20 family entertainment ideas that are old-fashioned and can be used instead of screen time

Parents know how difficult it is to keep their children occupied and engaged, especially when so many factors such as after-school, rainy weekends, sick days, and even a pandemic forced them to stay home for several months. While there is no reason to feel guilty about screen-time, it is understandable that parents are concerned about their children’s use of screens.

Don’t worry if you are having trouble finding things to do with your children when they are bored. While this list of 20 fun, tech-free activities for children should keep your toddler or preschooler busy, it will also keep you and your child entertained (without the eye strain).

These are 20 fun and old-fashioned activities that kids can do to pass the time when they get bored.

  1. Create a game box.

You can fill a box with items your child can use alone, such as colouring books or simple puzzles. The box can be used to keep your children busy when you are not available. Although your child may initially resist the idea, they will eventually accept the “game box” time as part of their daily routine.

  1. Let them create their cartoon.

Make your cartoons instead of watching them. Ask your children to draw a hero or a villain with crayons and paper. Let them finish drawing, and then tell you the story of their hero.

  1. Allow them to help.

Let them help you with cooking and cleaning. Please give them a job that they can do. Young children might help with setting the table or stringing beans. Older children might need to slice and clean up after themselves.

  1. You should assign them a task.

Make it a big deal by giving your child a task. Tell your child to draw a picture of daddy or build a fort for Grandma. They will be happy to work on it themselves if they feel it is important.

  1. Make an idea box.

Please discuss with your children ways they can overcome boredom. Take their ideas and write them down. Then, please put them in a box. Next time they feel bored, let them choose one of their suggestions. They’ll be more likely to do it because it was their idea.

  1. Make unique toys.

Toys that allow children to create will keep them entertained for a long period. Buy Legos, Puzzles, and Play-Dough. Your child will be able to play with them for hours and build their spatial reasoning.

  1. Create a treasure hunt.

You can hide a sticker or a coin somewhere in your house. You can give your children clues and let them have fun trying to find them. You can make it difficult to find so they are more resilient and will find the things themselves without asking for help.

  1. Encourage outdoor play.

Remember how your parents kept us busy. Give your child a ball, a stick and let them play. Keep them out of your sight if you are concerned about their safety. They will be fine.

  1. Organise a play date.

Make a deal with another parent from your area. Please send your child over to their house to play when you are short on time. You’ll need to let your kid bring their child over from time to time. They can become distracted when they play with their siblings.

  1. Fortify your home.

A secret base is something that every child loves to create. You can challenge your child to make a fort with a couple of pillows and blankets. They’ll also be more inclined to play on their own once they are inside.

  1. Create a sculpture.

Ask your child to create a sculpture using pipe cleaners, Styrofoam, or other child-friendly material. You can use any object, but it is best to choose your favourite heroes.

  1. Listen to an audiobook.

Audio versions of your favourite books are great for children who are too young to read on their own. You can have your child sit down, turn the pages, and listen to a friendly voice read them. You can also use your phone to create a recording if there isn’t one.

  1. Use locks + bolts.

Give your child a lock, key, or nut and bolt to play with. Children younger than 5 years old will love unlocking things. It’s a great way to improve motor skills and their attention span. You can give them various keys and locks to see if they can identify which lock belongs with which key.

  1. Mixing can be messy.

Let them have fun. Place a large tarp on the ground and give your child bowls and other kitchen items that they can use to mix and match. You will see your child so excited when they can get messy indoors that they’ll be able to play freely without you.

  1. Play verbal games.

You can take turns naming animals for each letter in the alphabet or playing 20 Questions. While quizzing your child, you can cook, clean, or get ready.

  1. You can create scavenger hunting.

It doesn’t matter how many things you make. Just say, “Find me something that begins with the letter B,” and let your kids search the house. You might reward your children by giving them a choice of a meal to eat after they have found 10 items.

  1. Plant a garden.

Consider giving your child a small, easy-to-care-for plant. Perhaps they can plant a small herb garden or some flowers on the windowsill. Have them water the plant each morning. If you have a minute, ask them to come back and check it. They will be completely immersed in the work.

  1. A science experiment?

Allow your children to explore the world around them. Let your children explore the world by teaching them something about an object. This could be as simple as giving them a magnet to help them see what sticks or giving them water to encourage them to see if they sink or float.

  1. Explore new areas with new tools

Giving a child a tool can keep them busy for hours. You can give your children a magnifying lens, a combination lock, or flashlight and let them discover how it works.

You might also consider giving your child a digital camera. You can get some work done while they are distracted by taking selfies or videos. You’ll be able to see the world through your child’s eyes.

  1. Give them chores.

Your children can help you clean your kitchen. Although this is not a common option, it can benefit your children. You will not only be able to take the time you need, but also your children will see that they are responsible for keeping the house clean.

It can be difficult to keep little ones entertained, but you can try new activities that will help them get used to being independent.


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