Screen Time Alternatives

Fun and creative ways to entertain the family that don’t require a charger.

Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

I’m not going to sugar coat it, my kids watch TV. They don’t watch a lot of it, but I’d say they average two 20 minute shows a day. We are big fans of PBS and shows that teach a lesson or have wholesome messages, but I would be lying if I said they hadn’t dabbled in the YouTube kids app complete with those egg videos (consider yourself lucky if you have no idea what I am talking about.)

But I think we can all agree that these screen times are in no way better than getting our kids outside (when weather is appropriate) or creative play. So, here are some fun ideas and alternatives to screen time.

When the sun is out the screen is away! Here are some outdoor activities:

Scavenger Hunt. This doesn’t have to be hard! Don’t overthink it. Grab some markers (have your older children help write) and make a list of items to find in the yard or on a walk. Think simple things for the younger kids, rock, flower, etc…or make it harder for the older ones…Red Cardinal, man on a bike, etc…

Hide and seek. There is a reason this is such a classic game! You can play it inside, outside and our favorite variation is to...

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