In this day and age, people are on screens probably too much. This also now includes kids. It’s so important to introduce no screen time into their daily routine. Social media can be bad for their mental health In the long term as well as too much screen time affecting their focus, school work and concentration. Here are a few things you can do without screens to keep them happy and busy
1. Scavenger Hunt
These are a lot of fun. They take a bit of time to prepare but are so engaging and fun for all of the family. Scavenger hunts can be adapted to whatever you are. If you’re at home you can make a list of things for your children to find within the house and you could also look at going to a woodland area and giving them things to find that could be seasonal. For example, in the autumn you could choose a red leaf, acorn, worm and a stick. You can be as creative as you want with it and even have a prize for the person who finds everything first.
2. Games Night
Another great option for offscreen fun is board games. There are so many board games now that whatever you’re interested in there will be something to suit everyone. The classics are always the best to have as a baseline like operation, monopoly and scrabble. Not only other things, but they also can help teach and educate your children in different ways. For example, scrabble will help them with their literacy and putting words together as well as finding words out of different letters. And if they do struggle with this they can use an unscrambler.
3. Embrace The Outdoors
If you still need to find fun things to do which don’t include screens, embrace the outdoors and the beauty that nature brings. There is so much that you can do that can involve everyone. There are so many options and something to suit everyone. You could go on a bike ride as a family and find a beautiful spot where you can have a picnic. You could have a friendly family game of football, go for a walk in the woods and even go to a local farm where you can get your vegetables and fruit like strawberries, pumpkins or whatever is in season.
4. Get The Kids In The Kitchen
So many kids love to bake cookies and yummy treats. It is a great activity for them to get involved in where screens are not included. They could even help with simple things like helping cook dinner. You can try making your pizza night, making pancakes or teaching them something like how to make a lasagne and let them layer and make it up for dinner. They will enjoy it, feel proud and probably enjoy their dinner a lot more knowing they helped make it.
Things like this will benefit them in a whole host of ways as well as making memories and having the quality family time they will cherish.