Weekends and school breaks often lead to kids lazing around, playing on gadgets and watching TV all day. It’s a terrible pattern that running the lives of kids all over the world. Today’s younger generation is being consumed by electronics and something must be done about it! While you may not be able to change this pattern in households everywhere, you can certainly make a difference on your own!
Finding ways to keep kids active at home can be challenging because they’re so used to lounging about for the most part. Nevertheless, we’ve come up with some great ideas to help make your mission a success. Read on!
Solving Jigsaw Puzzles
You’d be surprised as to how many kids get addicted to solving jigsaw puzzles. At first, it may seem like a dull way for your kids to pass time but give it a try. Kids enjoy a challenge and jigsaw puzzles are great for developing cognitive skills. You could also buy smaller puzzles like the 150-piece jigsaws and have races to see who can finish faster. The competition amongst themselves will surely keep them entertained!
Getting your kids involved in arts and crafts is a wonderful way to enhance their creativity and keep them from looking at a screen all day. Look out for some simple do-it-yourself projects and help your kids make this a hobby. Most kids enjoy making things but just be sure to give them age-appropriate projects. If they find something too challenging right away, they’re likely to lose interest.
As clichéd as it sounds, there’s nothing better than getting everyone together with some good ol’ fashioned family games! Pick out games that your kids enjoy (even if you don’t fancy them all that much) and set aside a time and day in the week to play your family games. The trick here is to keep your kids engrossed in something other than cell phones, computers, and televisions.
In all the fun and madness, don’t forget to teach your kids the importance of doing household chores. Each member carries their own responsibilities in the household and it shouldn’t be neglected. So, make up a cleaning schedule that sets aside some time in the day to complete household chores and ensures that your kids follow them before leisure time begins. It’s helpful to give them an allowance or reward at the end of every week SHOULD they carry out their duties properly and in a timely manner.
It’s so important to get your kids more active outside because there are far too many things to consume their time indoors. Whether it’s throwing a frisbee, kicking around a soccer ball or playing catch in the backyard, outdoor activities should be a part of your child’s day to day life. Find out what your kids are interested in and encourage them to pursue it. The more time they spend outside, the lesser they will in front of a screen.