Ideas for Device Free Fun
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Ever spend the day hanging out at home and before you know it, every member of the family has retreated into their own space, face down into their device? Before you know it, several hours have passed and Saturday afternoon has turned into Saturday evening.
This is an all too common scenario these days. With our busy lives, downtime is is important, but with devices, minutes can easily turn into hours and before too long, the family connections that are so important dwindle away.
What doesn’t work – mom has assessed the situation and realized that the family hasn’t moved from their devices in a few hours and in a fit delivers the “Okay, I’ve had it, everybody give me your devices and let’s go outside and do something!” We hear stories of parents confiscating devices, hiding them, and then kids getting frustrated and resentful.
There is a better option – decide in advance on a device-free day or block of time. Have the whole family come up with ideas for fun activities that can be done without devices. Have the family come up with some ideas together. If you’re at a loss, we’ve got some ideas for the cooler weather now that Fall is here and it is cooler (at least in most parts of the country). Use some of these for inspiration:
Here are a couple of fun Karaoke machines that the family can enjoy together or the kids can get up and perform among themselves. We know that the Karaoke machines these days include connections for devices while we are advocating for a device free day. Just remember that using a parental control app will give the child the opportunity to engage in this fun activity and not be tempted to text or use social media. Another option you may want to consider to help avoid temptation – we have an older iPod Touch that we use for situations like this.
These are just a couple of options. You can find lots more family-friendly karaoke machines and microphones here.
Here are a couple of fun games that the family can enjoy together or the kids can break out to enjoy on their own. Our suggestions run across age-ranges so there is something for most kid age ranges.
These are just a couple of options. You can find lots more family-friendly games to choose from here.
When was the last time your family tackled a puzzle together? We did one recently with some friends and it was addictive. Add to that our competitive nature – at some points it was kids against parents, guys against gals. Who could complete more pieces? Dinner was ready and waiting and we had to be pulled away from the puzzle! Here are a few to check out – easy, medium and a bit harder. Use the age ranges as guidelines. We know some puzzle-loving kids that are able to solve harder puzzles while some older kids with limited fine motor skills may need easier puzzles.
These are just a couple of options. You can find lots more family-friendly puzzles to choose from here.
Note: Our age guidelines are based on those provided by the manufacturers. Use your judgement based on the development stage of your child(ren).
We know dealing with kids and devices can sometimes feel like a full-time job. If you need personalized help with topics such as parental control app installation, device management setup, home web filtering, or anti-virus software, schedule a One to One session where we can assist you via phone or video chat. Does your school, club or organization need a talk for parents and students about dealing with devices, social media and the challenges of juggling it all? Check out in fo on our Talks Modeling, Mentoring and Managing for parents and Digital Citizenship for Kids.