We all know that too much screen time is not good for kids but decreasing their screen time might be difficult if you don’t have any ideas for other things for them to do. Here is a list of 9 fun things for kids to do with parents for quality time or on their own.
Setting a special time each day just for reading books could be very enjoyable for kids. You could let them pick out a few different books from your local library and they can read it at the special reading time you set or before bed. They might be interested in novels, comic books, picture books for younger kids or even audiobooks.
2) Cooking and Baking:
Lots of kids really enjoy cooking and baking, so you could also have a set time where they could choose what they want to cook for a certain meal or dessert and let them make it by themselves while supervising, or if they’re younger you can help them with it. For beginners, it might be a good idea to start with easy and fun recipes like cupcakes or cookies.
Painting is a very creative activity for kids and there are lots of different ways to paint and lots of different tools to use. A few painting ways they might be interested in includes:
4) Crochet and knitting
Crocheting or Knitting might also be a great activity for your kids, there are lots of different colored yarns and patterns they can choose by themselves. They could make cute accessories for themselves and their friends, or even warm scarves and gloves.
For Sewing there are also lots of different fabrics and patterns to choose from. They could make clothes for their dolls or they could even make cute plushies.
Crafting is one of the easiest things for kids to do, just give them some construction paper and some glue and they can make anything they want. You can also add in some googly eyes, popsicle sticks, buttons or anything! Just be careful with the glitter because it might be hard to clean.
Athletic kids might be interested in participating in sports for fun. They might be interested in Soccer, basketball, ballet, gymnastics, karate or other sports.
Kids could pick out their own special notebooks and pencils to write out short stories and later add their drawings to it and make a short storybook.
Kids could choose their own easy to take care of plants, it could be indoor or outdoor plants. They could enjoy taking care of the plants and watering them every day. They could even give the plant names.
There are lots of fun activities and hobbies for kids to do daily. You can combine the different ideas they like and plan a weekly activity schedule, so you’ll never run out of ideas.
There are lots of benefits to screen time but also lots of dangers. Learning to manage your child's screen time is one of the most important activities you can do as a parent. To get an in depth understanding of the dangers of screen time and how to manage that danger check out this podcast with Chelsea Brown.
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