Screen-Free Ways To Keep Your Kids Entertained At Home

 
"There's nothing to do!" How many times a day do you hear that refrain from your kids? TV and online activities are fine in small doses, but they shouldn't be a constant source of entertainment.

Our real estate agents share some of their favorite screen-free ways to entertain their kids. You might even find a new activity you enjoy!
 

1. Solve Puzzles

The word "puzzles" covers a wide variety of formats. Jigsaw puzzles, crosswords, and sudoku are just a few of the available types, offering something for everyone's particular interests. As a bonus, puzzles are great tools for teaching logic and problem-solving skills.
 

2. Learn to Cook

Now that families have more opportunities to share mealtimes, why not go the next step and prepare the meals together? Start by having the kids assist with basic tasks like measuring ingredients and work your way up based on their aptitude.
 

3. Hold a Scavenger Hunt

Create a series of clues kids have to solve that leads them to a household object where they'll find the next clue. Hide a small toy or treat at the final location as a prize for the winner. Depending on the number of people, kids can work individually or in teams.
 

4. Stage a Dance Party

A dance party can be as simple as cranking up the tunes and letting the kids bust a move. Add some variety with a dance-off, where each one takes a turn trying to outdo the others or have the kids create their dances.
 

5. Play Board Games

Classic board games such as Candy Land, Monopoly, and Life still provide hours of fun. If you want to sneak in a little education, choose titles like Scrabble and Rummikub. For some real old-school entertainment, break out a simple deck of playing cards and teach them Hearts, War, Crazy Eights, and more of your childhood favorites.
 

6. Head Outdoors

Many Chattanooga homes for sale have beautiful backyards where kids can get fresh air and sunshine while maintaining social distancing. Nerf sports, tetherball, cornhole, badminton, and croquet are all games that can be played safely outdoors. Let them use sidewalk chalk to brighten your driveway or front walk. Or better yet, explore the Chattanooga Riverwalk. This 16.1-mile trail will allow you to see the Chattanooga area by foot or bike and get some fresh air! Your family will enjoy the beautiful Tennessee scenery, plus this trail is lined with art and sculptures to enhance the natural beauty of this area.
 

7. Read a Book

When kids develop a love of reading, it's a valuable habit that serves them for a lifetime—double the fun with a bingo card that challenges kids to complete reading-related tasks. Audiobooks are lovely for toddlers too young to read on their own, or as a tool to get reluctant readers hooked.
 

8. Start a Garden

Nurturing plants and watching them grow can be deeply rewarding. Also, gardening teaches the value of following through on long-term commitments. Terrariums and container gardens are good options that offer satisfaction without being too demanding.
 

9. Channel Your Inner Artist

Letting kids express their creativity and imagination boosts confidence, builds empathy, and strengthens the mind. Art can be as basic as putting a pencil on paper, or you can add some color with crayons and paint. Use construction paper and old magazines to make collages or mosaics, while you can mix up modeling clay from ingredients found in the kitchen.
 
Buying or selling a home may not sound like fun and games, but you can count on our team to bring you the win. Contact Us at Fletcher Bright Homes for more information.

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