In the modern world, it seems that it’s becoming more and more difficult to find things to do that don’t involve smartphones, TV, or video games. That can be especially hard when you have kids. Kids may love screens, but their growing brains need regular stimulation from much healthier sources.
Visit a Nature Park
It’s hard to overstate the importance of being outside. Even for fully developed adults, being outside can work wonders. The vitamin D from natural sunlight is vital for both your physical and emotional health. Kids almost universally love to play games – so take this opportunity to help them get their blood pumping. Even just playing hide-and-go seek, tag, soccer, or taking turns on a swing set can help drastically. Local parks often will have a playground for children’s use. Even if your local park doesn’t, it will be hugely beneficial to run around outside for a little bit.
Creativity is so important to help develop in children. And when it comes so easily, too! Kids are naturally predisposed toward being creative. They often love trying new things for that reason. By playing around with kid-friendly art, your child will develop creative skills that will last a lifetime. And not only skills – art can help kids develop more tolerance for diverse cultures and perspectives. You can use crayons, markers, watercolors, acrylic paints, Play-Doh, clay, or construction paper to start making some new masterpieces.
There are lots of classic games that can engage kids of all ages. Twister is a full-body, physical game that encourages flexibility and strength. Chess and checkers have more to do with strategy. You can play Monopoly, Connect Four, Guess Who?, Sorry, and more on family game night. If your kids are old enough, you could consider teaching them card games like Solitaire, Poker, or Hearts. There’s a huge amount of fun and wholesome games out there that require only a one-time purchase that is a lot cheaper than any electronic.
No matter what you decide to do with your child, you’re going to be creating happy memories. And that is the most valuable thing your child could ask for. If you make sure to provide a healthy balance of screen time, art, sports, games, and more, your child will be well on their way to becoming the healthy adult that they were always meant to be.
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