As a busy parent you are the first person to admit that technology, games consoles and tablets can be a life saver at the best of times. Although you do encourage your child to enjoy some screen time, you are aware that they should be limited in their usage so that they don’t rely on their much-loved device as their only form of recreation. For the health of your family, it’s important to plan activities outside of the house and away from technology. This will not only help to keep your overall fitness levels up, but it can also help your child’s development, communication and social skills. Here are a handful of enjoyable family activities which will help to lure them away from their screens and into the great outdoors!
If you want to lure your little ones away from their electronic devices, but keep their mind stimulated at the same time, an escape room is the perfect solution for you. You may want to find a family friendly escape room near you and research the different themes you can try out. Not only does this get everyone out of the house, but it also encourages everyone to work as a team to achieve something together. At the end of your escape room, your family will feel well-accomplished at the end of it!
Going on an old fashioned bike ride together is one of the best ways to enjoy some well deserved family bonding time together. Find a local bike trail that is safe for families and enjoy the experiences of being out on the open road with everyone you love.
There are so many beautiful, picturesque and enjoyable nature trails for you to enjoy as a family unit, so why not do some research and find one close to you? You could incorporate a treasure hunt or create a checklist of wildlife to spot along the way in order to make your nature trail more interactive for your children.
Heading to your local farmyard is a great way to educate your children on animals and how to care for the world around us. In addition to this, studies have also proven that animals and pets can help with your childs’ development and reduce anxiety and stress. Being around animals can have a calming effect on your children so you may find that this type of activity is beneficial to their overall mood.
All of the ideas mentioned above are suitable for families of all ages and they will suit most budgets too. Although it can be very easy to succumb to the joys of screens, it’s also important to teach your child how to develop outside of the home with their loved ones. Planning exciting activities will not only help them to get the most out of the opportunities around them, but they will also be rewarded with every experience they’re lucky enough to have with their parents, grandparents and siblings.