5 Fun Ways to Replace Screen Time With Kid Planned Activities

Sep 29 , 2020

5 Fun Ways to Replace Screen Time With Kid Planned Activities

I know I am not the only mom out there that struggles balancing screen time with just about everything else a kid can be doing with their time. Just like for us adults smart phones, tablets and computers can be very addictive. There is so much out there to entertain us, distract us, or simply turn our minds to mush that we sometimes don't realize how much time we are allowing our kids to use screens to entertain themselves.   

As of right now I have 2 year old and a 5 year old and both of them have a IPad that has kids content on them, for the most part up to about now I have not done a very good job monitoring their screen time because frankly I was just as bad about being on the computer as they were. Once I realized the bad habits I was introducing to them. I stepped back and decided it was time to try something different.  We needed a no screen time family rule.  But who likes rules right?  So instead I made it fun, every weekend I carve out 2 hours of uninterrupted time where my son picks the activities that the whole family will do.  This has sparked some amazing adventures over the last several weeks. For my family we have a 5 year old and a 2 year old, so the rule is whatever we pick it has to be suitable or adjustable so his little sister could enjoy it as well. 

Be brave enough to live life creatively If you are struggling like I was to figure out the best way to disconnect from technology for a while try this with your kids. What kid doesn't like to be in charge? 

 "Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative place where no one else has ever been." Alan Alda

Here are 5 ideas to help get your kids creative minds flowing.  

  • Get outside and go to a creek
    One of our most recent kid planned activities was a trip to the creek. Put our suits on, water shoes on and head to a near by creek that was not too deep but deep enough to get wet and walk through water, throw stones, look for fish, and explore the running currents of water.  This required very little planning ahead of time, we just jumped in car and off we went. 
    Take your kids to the creek for the day

  • Be creative with art supplies
    We have endless amounts of supplies lying around markers, crayons, popsicle sticks, glue, glitter, paint, etc. So go wild put out all the supplies on the table and see what type of art your kids will make.  I bought bingo dabbers from amazon and for my daughter that created a master piece. 
    Paint and have fun with kids

  • Miniature golf in the house
    My son wanted to go play miniature golf, but because of COVID19 I was not comfortable going to a golf course. So instead we got creative and create our own course in the house. We had the golf clubs and balls, and just endless amounts of random things to use for obstacles to go around.  We used a piece of cardboard for the goal. Just folded it and gave enough space to get it into hole. I also cheated a little the kids loved it so much and bought a fun golf/croquet course off amazon that we could set up anywhere it had 9 holes  

  • Bubble art
    Did you know if you add food coloring to bubbles and blow them onto paper they will pop and create beautiful art work.  we tried it as a family and the kids loved it.  Super easy to do and can be done with any bubble. Recommend keeping this one outside though!
    Bubble art with food coloring

  • Scrabble for non-readers
    So for me I have 2 non-readers but both are great with letters, and one is working on sight words. So we used the scrabble pieces and created our own sight word paper. For the 2 year old I asked her to point out the letters and put on board and match them. Once the words were complete my son had to tell me the sight word.  Learning for both at different levels. 
    scrabble game

So there you have it 5 easy to do activities with your kids without being on any form of technology. If you wanted to try letting kids plan activities but they can't come up with anything. Just have them give you a direction. My son wanted to play a board game but not any of the ones we had which lead to the scrabble for non-readers.  The trip to the creek came after asking to go to a pool with waterslide. Again can't do right now, so creek with waterfalls was even better!

Have fun and enjoy every moment inspiring your kids! 

Jodi Carlson
I am a mother of 2 beautiful children, wife, and a full time web designer.  I am a mom just trying to juggle a full-time job with a family life.  I share countless tips and tricks of things I have experienced first hand with my kids as I continue to  guide and teach them to become caring, sensible and responsible human beings, all while  working a full time job, maintaining a home and some how still allowing for some personal time and growth. 

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