We are finally coming out of the Winter season and looking forward to a (hopefully!) long Summer here in the UK. It’s been lovely to enjoy some down time while it’s been cold and grey outside – watching movies and snuggling in the warm.
In fact, since the Christmas holidays, it’s been a regular ritual to be indoors early, pjs on, under duvets, watching films and eating snacks while the wind howls and the rain pours outside. I have been quite lax with the kids’ screen time, maybe because I’ve been feeling tired myself and so have used it to my advantage.
Lighter Days are Here – Put the Tablets Down!
However, the clocks have now gone forward, the days are brighter and evenings longer so I’m feeling motivated to do more meaningful family activities that don’t involve digital entertainment.
I’ve done a little research and come up with some ideas that I can pull out of the bag when the kids start hounding to get their tablets out.
I thought it would be great to share and hopefully give you amazing Mummas some inspiration too. I would love to hear your ideas as well to add to my collection, so please share in the comments below!
20 Screen-free Activities to Try
1. Learn about a different culture and have an international dinner
2. Teach your child some of your favourite childhood games (e.g. Jacks, marbles, Boggle)
3. Play charades (this is so much fun and you can buy charades for kids here)
4. Cook a meal together, with everyone preparing a part of the meal. Sit down and eat together
5. Put on some music and dance around the house
6. Wake up early and make pancakes at the weekend
7. Plant some spring bulbs or make a vegetable patch or herb box
8. Take photographs and then organise them into an album
9. Draw family portraits together
10. Have a water balloon fight
11. Start a family journal/diary
12. Make a bird feeder to put out in your garden or local area
13. Bake cakes and have a cake sale for charity
14. Sort through your old clothes and toys and donate them to charity
15. Create your own games (see my blog on creating indoor activities here)
16. Make a gratitude box. Write down things you are grateful for each day to put in the box to read to each other at the end of the week
17. Make up a fiction story together. Each of you take turns to tell the next part of the story
18. Try a new sport – yoga, frisbee (We bought the Yoga Bug book and use this!)
19. Design a family project (e.g. to learn facts about the moon)
20. Make a family dr;eam box – cut out pictures of places you would like to visit and things you would like to do/experience and put them in your dream box
So I hope you try out some of these ideas. Make a plan to unplug from all things digital and spend all that free time playing, creating, exploring, and connecting with family and friends!
Now don’t get me wrong, we will still enjoy MANY movie nights in the Walton household, but it’s nice to have a handy stack of ideas ready for when you do switch off!