It’s easy to fall into the simple trap of technology with our children, giving a child an iPad to keep them preoccupied while you go about your day. It’s a convenient babysitter. How often do you spend time online? Have you been challenged lately to take a break from your TV or computer? While there are times that electronics and the Internet are required, it can do wonders to just step away for a time.
Here are five activities your family can do that don’t include electronics.
What better way to enjoy time together than an outing to the library? Most libraries have story time for the younger children. You can pick out books you can read to your younger kids later. Let your older children choose a book to bring home. An outing to the library is a great introduction to reading, and a membership usually doesn’t cost, which can be nice for families who are financially strapped and can’t go to bookstores. You get access to hundreds or thousands of books for free!
Whether you are in the country or the city, a walk is a lovely way to enjoy your day. While the summer days might be too hot, an evening walk right as the sun sets is enjoyable. Grab the stroller and some walking shoes. Take a walk to the food mart to grab a snack, or head to the nearest park for some extra play time. You could even have your older children take the younger ones to the park while you get some much-needed rest. Doesn’t that sound nice?
Young and old can get in on this. Older kids and adults can play games like Monopoly or Scrabble, while the younger kids have fun playing Candyland or Mouse Trap. Bring everyone together for a couple rounds of Go Fish or Uno! There are hundreds of board games and card games; find some favorites and try out new ones.
If you have children over five or six, bowling is usually a fun activity. Younger children will need help, but you can have a lot of fun with the older children. Perhaps let them bring their friends. Play boys versus girls or adults against kids. This is a great idea that doesn’t involve electronics, beyond the computer you put your nicknames into, and allows the group to converse while playing. It’s a perfect time to bond.
If you want to take it easy by staying home, take your dining table and cover it with paper. Grab some crafts such as markers and stickers and let the kids explore with their creative side (though you should probably make sure the markers don’t bleed through the paper). Buy some playdough or shaving cream and let your kids go wild. Join them in the fun. It’s entertaining regardless of age.
It can be hard to come up with activities that get your family together without everyone stuck in the phones or iPads, but with a little thought and creativity, you can find plenty of fun things to do. And best of all, most of these types of activities are inexpensive. Choose an activity you think your family would enjoy and see what happens.