40 Alternatives to Screen Time While you may not want to completely unplug this summer, planning alternative ways to entertain the kids is always a great idea. Get the family together and choose fun ways to spend your free time. Here a suggestions to help fill the gaps left by technology. Add some to your bucket list!
Take a walk through the neighborhood with the dogs – or a friend.
Rollerblade around cones in a parking lot.
Head to the park and play.
Jump rope in the driveway.
Plant seeds to start a garden.
Have a backyard picnic.
Have an outside scavenger hunt.
Make a Game of It
Play card games like Uno, Hearts or Rummy.
Bring out board game classics like Monopoly or Sorry!
Create a game like Battleship out of two pizza boxes.
Make an easy tic tac toe board on the floor using colored bean bags for the X and O.
Play Classic Road Trip Games at Home
Name that Tune: Turn on the radio and see how quickly you can identify songs.
I Spy: Describe something in the house so other players can guess what it is.
Alphabet Game: Name animals, foods or athletes starting with the letter A, then B, and so on.
Write a short story with the kids.
Mad Libs: Fill in the blanks to short stories and be prepared to giggle at the outcome.
Spend Time with Family
Look through photo albums or school memorabilia.
Use your talents to create a family variety show.
Cook dinner together or bake cookies.
Sing karaoke or have a dance party.
Listen to a book on CD together every night.
Get the book, DIY Box Creations: Fun and creative projects to make out of REALLY BIG BOXES! Instructions for 12 great projects the family can make together such as a rocket, puppet theatre; retro stove and more.
Make homemade Play-Doh from Kool-Aid.
Build structures with marshmallows and toothpicks.
Create pasta people with glue and a variety of pasta shapes.
Use duct tape and cardboard to make swords and shields.
Use watercolors to paint a summer sky.
Learn to sew.
Get Out and Go
Head to the pool for a game of Marco Polo.
Go to the Beach.
Do Something for Animals
Teach your dog a new trick.
String popcorn for birds or craft a homemade bird feeder.
Collect towels and blankets for animals at the Kauai Humane Society.
Use your Imagination
Make paper airplanes out of colored paper.
Build skyscrapers out of Legos or Tinker Toys.
Use large cardboard boxes to create kid-sized houses that they can decorate.
Expand your Mind
Play Sudoku or complete a word search.
Browse the library for a good book.
Put together a model car.
Set up a home laboratory and create some science experiments.