6 screen-free ideas for summer fun

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It is natural for children to feel exhausted after a long school year. Gravitating towards the phone or television may also seem natural due to their accessibility and entertainment. But spending too much time on these devices can strain your eyes, worsen your attention span, and give you headaches, among other repercussions. Instead, take advantage of the great outdoors and free time found with these screen-free activities that will be good for the whole family.

Painting, drawing, coloring and more

Stop by your local craft store and buy the materials your kids are most interested in. From acrylic paints to watercolor sets to coloring books, there are so many options. Consider venturing out to paint places like color me mine where you can choose from dozens of ceramics to decorate. The paint by number kits sold at Michaels are also super fun.

Create and tinker

If painting isn’t your child’s thing, craft stores are full of other activities. Use clay to sculpt tiny creatures or pendants for jewelry. Grab some chalk and have them dress your driveway. make a bracelet in string or beads, the perfect gift for a friend or for yourself. Examine activity kits who have the necessary materials for art projects neatly stored in a container ready to take home!

be bookish

Reading is another passion that many students need to rediscover after becoming exhausted from assigned readings at school. Trying out genres he’s not used to, starting a book club with friends, or reading in a new environment can help your child get back to this fun hobby! Browsing through a library or bookstore or asking friends and family for recommendations are great ways to find new literature. Librarians can also provide suggestions for books to read.

Geronimo and Thea Stilton, Arthur and Who was/is…? are well-known series to consider. Mo Willems, Diana Wynne Jones, and Shel Silverstein are beloved authors you might want to check out. Dedicating a space in your home to reading or storing your books, like a nook, can also inspire you to read knowing there’s a special place for it.

Get your stitch solution

Thick, warm blankets may not be useful just yet, but it’s never too early to start preparing for winter. Scarves, hats, shirts and cardigans are all possibilities when you and your child learn to crochet Where knit. Not to mention stuffed animals and tote bags! Making your own clothes can be sustainable and leaves you free to choose colors, materials and the overall look. Crocheting and knitting has proven to be extremely relaxing and perfect for rainy days.

Go green

Go to a plant store and find a new friend! Caring for a plant can be a rewarding experience that teaches responsibility and how to care for others. Decorating their pot with stickers or paint to create the perfect house can be part of the fun too!

Gardening is another way to become one with nature. Grow your own food or flowers to spice up your garden or kitchen table. Be sure to follow their progress; patience is the key here! Plant Growth Kits are fun and accessible ways to learn about this hobby.

Future foodies

Kids can become master chefs from the comfort of their own home. Whether it’s cooking or baking, with practice they’ll be whipping up delicious treats for the whole family in no time. Consider starting with family recipes that are familiar to you. Cookbooks and subscription boxes are two user-friendly options if you don’t know where to start.

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