Many kids spend a lot of time in front of the TV or on the iPad, and sometimes even both at the same time. Here are 6 games that will get the kids (and you) away from the screens.
1. Minute to win it games
These quick and easy games can be enjoyed using only a few household items. Set aside time for a different game every day of the week, or run a mini-Olympics in your living room one afternoon. See our favourite ‘minute to win it’ games here
2. Card games
From something as simple as ‘Snap’ to a more complicated game like ‘Cheat’ or ‘Canasta’, card games often go for many rounds, helping to entertain the kids until bedtime. Plus, it can be a good way to teach the kids that games like Solitaire don’t only exist on a screen!
3. Board games
Dust off your old favourites and set them down on the table for a day (or maybe night) of friendly competition and family time. These games are designed to be entertaining and go on for a significant amount of time, so it’s the perfect way to help you have a screen-free night.
4. Running races
The park doesn’t always sound like the most exciting place, but with a game plan it can turn into an event that cannot be missed. Even if your kids aren’t the running types, other races like skipping, hopping or rolling are a great way to spend time together and get outside, away from the TV.
5. Scavenger hunt
If the competition in your house can get a little fierce, there’s nothing better than a mutual prize to get kids working together. Set it up at home or venture out a little further to the local park, leaving clues along the way. The best part is that the prize is completely personal and can be tailored to what your clan craves.
This party classic is perfect for family nights and will still incorporate some of your kids’ favourite screen stars. Play as individuals or in teams, keep score or just do it for the laughs. Charades also gives you a chance to learn a little more about your loved ones and what they’re interested in, and bond as a family.