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If you remember back to your childhood, it was likely extremely different from that of your children. The most significant change that has taken place over the past decades is the fast-paced evolution of modern technology and its accessibility. Technology has so many positive uses; many people would feel lost without their devices. But, there is no doubt that for kids, using technology can keep them away from some of the most enjoyable aspects of childhood.
Cutting down on their kids’ screentime is something that many parents actively try to enforce, but with varying degrees of success. If you want to cut down the amount of time your children spend playing video games and using apps, you may like to introduce some super fun alternative activities that do not require a screen. One of the great things about these activities is that they are also helpful in developing your child’s key skills and provide many educational benefits as well as being a lot of fun. Here are some screen-free activity ideas that you may like to try:
Get a Pen Pal
Letter writing is one of those activities that does not seem to happen so much nowadays. But, nothing beats the excitement of getting mail. Encouraging your kids to write letters is a helpful way to get them to improve their writing skills, but it can also help them to stay connected with friends and family that live further away. Having a pen pal and sending letters back and forth can be a lot of fun for kids, and all you need is paper and envelopes to get started.
Try a Science Experiment
Kids are fascinated by science, so setting up some mini experiments at home is sure to attract their attention and drag them away from their screens. Many at-home science experiments can be created using household items and ingredients that you probably already have in the pantry. Nurturing a love of science in your children is an excellent way to keep them entertained while helping to boost their learning. Taking part in safe, kid-friendly science experiments at home is also a perfect way to develop their awareness of the world around them.
Make up a Story
Children have fantastic imaginations, and many kids love to put these to use and enjoy letting them run wild. Encouraging your children to make up a story together is lots of fun and can produce some hilarious results. Why not transform your imaginative tale into a storybook complete with illustrations? This will provide a fun reminder of your crazy story that you can enjoy over and over again.
Get Competitive with Board Games
Does your family have a competitive streak? If so, why not put it to work and host a board game competition? Setting up your favorite family games and challenging each other can be loads of fun. If you enjoy your games night you could make it into a regular event and hold a monthly family games night at home.