“5 Fun Home Activities to Do with Your Kids” Episode Overview
Larry Hagner and Shawn Stevenson discuss the current staggering statistics of the amount of TV our kids watch on a weekly basis. Larry and Shawn share 5 key strategies to make quality time at home memorable, fun, and interactive without depending on TV.
Listening to this episode will give you ideas that will immediately impact positive interaction with the entire family.
“TV viewing among kids is at an eight-year high. On average, children ages 2-5 spend 32 hours a week in front of a TV — watching television, DVDs, DVR and videos, and using a game console. Kids ages 6-11 spend about 28 hours a week in front of the TV. The vast majority of this viewing (97%) is of live TV.” — University of Michigan study
Larry and Shawn want to help our kids get away from so much solo screen time and to more time making memories with family and interacting in person! They want to help our kids function better in real life and the physical world.
Activity #1: Game Night
A classic family activity. Generally, to have the best game nights, you need to find something that will include everyone and make things fair. Board games are terrific options to play. If you really want to include technology/electronics, then consider using an app version.
- Pictionary/Junior Pictionary (great for laughs with kids)
- Trouble (sound effects add a fun element, especially for younger kids)
- Scrabble/Junior Scrabble
Activity #2: Create Vision Boards
Vision boards allow you to see the life the you want to create. They can be empowering, especially when they can be seen on a daily basis, since it gets ideas and goals out of a person’s mind and makes them more tangible. By using a poster board with images or words found in magazines or online, you can make a collage of all the things you want to see come to pass in your life. Having a few material things on there are OK, but it’s more meaningful to get away from consumerism and materialism.
Vision boards also give an important opportunity to help instill into your kids the power of service, thinking outside of themselves and ways they can contribute and better themselves.
Reasons why this works well as a family activity:
- Great for imagination and creativity
- Creates a creative and interactive fun environment
- Builds relationships and understanding by providing opportunities for conversation and discussion
Activity #3: Movie Night with Flair
If you are going to have screen time, do it as a family and make it an event.
Here are two tips:
- Make it into a “picnic movie night”: Include popcorn/snacks or pizza, drinks, and put down a blanket on the floor
- Choose the movie beforehand so that you’re not wasting time scrolling through Netflix
Activity #4: Create Artwork
Arts and crafts. Pick an activity and get all the supplies before hand. Pinterest is great for ideas!
For example, Larry and his 7 year-old son made Leprechauns this year for St. Patrick’s Day. They made green leprechaun hats and orange beards, and they absolutely loved it.
- Get washable paints, canvases, and smocks (kids will love this!)
- Besides crafts, create other forms of artwork (examples: writing poems or short stories)
Activity #5: Go Outside
Get some of that Vitamin D from sunshine! (Don’t forget the sunscreen.) Take in nature.
Here are some ideas:
- Take a family bike ride
- Make chalk art on the sidewalk and driveway
- Play any sport in the backyard (examples: wiffle ball; soccer; catch with baseball/football)
- Play basketball in the driveway, if you have a hoop
- Take a family walk
- Take a family jog
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Links Mentioned in This Episode
- University of Michigan TV study summary
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