Inside: When you want your teen to unplug, here are 50 screen-free activities your entire family will enjoy (or at least keep them busy for awhile.)
There is no reason to feel guilty for giving your teens a reasonable amount of screen-time. But many parents feel that between school and video games and social media our kids are wired all the time.
You might even be worrying that your kids have a screens or cell phone addiction and it might be time to get all this tech use and social media scrolling under control.
But your kids aren’t little anymore, and they may not think the fun activities they used to do willingly with Mom or Dad have the same appeal.
Sometimes we have to remind our big kids that it’s okay to still remain in their childhood.
You don’t need us to tell you about the dangers of too much screen time. While we think it’s fine for tweens and teenagers to play Fortnite or veg out on an ipad, they also need to function in living color.
If you’re needing a little inspiration to get your tweens and teens to unplug and spend some time on tech-free activities, the following suggestions might help.
Also, instead of constantly battling with your teens about their tech usage, involve them in the process. Plan time for a family meeting and have them talk with you about what they think is a reasonable amount of daily tech time.
You might even have them make a schedule. This is particularly useful in the summer months when there is more downtime.
So, keep this list handy for the whole family, and then when it’s time to turn the devices off, use it as a starting point. They may even forget and the Internet and electronics. Well, at least for a little bit.
More than 50 Activities for Teens and Tweens that Don’t Require a Screen
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2. Grow something. This can be a great way for your tween/teen to develop a new skill and get some fresh air. Let them pick some decorative pots and decide what they want to plant, whether it’s edible or for show.
3. Cook or Bake something. Let them make a cake for a friend or cookies for a cause.
4. Build something. Remember when your kid used to play with legos for hours? There are now so many advanced sets and engineering projects that can keep hands busy for hours. You can also make a deal that they can watch a YouTube video with instructions so they actually feel like they still have access to their screen, but with purpose.
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5. Write Your Own Book or Comic Book. Consider self-publishing it and selling it on Amazon.
6. Read An Adventure Book, or go to a local library and let them pick out any book of their choice.
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8. Color their hair with hair chalk
9. Practice Braiding Hair. Print out some new styles from Pinterest.
10. Learn how to give yourself a Mani/Pedi
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11. Draw or Sketch
12. Try Painting with Watercolors
13. Go old school and learn how to hand letter.
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14. Try A Sudoku puzzle
15. Solve A Mystery Puzzle
16. Figure Out A Logic Puzzle
17. Gaze at the Stars
18. Go Geocaching
19. Take A Hike
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20. Learn To Knit/Crochet/Needlepoint
21. Make A Craft
22. Build A Model
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24. Play Outdoor Games with the neighbors like kickball or Capture the Flag
25. Play Pool Games
27. Go Through Your Stuff And Donate Gently Used Items To Charity
28. Organize A Service Project or Create A Charity
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29. Draw In An Adult Coloring Book
30. Learn to Draw Anime
31. Create Your Own Jewelry
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32. Do Yoga
33. Learn meditation.
34. Start A Journal
36. Wash The Car/Deck/Windows (Be Helpful)
37. Get Ready for The PSAT/ACT/SAT
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38. Organize and Rearrange Your Room
39. Take Photos with A Polaroid And Create a Polaroid Wall
40. Make A Scrap Book
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44. Have A Nerf Gun War
45. Have A Water Balloon Fight
46. Have A Water Gun Battle
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47. Play Darts
48. Try Hacky Sack
49. Work On Your Balance
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50. Bike, Shoot Hoops, Walk/Run The Neighborhood, Jump Rope, Dance To A Favorite Playlist, Kayak, Paddleboard, Skateboard, Practice an Instrument, Juggle A Soccer Ball, Fish, Fly a Kite, Swim Laps, hit a tennis ball against the garage.
51. Learn a new language.
52. Get a part time job.
52. Start your own business, such as pet sitting, dog walking, lawn mowing, or babysitting.
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