Fun Activity Ideas for Tweens (Ages 9-12 Years)

14th August 2021

Now my son is 9 years old, he’s officially joined his two older step-brothers as being a ‘Tween’.

According to Healthline, ages 9-12 is “where they’re leaving childhood and entering adolescence” known as the Tween years.

Most of us assume the baby/toddler stage is the hardest, because they can’t verbalise or understand their feelings. This stage can be unpredictable, hard to manage and exhausting.

It can be assumed that as they get older they start to be independent, so it gets easier for parents.

No way!

Tweens bring their own set of problems, fun and mental tests, so finding activities to beat boredom can be tricky.

I’ve been looking for age-appropriate toys and gadgets to occupy my son for the rest of our six-week school holidays.

Four teenagers standing with their backs to the camera in a field.

Wicked Uncle

Wicked Uncle have a great range of brilliant children’s presents, which are a little bit different from what you can find in other stores.

They’ve done their research to help us find the perfect gifts for children of all physical and developmental ages.

Thankfully you can search by age and the range includes educational, creative and fun activities for both indoors and outdoors.

You can filter your search further by categories including books, games, fashion, football, role play, and even snuggly or spooky!

There’s also a sensory section, which is helpful, as my stepson is on the autistic spectrum and benefits from these gadgets.

Three toys from the Wicked Uncle range.

The Kinetic Infinity Loop and Push-n-Popz Bubbble Fidget Toy are perfect for when he wants time alone to calm down.

My other stepson loves mechanical things, so kits like the 12 in 1 Solar Hydraulic Kit and World’s Smallest Robotics Lab appeal to him.

Recently my son has become quite creative, loving to sketch, write and even complete complex jigsaw puzzles.

I think he’d love a Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes 3D Puzzle and the World Map Pillowcase which you can doodle on, wash off and doodle again.

A great game they also offer is inspired by one of our favourite TV shows. Horrible Histories- The Board Game is for children aged 8+ and I’m giving away a copy below!

Cover of the Horrible Histories board game.

Giveaway (ends 5 Sept 2021)

The Horrible Histories Board Game is designed to test your knowledge of the gruesome past, and it’s so much fun!

It takes you on a journey through the Rotten Romans, Vile Victorians and other significant times in history.

You move around the board by answering a question, performing actions or miming like Admiral Nelson!

It’s for 2-4 players and has over 600 questions, as well as foul facts and funny misleading answers to decipher through.

The Horrible Histories board game open.

I’m giving away this board game to one lucky winner.

To enter, use the form below.

The more of the form you complete, the more entries you get to the giveaway.

Terms and conditions are below, good luck!

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This giveaway ends 05/09/2021.

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This is a collaborative post with Wicked Uncle. All opinions are honest and my own.


  • Lynne

    14th August 2021 at 8:00 pm

    My kids woul dlove this. They’re both getting really into history mainly thanks to Horrible Histories!

  • Jo+m+welsh

    21st August 2021 at 8:20 am

    The Victorians because so much change happened and inventions created .

  • Laura Pritchard

    21st August 2021 at 3:39 pm

    My son loves the ancient Egyptians because they loved cats & because he loves mummies!

  • Susan B

    21st August 2021 at 4:52 pm

    The Victorians as she loved dressing up in a Victorian costume for a special day at school.

  • claire woods

    22nd August 2021 at 10:46 am

    World War 2. Interested in where the bombs dropped and what it was like then.

  • Emma Wolski

    22nd August 2021 at 10:49 am

    The Tudor period as we love looking at all the tudor houses and buildings. So beautiful

  • Kim Carberry

    25th August 2021 at 1:22 pm

    My youngest loves the Romans. She loves learning anything about it. The buildings, all the battles and Julius Caesar. x

  • Laura Johnson

    29th August 2021 at 10:49 am

    My niece loved learning about the Romans, they got to dress up at school!

  • ashleigh allan

    29th August 2021 at 11:11 am

    The victorians – they did a project at school that they loved!

  • Kathleen marsden

    29th August 2021 at 11:19 am

    The Tudor period because he played Henry the eighth in his school play

  • janine atkin

    29th August 2021 at 1:03 pm

    the tudor period as he’s really interested in henry 8th

  • Liz Atkin

    29th August 2021 at 1:31 pm

    mine likes the Mesozoic Era as hes into dinosaurs

  • Renae Shaw

    29th August 2021 at 4:46 pm

    My daughter loves the tudors as she learnt about it in school, especially Henry the 8th, she liked learning about his wives and now loves the songs from SIX all about them

  • John Taggart

    29th August 2021 at 5:10 pm

    The Jurassic period because he loves dinosaurs

  • Susan Willshee

    29th August 2021 at 8:01 pm

    Leo’s favourite period in history would have to be the Mesozoic Era because he is just crazy about dinosaurs. I’m convinced he’s going to be a paleontologist in the future – let’s hope there are still some dinosaurs left for his to discover

  • michelle o’neill

    30th August 2021 at 8:39 am

    my sons are mad on vikings

  • Leah

    30th August 2021 at 8:44 am

    My daughter likes the Victorian era as likes how they dress all fancy

  • Ben Audsley

    30th August 2021 at 10:36 am

    the 1960s space race!!!

  • Rich Tyler

    30th August 2021 at 10:34 pm

    Mine loves the romans

  • katrina walsh

    1st September 2021 at 12:45 am

    The Tudor period mainly due to the unbelievable amount of marriages of Henry VIII 😀 xx

  • Kay Broomfield

    1st September 2021 at 8:56 pm

    My eldest son is fascinated by The Romans and particularly the Gladiator fights.

  • Kirsten Barthy

    1st September 2021 at 9:00 pm

    My daughter likes the suffragette movement- so Victorian era

  • Margaret Gallagher

    1st September 2021 at 9:48 pm

    Tudor period – those wigs and makeup are something sels

  • victoria hulme

    1st September 2021 at 10:01 pm

    The Romans, probably because there was a lot of fighting involved!

  • Claire Hamilton

    2nd September 2021 at 3:56 am

    My son loves anything to do with dinosaurs, so the Jurassic period is his favourite.

  • Maya Russell

    2nd September 2021 at 5:32 am

    Their favourite time in history is the Tudor period because King Henry VIII is so very interesting with his 6 wives!

  • Jodie Green

    2nd September 2021 at 2:15 pm

    My daughters love the Victorian era, they love the clothes and seeing the toys and games they used to play with compared to now

  • jules S eley

    2nd September 2021 at 8:43 pm

    The Roman, all that fighting seems to appeal to them.

  • laura frost

    3rd September 2021 at 10:25 am

    Egyptians, my daughter loves learning about Tutankhamun.

  • Jerry Hinds

    3rd September 2021 at 11:30 am

    My grandchildren would love this (so would I, to be honest). We love playing games. They are drawn to the Tudors for some reason. Their mother was the same. I took them to the childhood home of Lady Jane Grey last week and I was astonished how much the eldest knew about the period.

  • lorraine

    3rd September 2021 at 2:31 pm

    My son loves the rotten Romans because he loves to talk about snot and poo!

  • Charlotte Wilde

    3rd September 2021 at 4:44 pm

    She loves the Romans – i think its all the emperors and what they got up to!

  • Ellen Stafford

    3rd September 2021 at 7:57 pm

    The Tudor period because of Henry VIII

  • Sam Bresnahan

    3rd September 2021 at 8:05 pm

    Tudors, learning it at the moment and really enjoying it so far

  • joanne coulson

    4th September 2021 at 7:43 am

    My grandson loves the Ancient Egyptians, he loves the pyramids

  • Claire Austin

    4th September 2021 at 8:00 am

    My kids love the Tudors – I think they are fascinated by all of the over indulgence and gruesome torture methods!

  • Mandy Desborough

    4th September 2021 at 9:25 am

    My son loves the victorians as they have done it at school and loves the horrible things they had to do

  • Jeanette Leighton

    4th September 2021 at 10:46 am

    Tudors because of king Henry Eighth he was scary but also interesting

  • Pippa Ainsworth

    4th September 2021 at 12:40 pm

    My daughter loves the Tudor period, she is fascinated by Henry VIII’s six wives

  • Kelly Roxanne Smith

    4th September 2021 at 6:04 pm

    Alice loves the Victorian period. She gets to learn all sorts at beamish hall nearby. She gets to dress up which makes a lot of fun for her ❤️

  • Marion Payne

    4th September 2021 at 7:52 pm

    My grandson loves the Egyptians as he has been studying them at school and really enjoyed learning about another age

  • Adrian Bold

    4th September 2021 at 8:46 pm

    My nephew loves the Jurassic Park / World films, so that is his favourite period.

  • Kyomi Johnson

    4th September 2021 at 9:29 pm

    My little niece likes any period utterly she does love the tudors as she loved learning about Henry 8th

  • Sheri Darby

    4th September 2021 at 10:09 pm

    My daughter loves The Tudors

  • Patricia Barrett

    4th September 2021 at 11:19 pm

    My grandson likes the Roman period.

  • Paul Savage

    4th September 2021 at 11:49 pm

    My daughter loves the victorians

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