The Ultimate Guide To Having Fun Without Video Games

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Are your kids spending too much time playing video games? Here’s a list of 50 alternative activities to video games that any age will enjoy.

Do you remember the first video game you played?

Was it the duck shooter game where the dog always laughs when you miss a shot. (This is the first video game I remember playing as a kid).

Or maybe you don’t play video games and it’s difficult to understand why so many are focusing so much of their time and energy on these small screens.

Are your kids spending too much time playing video games? Here's a list of 101 alternative activities to video games that any age will enjoy. Click to read this list. #videogames #toomuchscreentime

50 Things Your Kids Can Do Instead of Play Video Games

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I’m a firm believer in getting off our bums and living life instead of developing relationships with our screens. Don’t misunderstand, technology is amazing and definitely has a place.

But, studies are coming to find more and more that there are HUGE effects on children from video games, (both positive and negative).

Yet, there needs to be a moderation in a child’s screen time. (Remember the saying, “too much of anything is bad?”

So, how do you encourage your child to turn off the screen for a bit? Here is a list of 50 alternative activities to video games. These activities don’t need to replace their video games entirely.

Maybe you and your child can agree to a contract so they can earn screen time…just a thought. Although this list is not inclusive, I hope it’s a good start to what you need.












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    Get A Little Sun – Outside Fun

    1. Ride a bike.

    2. Run through the sprinklers/go swimming.

    3. Have a water balloon fight.

    4. Take pictures.

    5. Go on a rock/leaf scavenger hunt.

    6. Go hiking (with an adult of course).

    7. Set up a tent and campsite in the backyard for the family.

    For The Artist

    8. Learn an instrument.

    9. Paint a picture.

    10. Start a sketchbook.

    11. Write a novel.

    12. Learn to sew. (This sewing machine is perfect for beginners, especially with no sewing experience).

    13. Create a photo book.

    Inside The House – Adventures Indoor

    14. Learn and create origami.

    15. Redesign and decorate a room in the house.

    16. Bake cookies.

    17. Work on a puzzle.

    18. Learn a new language.

    19. Play a board game with a parent or sibling.

    20. Write in a journal.












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      The most important activity you can encourage your child to do is one where they will learn something new, develop relationships, and live life away from their screens.

      I know it's easy to let your child spend time on their video games, especially when they're going through a hard time at home or school. But please remember that moderation in all things is a very good thing.

      Is there something your child loves doing when they're not playing video games? Leave a comment below and share with all of us. Let's keep this list growing.

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      6 thoughts on “The Ultimate Guide To Having Fun Without Video Games”

      1. Skye

        Thank you so much for these suggestions. My son saw build a fort on here and got excited and did just that. I was having such a struggle pulling him off of video games.

        1. Skye, I’m so glad your son built a fort! I hope you both had a lovely time together. Have a great day, friend.

      2. Amy Lee

        Thanks so much for the suggestions!

      3. Ossana Canabate

        I was just glad to have read this. Had been getting really concerned about my grandson but now I see it as a growing up stage other children also going thru same. (Some relief)

        1. Growing up with video games is quite the adventure! It’s all about using the games as a tool, rather than letting them become the master. I hope you’re able to find a happy balance for your grandson where he will be able to enjoy time away from video games as much as he does with them.

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