32 Unique and Fun Hobbies for Teens to Keep Occupied

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32 Unique and Fun Hobbies for Teens to Keep Occupied


Are you tired of doing the same activities over and over again, and you’re looking for some outside-the-box thinking to spice up your day? You’ve come to the right place.

I’ve come up with several unique and fun hobbies for teenagers that you may not have considered before, and that will occupy your time. Perhaps this is the start of a hobby you enjoy for a long time. 

Fun Hobbies for Teenagers

  1. Knitting


    All you need to get started is a single set of knitting needles and yarn. It is inexpensive unless you opt for the unique kinds of costly yarns. Apart from the fulfilling experience you will derive from it, knitting helps to improve your focus, coordination, and creativity.

  1. Unicycling


    Riding a unicycle is much more complicated than riding a bicycle. It is a very challenging yet an enjoyable activity. A unicycle might also be costly, but you’ll get good value for your money in the end. 

  1. Graffiti


    If you’re creative and you need to spice it up with a sense of differntiation to get your juices flowing, then you should try making graffiti. Of course you should stick to canvas or paper. 


  1. Bird Watching


    With just a pair of binoculars and a field book to help identify birds, you can engage in this activity at various times in the day. This hobby is inexpensive and can be done almost anywhere outdoors. 

  1. Skateboarding


    Your teenage years are the best time to start skating if you haven’t started already. It’s fun, thrilling, and helps you improve your physical fitness. For safety reasons, ensure that you wear your protective gear while skating.

  1. Bowling


    This is an entertaining sport that can be done with friends and family. You can start bowling as a teenager and gain enough skills and experience to serve you well for a long time as the sport isn’t as physically demanding as many other sports.


  1. Upcycling


    Luckily, you do not need to spend a lot of money or time to enjoy this hobby. Look around your parent’s house and select some old things you or your parents do not use anymore, then repurpose them into beneficial things. All you need is a bit of imagination to be successful.

  1. Paper Quilling


    Paper is not just something to write on. You would be amazed at the creative designs you can make with a paper once you adopt this as a hobby and practice regularly.

  1. Glass Etching


    This hobby allows you to write or create any design or pattern on plain glass. You need steady hands and patience to avoid breaking the glass while working on it.

  1. Wood Burning


    No, we do not mean burning the wood in the real sense of the word. This hobby involves using a hot metal pen to draw creative images, patterns, or designs on wood. It is a fun way to explore your creativity and artistic skills.


  1. Ice Cream Making


    It’s hard to find a teenager who does not like ice cream. With just a few lessons and an ice cream machine, you can create the thing you love. What’s more fun than that?

  1. Hand Embroidery


    With a needle and a thread, you get to stitch beautiful designs on any fabric. This hobby enhances your creativity and also helps you upcycle old products.

  1. Weightlifting


    If you aspire to be in tip-top physical shape, then weightlifting is the way to go. Your teenage years are the best time to adopt weightlifting as a hobby. Not only will you get stronger, you’ll feel better about yourself daily.

  1. Riding a Dirt Bike


    This activity does not come without its dangers. However, the greater the risks involved, most often the more fun you’re likely to have. Just ensure that you use your safety gear while driving to minimize accidents. 

  1. Drawing Comics


    You need a pen, paper, and crayons or coloring materials to carry out this hobby. Drawing requires you to be creative enough to develop ideas before starting your comic characters.


  2. Collecting


    This is a great hobby for many teens. You can collect rare artifacts like coins, comic books, stamps, rocks, etc., and ensure that they are in excellent physical condition to increase their value. 

  1. Origami


    If you’re looking for an affordable hobby, then you can’t do much better than origami. You only need a few sheets of paper and your creativity to create incredible designs out of folding paper.

  1. Design Greeting Cards


    This hobby allows you to save money and have fun while fostering unique relationships with people. You can watch a lot of videos and read blogs for inspiration ideas. Give out your cards to make somebody’s day, or even sell them if you’re up to it.

  1. Carpentry/Woodwork


    This is a hugely rewarding hobby, but it requires time and practice to achieve the best results. This is also a great activity to do with your family and friends. Having a finished product to look at is a great feeling.

  1. Candle and Soap Making


    Read blogs and watch YouTube videos to get started. It may not take a lot of experience to begin, but you need patience and practice to make candles and soap to a high standard.

  1. Baking


    Start easy by trying out Spanish omelets, chocolate puddings, etc. You can take on more formidable challenges like pastries and cakes with time and practice.

  1. Building Drones


    This is one of the more expensive hobbies because of the high cost of drone parts. Several perks come with building your drone. You get to modify and upgrade several parts of the drone, understand how it works, and repair it easily if anything goes wrong.

  1. Juggling


    Somehow juggling never gets old. You can do it as long as your body and eyesight allow you to. It is enjoyable, and you don’t need to spend a dime on materials because you can juggle just about anything.

  1. Scrapbooking


    As a teenager, perhaps you are ready to start making pleasant memories that you would like to document creatively. Although it might be a bit expensive to buy materials, it is worth it in the end because memories are priceless.

  1. Puppetry


    This hobby has stood the test of time and is still relevant today. Puppetry provides an outlet for you to express your creative side and pass meaningful messages.

  1. Hula Hoops


    If you’re a teenager who finds the routine of exercise boring, hula hooping helps you overcome this. You get to enjoy a fun activity and boost your health and fitness.

  1. Animation


    If you enjoy movies, why not try out animation? Several softwares are available for creating animations, and most of them offer free basic packages. However, you can use the paid version to get better features.

  1. Videography


    Consider investing in a high-quality camera and a good microphone if you intend to make money out of this hobby. However, your iPhone camera should suffice if you want to have fun without spending a lot.

  1. Photo Manipulation


    This hobby is meant to express your creativity and artistic skills in a fun manner. You can use this hobby to create beautiful designs and bring fantasies to reality.

  1. Calligraphy


    Get the calligraphy starter pack and explore your creativity to make beautiful writing designs. Like most activities, you can only get better with constant practice.

  1. Nail Art


    Focus and creativity are required to create beautiful and flawless designs on your nails. Patience is also necessary because this hobby is time-consuming.

  1. Digital Painting


    Whether you are just trying to get yourself a new hobby or can’t afford expensive art supplies to do traditional painting, digital painting offers a perfect solution. By painting on your electronic device, you can easily get rid of painting errors and access a wide range of materials. 

Find a Hobby to Try

Hobbies are all around us. Sometimes we don’t notice new hobbies, or just don’t consider trying them. Finding a new hobby can be exciting and challenging or overwhelming at the same time. The first step to enjoying a hobby is to try it. Fun hobbies for teens are all around, are you ready to try?

I hope you have as much fun trying these hobbies as I did writing about them.

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