In this day and age, there are screens every way you turn. We know that too much screen time isn’t good for kids, but it’s tough to know how and when to limit it, especially during the school holidays when the dreaded b-word comes out to play (we mean bored, by the way).
It’s difficult to tell your kids that they need to limit their screen time if you aren’t able to offer any alternative activities, so we’ve put together a list of just those. These are all things you’ll be able to pull out of your back pocket whenever the need arises to tell your kids it’s time to step away from the screen!
- “Bored” games
See what we did there? Instead of games on tablets, phones or consoles, offer your kids a more traditional alternative and dust off some old board games. Older kids will love the classics like Cluedo, Monopoly, and Family Feud, while younger kids can enjoy games like Buckaroo, Guess Who, and Snakes and Ladders. Card games can also be super fun for all the family, and you can change up the games and difficult depending on who’s playing! So, grab a deck of cards and shuffle them off their phones if you have to!
- Get crafty
Channel your inner artist – and that of your kids – by getting crafty with them. Craft supplies are super easy to get hold of nowadays, but you’d be surprised by how many cool things you can make with items you already have around the house, or even from your recycling box! You could rope your kids into making something lovely for the home, or you could just create some super cute egg carton animals like these!
If you aren’t crafty, then you can just get arty. All you need is paper and pencils! You can each decide something to draw, or you could even draw each other! There are endless ways to create, and it’s a great way of boosting the mood in your home.
- Go outside!
Our childhoods were filled with racing down back lanes, climbing trees, riding bikes, building forest forts and playing tag in the woods – introduce your childhood to your kids! Get outside, breathe in the fresh air, and play like a child again. It’s liberating! And a really fun way to get some fresh air and exercise, and get the kids away from the screens to have some good old-fashioned fun.
- Play dates and hangouts
For young kids, be sure to arrange screen-free playdates and let the kids play with their real toys, play make believe and have fun with a friend. For older kids, be sure they get to hang out with their friends away from screens as well. With such an emphasis on social media days, we’re losing touch with our real social lives – be sure they’re still actually talking with their friends, and give them lots of opportunities to do so by inviting them round.
If your kids are turning to screens because they’re “bored” or “have nothing better to do”, then give them something worthwhile to do! In a home, there is always work to be done, so put them to work! Giving your kids daily chores can help them feel competent, give them a sense of accomplishment, give them more understanding of the work that you do every day, and can put them on their way to becoming more independent adults!
- In the kitchen
As well as cleaning the kitchen, get your kids cooking as well! This can give all the same benefits as giving your kids chores, as well getting to enjoy some yummy food together! You can start by making these awesome Choc Chip Cookie Hearts or these yummy Chocolate Crackles both of which are totally sugar free! Both desserts are teeth-friendly, so it makes a great bribe for kids to get off the screens!
So whatever the weather, you’ve now got a whole bag full of tricks you can pull when the kids are spending too much time glued to their screens. Whip out any one of these awesome ideas to get them to take a break from tech, and enjoy the masterpieces made, the relationships created, and the cakes baked!
What’s your number one tip for getting your kids away from the screen? Leave a comment letting us know so that we can all slip another trick up our sleeves!