We live in a world where technology is a big part of our daily lives. From our televisions to our tablets, we’re surrounded by gadgets almost all the time, as are our children. Far too often, when we hear our kids utter those two dreaded words, ‘I’m bored’, our first line of defense is technology.
The television might be a fantastic way to keep your little ones entertained, but it shouldn’t be your go-to method. In fact, when it comes to kids and tech, limiting their tech-time is a real must. Well, in my household it is, anyway.
I know from experience, how hard keeping your little ones entertained can be. However, I also know that keeping them busy without turning on the TV is possible. It just takes a little bit of creative thinking; that’s all. To help get you started, I thought I would share a few of my fave ideas for keeping your kids occupied without the use of technology:
Children, especially young children, love sensory toys and games. To create your little ones a sensory area to play in, all you need is a few tubs and different materials to place in them.
Fill each bucket with a different substance – rice, marbles, and sand are ideal. Play dough can also be fantastic for sensory play, especially for toddlers. Many people make the mistake of thinking that you have to buy play dough, but that’s not the case, you can easily make it yourself. There are plenty of recipes online for this, so make sure to check them out.
An excellent way to keep your child entertained at home is with a hobby. When it comes to keeping kids occupied, hobbies are ideal, as they can give your child hours and hours of fun. While some children choose to collect stamps or coins, other opt to collect model aircraft. What’s important is that you help your child find a hobby that suits them, it doesn’t matter what it is.
There are so many hobbies to choose from that there is bound to be something that interests your child. If you are unsure about the type of hobby that your child would like, think about their likes and dislikes. Ask yourself, is there anything that they are passionate about?
Kids love craft projects, from drawing and painting to moulding and collaging. Get your child’s craft bits and bobs out on the table, help them come up with an idea for a project, and then leave them to it.
You’ll be amazed at how much fun children can get out of a few simple art materials, especially if they are focusing on a project. To make things more exciting, you could always pop to your closest art store to pick up a few new crafty bits.
Bake a Cake
If your little ones love cooking, an excellent way to keep them away from technology is baking. Allow them to pick a recipe from one of your child-friendly cookbooks and then get them the ingredients for it. For children, tray bakes like brownies and shortbread tend to make good bakes, as do giant cookies. Just remember that when it comes to baking, kids need to be supervised at all times.
Believe it or not, keeping your kids occupied without the use of technology is actually, much easier than you would think.