues, and preparing visuals can encourage them to plan, organize, and present ideas. This productive, self-expressing activity can also boost their self-esteem and confidence.


Alternatively, your child can try to draw a comic book containing only characters and no words — a fun and challenging way to fire their imagination.

2. Do a DIY project

DIY projects are based on the concept of “learning by doing,” a perfect way to indulge your tween in self-learning activities. The theme for a DIY project can vary, and it is best to decide on a task that is both engaging and challenging. Building a city using recyclables or preparing an effective plan to minimize plastic waste are some fun and learning DIY projects that can help boost your child’s critical thinking and logical reasoning skills.

3. Learn to code

Gamified coding is a fun-filled and creative activity that can provide 12-year-olds an exciting learning experience. Coding can be useful in strengthening their problem-solving, communication, critical thinking, and collaboration skills. Besides, it can teach them perseverance.

4. Learn a new language

Learning a new language can help improve your tween’s cognitive and decision-making skills. Besides, it can hone your child’s communication skills that are relevant for personal development. Depending on their interest and preferences, they can learn one or more than one language. You could enroll them in a language class or download a language-learning app.

5. Play a board game

Playing board games, such as Brainstorm or Scrabble, is a joyful, engaging, and learning experience. But, how about preparing one from scratch? Making a board game requires creative skills. Your child can come up with a random idea to develop a new board game or work on an existing game by introducing/removing some elements of the game. In either case, your child would be able to experiment, which can help develop their cognitive skills. Moreover, it can boost brain function and build their self-esteem and self-confidence.

6. Learn to draw and paint

Drawing and painting can be used as a form of art therapy activity to reduce stress and improve sleep. Introducing your pre-teen to this art can help utilize their imagination, develop existing talents and can help them develop mindfulness and tranquility, which in turn augments concentration and creativity.

In conclusion, Involving themselves in exciting and engaging learning activities can help your pre-teen develop their cognitive abilities and boost physical development. Let them utilize their skills and choose complex activities to outperform themselves to boost confidence and become self-aware.