5 Screen Free Activities for Children

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Nowadays, screens are hard to avoid. Technology is undeniably greatly beneficial to both adults and children in many ways, but parents tend to worry that their children are spending too much time playing on their digital devices. If that sounds familiar, it would be wise to try and find some ways to help encourage your child to put down their technology and take part in other activities that don’t involve a screen. In doing so, you will protect their physical and mental wellbeing. I have teamed up with a junior school in London to suggest some other alternatives to screens.

  1. Playing Outdoors

The great outdoors offers multisensory experiences for young people and it’s great for their physical and mental health. Exercise and the sounds of nature promote the release of certain endorphins in the body that boost our mood. There are so many activities to choose from when it comes to the outdoors, from walks or bike riding around the park, camping or rock pooling, or even something closer to home like planting seeds in the garden. Exploring nature is great fun for kids, and it also helps them develop a sense of respect for the environment.

  1. Arts & Crafts

Though messy, arts and crafts provide many benefits. They help children develop fine motor skills because they require the use of the small muscles in our hands. They also provide children with the opportunity to be as creative as they please and use their imaginations; they are given the freedom to express themselves.

  1. Cooking

Most kids love to help with the cooking or baking, especially when there’s a tasty treat at the end of it. It helps them develop a variety of key skills, as they must follow instructions, be patient and organised, and even use maths to weigh and measure. Encourage them to try a different recipe each week and write you a shopping list.

  1. Board Games

Believe it or not, board games can be educational, as well as entertaining. Monopoly, for instance, encourages players to carry out basic sums when paying or receiving money. Scrabble, on the other hand, will help your child develop their vocabulary. Even jigsaw puzzles are educational because they teach your child problem solving skills.

  1. Science Experiments

Children are naturally curious and love to experiment and figure out how things work. You probably have plenty of items you could use in an experiment just lying around the house that you could use in a science experiment. Of course, stay safe and be sure to supervise!

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