10 Fun Screen-free Activities to Bring You Closer Together as a Family

With limited activity options during the lockdown, we may find ourselves and our little ones spending more time in front of screens than we’d like.

While it is perfectly okay to look after ourselves and our children the way it feels good during the lockdown, even if this involves more screen time, we thought we’d share with you some of our favourite screen-free activity ideas.

1) Exercise together

Find new ways to keep your family active (and sane). PE with Joe Wicks can be a brilliant way to start the day, a long walk after lunch or in the evening can feel very refreshing and helps with a good night’s sleep. Some days are going to be more difficult than others. If what you can achieve is a walk to the nearest park or green space, this is already very beneficial. Being outdoors and moving your body at any age is a great way to boost your energy, mind and mood.

2) Do puzzles

Doing puzzles together is not only fun but also good for you and your little ones – it’s such a wonderful brain workout! Puzzles are a fun way to develop your children’s motor and cognitive skills, boost their self-esteem and help the whole family relax.

3) Cook a meal together

With our busy schedules, it’s not always easy to have dinner together at home, but it is so worth it. Choose one evening a week to cook a delicious meal together and try to have a device-free sit-down family dinner. It is so good for your little explorers to learn about cooking from an early age. Keeping them close to you in the kitchen, getting them familiar with ingredients and experimenting with new foods and flavours all influence little ones’ eating habits, helping them to cultivate a love of food.

4) Play a board game

Get the whole family together for a game or two. Playing board games helps children develop their logic and reasoning skills, improve critical thinking and the ability to concentrate and focus for a longer period of time. Here are some of the best family board games for 2020.

5) Build a blanket fort

Build a fantastic blanket fort with your kids. It’s a great imaginative play and all the kids, big or small, will love it. Plus, it’s super simple to build. You will need blankets and pillows, a few chairs as a main anchor and something heavy to secure the blankets e.g. books. Make the space fun and comfortable and spend a relaxing afternoon in your cosy blanket fort with your little explorers with lovely books, tea and biscuits.

6) Draw on the pavement

During the lockdown children all over the country are sending a message of hope by creating beautiful rainbow art. All you need is chalk and your little ones can create their own rainbow-themed drawings that will brighten up your street.

Source https://www.yorkmix.com/a-city-of-rainbows-yorks-children-show-the-way/

7) Restaurant pretend play

Restaurants are closed but you can recreate your child’s favourite one by setting up a table in the garden, printing out menus and letting them pick their favourite dishes. It can be fun to try and cook the meals yourselves or you can also order takeaway which not only gives you a night off cooking but can also mean a little help for a business that may need all the support at this time.

8) Play a classic outdoor game

Outdoor games are a great and inexpensive way of entertaining your children. They often require little to no preparation which means you can dive straight into a fun afternoon in the fresh outdoor air. Tag is our absolute favourite classic childhood game. It not only teaches children essential social skills but also helps develop their athletic and coordination skills. Plus it can be enjoyed by anyone, anywhere, at any time.

9) Learn a new skill

Learn something new together or find a new hobby. Investing your time and effort in something new will keep the whole family entertained. Is there anything your child is very interested in but never had time to dive into? How to do a handstand? How to decorate cakes? Photography, gardening, flower pressing, origami, astronomy, dancing… The list is endless. Spend some time together helping your children practice their new craft and they may even find a new screen-free obsession.

10) Do chores together

It’s probably not the most exciting activity to do as a family, but it can be very beneficial and even fun – depending on how you look at it. Sharing housework can help children learn life skills, responsibility and self-reliance, teamwork and also planning and time management skills.