5 Screen-Free Ways to Keep Your Kids EntertainedDecember 16, 2021
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I can’t believe we’re well into December already; this school year is literally flying by. With holiday break rapidly approaching, I’m on the lookout for fun, engaging ways to keep my kids entertained without a screen. I recently discovered Wondery’s Melon’s House Party and my kids absolutely love it! It’s a story-telling podcast for children that incorporates original musical elements for a fully-immersive experience. Keep reading to learn more about Melon’s House Party, as well as four other screen-free ways to keep kids entertained.
1. Musical Podcast for Kids
Melon’s House Party is perfect for kids between 5-12 years old with new episodes released every Wednesday. There is original, family-friendly music that complements the show’s storyline, making kids feel like they are right in the middle of all the action. Each episode is 30 minutes long, so it’s perfect for playing in the car while tackling errands around town or in the house while tackling chores, coloring, drawing, etc.
The premise behind Melon’s House Party is that the objects around the house sing and speak throughout the day, but only dogs can hear it. Melon is one such dog, who befriends all the items around her: the record player that’s always singing, the computer that’s missing a soul, the couch that’s her best friend, and more. As Melon learns more about the world, she teaches kids the importance of friendship and kindness. Sophia is a huge fan of the show!
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2. Arts & Crafts
Whether your child enjoys a coloring session or getting creative with glue, glitters & stickers, making something special together is always a fun family activity.
3. Nature Walk
We’ve been going on “nature walks” for years. The girls and I will take a walk through the neighborhood, keeping an eye out for specific treasures along the way: fallen leaves of a certain color, a unique branch, pretty flowers, pinecones and more. The girls will then bring home their favorite items and create a fun poster collage with them.
4. Baking & Cooking
Both of my daughters have expressed an interest in helping out in the kitchen. Whether I’m just making dinner on an average night or baking a special cake, I love to give them age-appropriate tasks so they can contribute to the final product. For example, my older one loves to help me measure ingredients while my younger one loves to mix everything together.
5. Playground Visit
A surefire way to keep the kids happy without a screen is to visit the local playground. Whether we go alone or with friends, spending some time out in the great outdoors, while getting physically active, is great for both the body and soul.
I hope this post inspired you with some easy ways to get the kids off their screens. Don’t forget to check out Melon’s House Party and let your kids experience this fun musical podcast for themselves! What is your favorite way to keep the kids entertained without a screen?
How fun for kids! I love your list. My daughter is all about being outside in nature. My son is the one who needs more help since he loves his video games!
Cooking with my boys is something that I enjoy. This is something that we need to do more of.
This is great info. Fighting with my son over screen time is a battle that is now over, he moved out! I hope he realizes the real world is much better!
Good, safe and fun things to entertain the little ones.it’s good to get them involved in things other computer games.
This is the second time I have heard Melon’s Party House mentioned. We’ll definitely be checking that out!
These are all great tips! My kids and I enjoy cooking and doing crafts together as well as exploring the outdoors.
Screen-free activities are good for all of us, but I truly love these for kids. Fun!
This is such a really amazing and very informative post! This is so perfect for kids!
Any tips on helping reduce screen time are great!!! I do try to do as many as I can myself but juggling work and 3 kids mean that baking and going out don’t happen as much.
I loved cooking with my son and today is loves to cook. He is actually a very accomplished cook.
I love baking and cooking with the kids. It’s always fun discovering and experimenting new recipes with them
I really needed this! I have been using way too much screens to keep my son entertained.
I love cooking with my kids. Especially during holiday season is so fun baking and decorating cookies.
with my daughter, it is always time in the kitchen – baking and cooking up new things.. with my son, it is reading…
These are all great suggestions, but I’m extra excited to check out the Podcast. I haven’t gotten into too many with my kids, but the ones they like they absolutely beg to listen to!
We love getting outside or painting!
These are some great alternatives to screen time.
Giving kids better alternatives to playing video games and watching TV, is the best way to limit screen time.
I am always looking for good ways to get the kids off their electronics. I am worried about winter break! Thanks for the suggestions.
I will share these with my sister for my nieces. Thanks for sharing!