Electronic screens boasting captivating apps with alluring graphics and stimulating sounds are taking up more and more of your children’s time. At present, the average American child between the ages of 8 and 12 spends nearly 6 hours a day in front of a screen, according to Common Sense Media. While limited time spent in front of a screen can form part of a healthy lifestyle, it’s important that children can curb their boredom in other ways as well. Luckily, there are countless activities that will get both parents and children away from their screens, while having fun and making precious memories.
Bake (or cook) up a storm
Cooking and baking is not only a fun way to get the kids away from their smartphones and gaming consoles, but also an educational one. Apart from boosting language development and fine motor skills, whipping up an array of healthy delicacies with your children also provides them with valuable life skills that will benefit them well into adulthood. If you’re worried about the mess your kitchen will be left in, don’t despair, as there are tons of healthy, child-friendly recipes out there that are not overly labor-intensive. Some goodies worth attempting include fruit kebabs, oatmeal cookies, muffins, sliders, and even mini pizzas. Get your kids involved in the choosing of recipes, as they are more likely to enjoy the activity if they’re involved from the get-go.
Find a fun subscription service to sign up for
Subscription services can be a great investment for any parent. Signing up for a magazine or subscription box service can prove to be very exciting for children and parents alike. Children thrive on anticipation, and having something to look forward to at regular intervals is bound to send their ecstasy levels through the roof. Consider signing up for a subscription to a magazine like National Geographic Kids, ChickaDee or Stone Soup, which will provide your children with many hours of enjoyable and educational entertainment. Subscription boxes are all the hype right now, and depending on what box you sign up for, you can expect to receive anything from age-appropriate DIY toys and arts & crafts activities, to science experiments and a selection of board games that will keep the kids entertained for hours at a time.
Explore the great outdoors
Children are natural explorers who can benefit greatly from spending time outdoors. While it may seem that taking a hike up a mountainside is the only way to truly benefit from being outside, it is very far from the truth. Any outdoor activity, whether it is tending to a veggie garden or playing baseball in the park, is not only enjoyable but extremely beneficial to the health of the whole family. Being outdoors can improve creativity significantly, while also boosting the immune system and natural energy levels. Other fun outdoor activities to consider include going on a scavenger hunt, painting rocks, riding bikes and having a nice picnic.
Spending time away from electronic screens is vital for the healthy development of any child. Luckily, there are so many fun activities to partake in that most children won’t even realize that they’ve gone almost an entire day without spending time on their favorite electronic device.
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