Grownup Gripe: You can’t go anywhere these days without seeing everyone’s head buried in a handheld device, EVEN the littlest of children.
What the hell happened to plain being bored?
Sure when we were little we had limited options but this helped us be more creative in the end.
We know bored, like we REALLY know bored.
Kids these days that say they have nothing to do while incessantly scrolling haven’t got a clue.
If we weren’t worried about child screen time BEFORE COVID, we definitely should be now.
When the Pandemic hit we had no choice but to occupy some, not all (though it felt that way at times) of our kid’s downtime with electronics.
This never ending screen time has the potential serious impacts on the adolescence of today.
A new Stanford study concluded our kids will experience a HUGE withdrawal from the sheer amount of instant gratification they received during the last year of their incessant scrolling.
Furthermore after being subjected to so much online reward there will be consequences yet still unsure of the TOTAL impact this will have.
So how can we help our kids break their electronics addictions after their handheld computers have become such a main stay?
It won’t be easy depending on the ages of your kids-I don’t have teenagers yet?-but for littles it’s all in how you sell it and making it fun.
Just in time for summer!
Trust me if you get involved even if just for a few I guarantee they’ll love it no matter what.
And if there was a game you really loved as a kid I promise you’ll even sincerely get into it as soon as you start. It will bring you back to your youth!
Here are some of my old favs and some my kids have seen on YouTube 🤦♀️ that occupy hours!
Hope you and yours enjoy as much as we do!
20 Old-School Kids Games that DON’T Involve a Screen
Do it outside/inside and just throw things in a line that they can jump over, go under, swing from, you name it the sky is the limit here.
Depending on the ages of your kids hide like 20 items and go make them find them. Especially if you have older kids this couldn’t be a more awesome activity for you to get a break for a bit.
Hide and Seek
Admittedly this is one they love to play with you but again take your phone, YES we all have addictions too (read more about yours here) and get yourself a break in a dark closet. Hint make it comfortable for yourself – the better the hiding space the longer you’re on your own.
Heads Up 7 Up
OK if you don’t remember being a kid and playing this in your classroom and sneaking peaks at kids gym shoes so you knew who it was, we’re not cut from the same cloth. Here’s how to play. This is my little one’s favorite.
If you’re old-school like me you still have your old boombox but if you must you may use a screen for this you can teach old dances and songs (if you’ve got two left feet like me🤣). No matter what the kids love seeing you dance and it’s a great way to get their energy out.
This was my mama‘s favorites (in addition to Jacks-see below) and all you need is some good dark asphalt and a piece of chalk or tape on carpet. Make your hopscotch course and start jumping! Not only is this great exercise it’s also good for their hand and eye coordination.
Admittedly when I just wrote that I remembered Jack’s and didn’t think they’d be around anymore but I just easily found them on a Google search here at Target. I’m going to buy some for my kids now, you don’t have to this is not one of my affiliates but again great for hand and I coordination and I bet the little kids’ll love it.
Tic, tac, toe and rock, paper scissors
These are easy go-tos especially while traveling because all you need are your hands or some paper and a writing utensil to be entertained. These easy games are good activities for siblings.
Build Musical Instruments out of Recycling
Click here to learn how to create the instruments. BONUS: start a band and have them come up with a performance… This is a great one if there are a lot of kiddos over and the parents are trying to buy a little time. Sell it as a performance at the end for all the folks and they’ll be all in.
Write, Direct and Perform a Play
This is another good one for a group but if you sell it to them under the guise of creating a viral YouTube video based on their preparation and performance you’ll get their ears to perk up.
Paper Airplane Wars
Admittedly I didn’t think they would get into this as much as they do. Not only is it fun to design and actually fly something they created from just a piece of paper but once they get them to fly aerodynamically (great math lesson too) they really enjoy the competitive aspect of it as well.
Find some old pillowcases and let them hop away. Obviously good exercise but also so fun.
Build a Fort
Go through your linen closet and pull every huge king sized/large sheet you can find then let them go to town. You may need to provide some instruction but once you show them a few tricks chances are they’ll want to do it themselves.
This can be as simple as throwing pillows on the ground that they have to jump around but if your kid watches any of the YouTube videos that mine do they create visual lava in Photoshop so let your kids take the lead here.
24 Hour “Challenges”
Again ask your kiddo they know all about these things, whether it’s during a sleepover and it’s 24 hours in the bathroom which usually lasts about 24 minutes or 24 hours of not talking, whatever it is they decide on it probably won’t last the whole 24 hours but they’ll have fun trying to “succeed.”
Anything you do with water is a win with kids. Water balloons are a huge hit but also can get dicey if you’ve got kids that play rough but it can be as easy as playing in a sprinkler or a bucket of soap and water along with some rags so they can wash their bike or your car. They 💕 it!
Make a Time Capsule
This is a fun one but you’ll have to remember where you guys bury it which is a bonus if you task them with creating the map of the buried treasure. Make sure you look at what they put in there (no valuables or favorite snugglies) and be sure to get a box that won’t disintegrate but then it’s up to you all what you want to put in there.
I don’t know about you but I loved tag as a kid. If you really want a lot of buy-and get some glow sticks or bracelets/necklaces and wait till it gets dark-this makes it really fun. It also gets them really tired (if there’s good competition there👌.)
There are a million different options now whether you want to put a glove on and dip it into solution or use one of those long wands to get the big long never ending bubbles to really get the kids going. Obviously the younger ones will like this more than the older ones but if you’ve got good bubble solution and good wands, it’s cool!
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Excessive screen time truly is a problem for all of us but if there are ways we can help nip it in the bud at least a bit when they’re young it’ll help.
It’s a double edge sword because we get so much from our devices but they also do some damage.
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