How to Get Kids Off Screens and into the Real World

Posted by Anna Hernandez on

In today's digital age, it's common to find kids glued to their screens, often missing out on the joys of the great outdoors and face-to-face interactions. As summer rolls around, it offers a perfect opportunity to encourage kids to set aside their iPads and engage in activities that promote physical health, creativity, and social skills. Here are some fun and engaging ideas to help your kids disconnect from technology and reconnect with the world around them this summer.

  1. Nature Scavenger Hunts Turn a simple walk in the park into an exciting adventure with a nature scavenger hunt. Prepare a list of items for your kids to find, such as a certain type of leaf, a rock shaped like a heart, or a feather. This activity not only encourages physical activity but also sharpens observational skills and deepens an appreciation for nature.
  2. Family Bike Rides Organize regular family bike rides in a local park or along a community trail. Cycling is a fantastic way to get exercise and spend quality time together. Plan different routes to keep the rides interesting, and perhaps pack a picnic to enjoy along the way.
  3. Gardening Projects Gardening is a rewarding activity that can engage kids for hours. Start a small vegetable garden or a flower patch, or even simple container gardening if space is limited. Gardening also teaches responsibility and patience.
  4. Chalk Art Get their creativity going with chalk art on your sidewalk or driveway. They'll love the large canvas and can have fun with other kids who want to get in on the activity! It not only sparks creativity but also gets kids enjoying the fresh air (if you need some hats for while they work, we've got some ;)
  5. Water Play On hot days, set up a sprinkler, a kiddie pool, or a homemade water slide in your backyard. Invite neighborhood kids for added fun. Activities like water balloon fights or squirt gun battles are great for cooling off and promoting active play.
  6. Camping in the Backyard You don't need to trek into the wilderness for a camping experience. Set up a tent in the backyard, complete with a campfire (real or artificial), marshmallow roasting, and stargazing. It’s a great way for kids to experience camping in a safe and controlled environment.
  7. Weekly "No Screen" Days Start a weekly "no screen" day, where the whole family participates in activities that don't involve screens. This could include reading books, playing board games, or exploring new hobbies together.

Conclusion: Reducing screen time doesn't have to be a chore. With these fun summer activities, you can easily entice kids to put down their devices and engage in meaningful experiences. Not only will these activities keep them active and entertained, but they'll also provide valuable life lessons and family bonding opportunities. Here's to a summer filled with laughter, adventure, and real-world connections!

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