In this day and age of technology, seeing a kid play on a smartphone or a tablet is pretty common. It’s not only addictive but it also detaches your kids from the real world and even strains their eyes with prolonged usage. Here are a few ideas to minimize the screen time and maximize fun in your kid’s life.
Gardening is slowly becoming a lost art in the busy lives of urban citizens because of lack of time and space. If you’re one of those lucky ones that actually have a garden or enough space for it, then get your child’s hands dirty and teach them how to plant seeds and take care of the garden. Even if you’re living in an apartment, you can get a pot or two and take your kid’s help in tending to it.
2. Arts and crafts
Go for something simple like origami or you can even do DIY stuff like flower vases, baskets and decorative items for your house. Paper mache is a super versatile for your kid to do a lot of things with. You can also get him/her some paints and colours and have them draw and unleash their creativity to their heart's content.
3. Learning an instrument
There are so many choices like guitar, Piano, drums, violin, Flute and so on for your little one to choose from. Apart from being a great pastime, learning music or an instrument will refine your child’s patience and discipline. Just be prepared for your child to whip out their instrument and play for your guests at a family gathering.
What’s a better way to get your son’s or daughter’s attention away from the screen to the real world than taking them to a fun play area? Maybe even take them to an amusement area once in awhile to have a super-bonding experience as a family. You can even get your kid interested in sports by signing them up for classes or if you can spare the time, playing with them yourself.
5. Reading a book
No matter how many kindles and ipads you own, the feel of having a physical book on your lap as you run your fingers over each page is something that technology can never replicate. Don’t miss out on an opportunity for your child to experience the delights books have to offer.
This might not sound fun for your child, but they might be pleasantly surprised at the end of the day. You can make household chores fun by offering a reward like a candy or a chocolate every time your child finishes a task. Your kid will not only learn how to do household chores but by lending a helping hand, your work is also reduced.