When was the last time you had a no screen day? Maybe you’ve stopped the kids from using screens but you’ve carried on?
No Screen Day® is an initiative to get children and young adults to turn off their electronic devices for at least one day a week.
Too much screen time can have a negative impact on kids’ well-being.
So why don’t you try a no screen day or even better, have the whole family ditch the screens for the day?
If you are scratching your head for an idea of what to do and need some great ideas of activities to do when it is raining, here are 8 ideas for things to do without resorting to putting on the TV or computer.
8 No Screen Day Activities Ideas
1. Break out a new puzzle
This is an activity the whole family can enjoy together. Pick up a few jigsaw puzzles and keep them on hand for days when you’re stuck indoors.
They are so therapeutic and work different parts of your brain. When was the last time you’ve done this?
2. Get baking
Being creative has benefits that are good for brain health and physical health. I find when it’s dreary outside, there’s nothing better than cookies fresh out of the oven!
And you can’t beat one-on-one time in the kitchen with your kids. Plus - it incorporates hands-on math and science!
3. Read books
When it’s wet and windy outside, nothing beats curling up under a blanket with a good book. I’ve found that it’s very beneficial for me to sometimes disconnect from the world and get lost in a good story for a couple of hours. So relaxing!
If you want to bring it to the next level, you can always toss some pillows and a blanket into a corner and create a cosy reading nook.
4. Try some new yoga poses
When you’re stuck indoors, it’s important to keep active and moving. Yoga is an awesome way to do that. And for the kids Cosmic Kids Yoga on YouTube is a fun channel to check out.
5. Play Charades
Charades is the outrageously fun and exciting multi-activity game for you and your family - you’re guaranteed a giggle with this one. And the best thing about it: Charades can be played anywhere. I also think coming up with your own lists of charades can add to the fun - each kid can choose their own topic: From sports to movies to animals - the possibilities are endless.
6. Have a Board Games afternoon
A board game night is a very relaxing and fun way to spend an evening or afternoon when you’re having a no screen day. When was the last time you played a board game?
Colouring and drawing can be a great way to pass the time indoors without a screen. If you’re on a tight budget, check out the pound shop for coloring books and supplies. They have a great range of books for adults and kids!