Digital Detox: Get Your Kids Away From their Screens


Although school is out for the summer, as parents, you probably hardly see your kids as they are barricaded in their rooms staring at their computers or other screens most of the time. Not only does excessive screen time have negative affect on your kids’ brains, you might feel desperate to spend some quality time with them before school starts again. To successfully extract your kids from their electronic pals, consider engaging with them in some of the following fun and healthy activities:

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1. Fly a kite

If your children are used to staying indoors most of the time, you might yearn for creative ways to lure them outside. Flying kites with your kids is a great way to make amazing memories while basking in the glorious sunshine. Consider taking your kids shopping for some unique, interesting kites. Or, even better, you and your children could make your own kites. Get inspired here.

2. Start a coin collection

Creating a collection-whether it’s coins, stamps or other memorabilia-is a wonderful activity to engage in with your kids. Starting a collection can be as simple as going though your spare change or a piggy bank. Bring this activity to your patio table, so your kids can get some extra vitamin D. While looking at rare coins, you and your kids can learn fun, interesting facts about history while having a physical piece of it in front of you. Expert coin collectors, like those at Rocky Mountain Coin, can answer any questions about the history of your and your child’s favorite pieces in the collection. Don’t get into the hobby hoping to turn a profit, though—the value of starting a collection comes from spending time and having fun together.

3. Bake a batch of healthy cookies

Making delicious, yet healthy cookies, is a great way to bond with your kids and teach them about healthy desserts at the same time. Consider investing in fun cookie cutters of different shapes and sizes. Since we are working with kids, opt for kid-safe cutters made of cooking silicon or plastic, not stainless steel. We have plenty of kid-friendly recipes such as vanilla nut cookies or honey cookies to inspire you. You and your kids can also watch our Cooking with Kids video series together to get them excited.

4. Put together a jig saw puzzle

Do you remember putting together jig saw puzzles with your grandparents or parents when you were young? This timeless activity is a fantastic way to keep you and your kids entertained for hours. To make this pursuit educational, think about investing in jig saw puzzles depicting historical buildings, landmarks, or figures.

5. Play a board game

Playing board games is another pastime to enjoy with your kids that never goes out of fashion. It’s a wonderful way for children to improve their focus, concentration, and hand-eye coordination. If you want to get creative and need some tips, check out our simple homemade games and play ideas.

6. Take an exploratory bike ride

Kids of all ages get easily bored outdoors, if there isn’t enough stimulation for them. Taking a bike around your home can get old, but exploring a nearby park or forest, especially during changing seasons, will never get old. If you need help finding the right bicycle for your little ones, check out the latest reviews.

Nowadays, some kids’ hands seem permanently attached to their favorite, electronic devices. While computer usage is certainly beneficial to young children, engaging in non-digital activities can also be stimulating, relaxing, and educational. If you’re struggling to get your kids to put down their computers, encourage them to enjoy one or more of the aforementioned activities. Better yet, make unforgettable memories by doing these fun pastimes together.

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Author:Marlena Stoddard

Marlena is a freelance writer who received her BA from the University of Georgia. She currently resides in Atlanta with her husband, two kids, and puppy Molly Belle.

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