Modern technology has taken over such a large part of our lives these days, from a very young age, which means a lot of family fun has been replaced with solo screen time. This is hardly fun for the whole family, so we wanted to put together some ideas for fun family activities for home … that don’t involve technology!!
Switching off your devices and spending quality time together is so important for a family… whether your are a family of 2 or a family of 12! Switching off is necessary! When we are always connected, we struggle to truly relax and this is not a great combination for a happy household!
Instead focus on having quality family fun time each week to connect, relax and enjoy one another’s company! Here are some ideas to get you started with our tech-free family activities you can do at home:
12 TECH-FREE FAMILY ACTIVITIES FOR HOME
1 – BACKYARD PICNIC
Picnics are great fun and you don’t even have to go out to enjoy one! Pull out your picnic rug and set up a family picnic in your own backyard. At least if you forget something, someone can run inside and grab it… a luxury you often don’t get at a picnic!
2 – FLIP THROUGH OLD PHOTOS
Whether you are pulling out the dusty old photo albums or plugging an SD card into the TV, there is great joy in reminiscing moments from the past with loved ones. Maybe you even have some old family movies on VHS or DVD to watch too. This is especially fun seeing how much kids have grown up… plus kids love seeing themselves as babies, usually! I am a project life scrapbooker so we have lots of albums and photo books from different years in our families life. Very special to browse with our girls.
3 – PLANT A GARDEN
Does someone in the family have a green thumb? Even if you don’t, there’s no better time than now to start. Plant some veggie seeds or get some flower plants and make a bright corner in your backyard that you can watch grow together. If you do decide to go for the fruit and veggies, it’s even more fun when the time comes to pick and eat your harvest! And if space is limited, do a planter box garden instead.
4 – HAVE A GAME NIGHT
No, I don’t mean plug in the Xbox for a night of electronic gaming! I mean an old fashioned board game night! There are so many fun board games available these days and with a bit of healthy competition, the laughs are sure to follow! We will be playing Game of Things at our next game night with family and friends.
5 – COOK TOGETHER
Okay, so this does use a form of technology… but kitchen appliances are fine, right?! Plan and cook a meal together. 3 courses or more and enjoy the feast together! There’s plenty of fun to be had in the kitchen, plus you’re teaching the kids some useful skills for when they are old enough to take over ;)
6 – STARGAZING
Throw a picnic rug down on the grass, or if you’re lucky enough to have a trampoline that’s even better and everyone can get ready for some star gazing. Take in turns trying to find shapes in the star formations or spotting constellations. It sure beats another night staring at the TV screen!
7 – THEME NIGHTS
Got a quiet weekend coming up? There’s no reason you can’t host your own Mexican soiree or PJ party at home! Plan your menu to suit your theme, dress up, play some appropriate music and have your own mini party at home. So much family fun… or extend it to some friends to come join in too!
8 – PUZZLES
Our 4.5 year old is suddenly obsessed with puzzles and not small ones either. 500 & 1000 piece ones usually so she needs a little help sometimes from me. If your kids enjoy puzzles, why not set one up as a family challenge and build it together. You can each work on different sections and enjoy seeing the finished product!
9 – WATER FUN
Depending on what time of year it is where you are, water activities can be good fun on a hot day! If you’re lucky enough to have a pool.. you’re sorted! If not you can set up a sprinkler to run through, or have a water pistol fight. Trust me… you don’t need to be a kid to enjoy this! As teenagers we would often have water bomb fights too. Great fun except for the clean up afterwards so the water pistols are a cleaner option! And reusable of course.
Find lots of water play activities for preschoolers and older children here.
10 – OUTDOOR GAMES DAY
Set up a relay or adventure course in your backyard and have fun in the sun. You could do sack races, egg and spoon races and plenty of other fun outdoor activities that get kids active, laughing and having great family fun at home.
11 – GET ARTSTY
Feeling a bit creative? Pull out some paints or pencils or any other crafty materials and have a family art day! You could make a canvas together to hang on the wall of the house! So fun and a one of a kind of course! Kids love getting messy of course!
12 – LEARN A NEW SKILL
Always wanted to learn how to cross stitch or make model cars, or maybe you want to master golf. Why not learn as a family? Get everything you need and have a home learning session together. Youtube is always a great help to learn anything and everything of course… although it does break the tech-free rule a little!! How much fun it will be to learn as a family!
Those are just a few ideas for tech-free family activities for home that you can have so that you don’t need to go anywhere or spend a lot to have great memories with your kids! Home is where the heart is and it can be the place of many adventures too!! And technology is not necessary… which is an important lesson for the kiddos!
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