20 Screen Free Boredom Busters
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Some of these are great for unsupervised time, while others will need the help or watchful eye of a parent.
1. Create and go on a scavenger hunt.
Parents can create the clues and send the kids off to hunt or vice versa.
2. Write letters or draw pictures to send to a far away friend or relative.
For extra fun, go shopping at the dollar store and put together a little care package to send along with the letters.
3. Set up an at-home spa day and give each other manicures and pedicures, soak in the tub, and do your hair and makeup.
Before hoping in the tub, throw in some bath salts or bath bombs to enjoy.
4. Set up camp in the backyard and imagine you’re trying to survive deep in the woods.
Roast hot dogs and marshmallows around the fire pit. (With adult supervision, of course.)
5. Try out a new recipe together.
Allow older children to take charge of planning and cooking a meal for the family on their own.
6. Sort through old toys and set up a garage sale.
You can make a few extra bucks for your next family outing or just treat everyone to pizza and ice cream.
7. Write and illustrate your own book.
Siblings and friends can collaborate story ideas or one can write while the other handles the pictures.
8. Paint inspiring words and pretty designs on rocks and hide them around town to bring a smile to the faces of others.
Bonus points if you find a rock while you are out hiding yours.
9. Learn a new hobby.
Try knitting, sewing, scrapbooking, woodworking, or gardening. Bonus points if you can spend some time with a grandparent or older friend or relative to learn these new skills.
10. Teach your kids a favorite game from your childhood.
Dust off a forgotten board game, draw a four square court in the driveway with some chalk, or grab a ball, a few neighborhood friends, and play Ante Over.
11. Put on a talent show.
Let the kids go all out, creating their acts, dressing up in costumes, and even inviting friends to come watch the final product.
12. Perform random acts of kindness.
Visit with the elderly, cook a meal for a new mom, or bake cookies for a neighbor.
13. Rearrange or redecorate a bedroom.
Younger kids can create new works of art to hang on the walls in the redesigned space.
14. Wash all the family vehicles.
What seems like a chore to mom and dad is often a lot of fun for the kids!
15. Drive to a different neighborhood and explore a new park!
Be sure to introduce yourselves to someone new while you’re there.
16. Build your vocabulary in a new language.
Arm your kids with a translator dictionary and some post-it notes and let them label common items around the house.
17. Have a dance-off in the living room.
Make up your own dance moves to name after yourself!
18. Relax on a blanket and look for shapes in the clouds.
Make up stories to go with the items that you see.
19. Quiz each other with fun trivia questions.
20. Go for a walk or bicycle ride. Point out fun things while you make your way around your neighborhood.
The sky is literally the limit when it comes to fun and imaginative things to combat boredom. Use this list of ideas to help spark inspiration for screen-free ideas to keep your kids occupied!
Let me know which is your favorite! I love to hear feedback from my readers.