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10 Simple Alternatives to Screen Time for Kids

My husband and I have a rule in our home for limiting screen time for our children. We allow our children 30 minutes apiece on their tablets, video games, and TV. We had to implement this rule after noticing a pattern of bad behavior after our children would spend a long amount of time on their tablet or playing video games. There are plenty of good alternatives to screen time.

I mean, let’s be honest here… as a child, I spent most of my days playing outdoors. Even when it was raining or snowing. (That was our favorite time!) I remember running around our yard barefoot in the pouring rain and jumping in the biggest, muddiest puddles I could find. Despite all the fun things I can think of doing that does not include a screen, my kids always seem to come into the room saying…”I’m bored!” or “There’s nothing to do.” Well, this post is the solution to those “I’m bored” moments. Here are 10 Simple Alternatives to Screen Time for Kids.

10 Simple Alternatives to Screen Time for Kids

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10 Simple Alternatives to Screen Time for Kids

(Note: My kids range from ages 2 to almost 10… they all enjoy these activities!)

#1 Build a Fort

My kids do this all the time! Pull some kitchen chairs to an open area, and grab as many blankets as you can find. Cover the chairs and the floor with pillows, and don’t forget your flashlights! Sometimes they drag mom and dad inside, too. Then we sit around and take turns telling silly stories.

#2 Go outside

Send your kids outside! They will find something fun to do out there. I promise! My kids love to play whiffle ball. So when the weather is right, they set up their bases and play whiffle ball together. Even my husband enjoys joining in on the games!

#3 Have a jump rope contest.

This sounds a bit silly, but my kids love to do anything if you put the word contest with it. Even with house cleaning. “Let’s see who can get their room clean first!” HAHA! But, really, we just did a jump rope contest the other day. We all took turns jumping rope to see who could last the longest. Needless to say, I was not the winner! But, my kids had a blast, and got some good exercise!

#4 Bake Cookies

Teaching your kids how to bake cookies is a great activity. They love to learn new things, especially when they are getting to do something that is a grown-up activity like cooking! We make our cookie dough from scratch. Mainly because it is more fun to put all the ingredients together and mix it all up. All of my kids can take part in this activity from pouring in chocolate chips to putting them in the oven. If your kids are older, let them do most of the work or even all of the work. In the end, you get to eat some delicious cookies and drink a cold glass of milk! Sounds good to me!

#5 Go to the Library

Take your kids to the local library for story hour or just to pick out a few new books. Our library has puppets, toys, board games, and even a lego wall for the older kids. We can spend hours in the library!

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#6 Head to the Park

If the weather is nice, take them to the park. What kid doesn’t enjoy the park??

#7 Color or Draw

I have a box of coloring books (children’s and adult coloring books) that I keep in my homeschool closet. I also keep a box of drawing books as well. So when they are bored, they can access the books easily. I also keep the colored pencils, crayons, and markers in arms reach.

#8 Catch up on some reading.

When I hear the word bored, one of the first things I say is, “Go grab a book.” It’s the perfect time for them to read something for fun or to catch up on any reading for school.

#9 Play with their toys.

This may seem like the most obvious thing in the entire world, but believe it or not, I have to remind my kids to do this sometimes! We have toy boxes with legos, barbies, dolls, action figures, hot wheels, and more! Yet, I somehow have to remind them that they are there.

#10 Play a Board Game

This used to be one of my favorite things to do. We had a closet full of board games, and we played them all the time. Over the years we have collected quite a few board games for my kids. One of their favorites is this Pirates of the Caribbean Life game that I got at a yard sale for $2!!

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What do you do to cut out screen time for kids?

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