In our modern world, some kids learn how to type before they even learn how to spell. It’s so different from childhood twenty years ago, when most adults didn’t have a mobile phone. Now, as a parent, it can be difficult watching our kids growing up and spending so much time looking at screens, whether it’s for leisure or education purposes. So, what are 5 screen free activities for kids?
Arts and crafts
Whether your children are naturally artistic or not, all kids should try arts and crafts. The great thing about arts and crafts is that there’s so much variety that there’s something for everyone. This can include drawing, jewellery making, papier-mâché, card making, sewing and so much more. If you’re not sure where to start with arts and crafts, Wicked Uncle have some excellent artistic gift ideas, such as wash-out doodle pillows, jewellery making kits and artist boxes. Alternatively, kids are naturally creative so you could simply give them some paper, crayons and glue and you’ll be surprised about what they could make.
What better way to bond with your child and get them away from a screen than by teaching them how to cook? Children love getting their hands messy and eating delicious food, so they will love playing around in the kitchen. Whether its desserts (these easy fruit meringues are a perfect introduction), savoury snacks or a full blown main course, your kids will love the sense of responsibility that cooking brings, and will be pleased to see their hard work paying off in the form of a delicious invention. Plus, you get a happy helper in the kitchen!
Kids love running around and letting off steam. So, why not encourage them to join a sports team? Instead of playing games online, they’ll get a sense of real life competition and the stakes that are involved. Plus, they’ll learn about team-work, losing in a healthy way and forming strong relationships. Don’t worry if your child isn’t naturally sporty, there are plenty of different activities that they can try. From football to gymnastics to Frisbee, there’s something for everyone, and different groups will support different abilities. Your child might just want to chuck a ball about without worrying about winning matches, and that’s fine too.
If your child has a flair for the dramatic, they might enjoy putting their acting abilities to the test and joining a drama class. Like sports, drama has many benefits for children including team work, confidence building and encouraging them to play. Plus, they’ll work on their communication skills and meet new and interesting people. They might even become the next Olivia Colman… you hope.
When you’re a child, life is an adventure. Kids have imaginative brains, and so you won’t be surprised when you find them foraging in the garden, hiding in a duvet fort or pretending to be a superhero. So, why not fuel their adventurous ways and take them on a real outdoor adventure? This could be a hike, a camping trip or an adventure park where they get to climb over obstacles and go on zip-wires. The fresh air will do them good, and there won’t be a screen in sight.