10 New Years Resolutions for quality screen-free time with kids
In today’s hectic, technology-driven society we can all relate to the challenge of spending quality time with our children away from the screens. Christmas holidays can be brilliant for this. There are loads of opportunities to eat as a family, play board games, do craft activities, go for long walks and reconnect. But how do we keep these family-bonding moments at the front of our minds all through the year? Here are Little Cooks Co’s Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for spending quality time with your kids.
1. The 2020 Photo Book Challenge – one special experience each month.
Buy a photo album, multi-aperture frame or set up an online photo book then commit your family to filling it! Plan one special outing every month, whether that is a beautiful walk, a visit to a theme park or day out with friends. Take pictures to record your outing and pop them in your album or frame. It will give you a lovely family keepsake as well as making lots of happy memories!
2. Ask your child to make a wish list
A bit like their list for Santa, but instead of choosing presents ask them for things they want to do and places they want to go. Write a list and stick it on the wall, ticking them off throughout the year. This can feed into the Photo Book Challenge above!
3. Book a course of lessons
Whatever your child is into; swimming, dance, music or something completely new, there are loads of new courses starting in January. Book a course of lessons, whether it is something you can attend with them or simply hear their excitement afterward, it is a wonderful way of expanding their minds and showing them that you care about their interests and passions.
4. Feed their imaginations
Boys or girls, of whatever age love imaginative play so take the time to feed their imaginations. Build dens (indoors or outdoors), make a pirate ship out of a cardboard box, design a princess dress out of an old sheet. These are the things that make memories that we will all treasure.
5. Board games
Board games tend to come out for Christmas but then get put away for the rest of the year. But they are actually a fantastic way to get the family sitting down together, laughing, sometimes arguing but always having fun. They are also a great way to develop resilience in kids – it requires impulse control, turn-taking, and mental flexibility. Set aside an afternoon or evening once a month to get the games out and relive the Christmas hilarity.
6. Scavenger hunt
Especially when the weather isn’t great it can be hard to get the kids out for a walk in the countryside or in the park. We use a sort of ‘scavenger hunt’ to make it more fun for everyone. Write a list of objects; a feather, an acorn, a white flower, who can find the prettiest leaf etc and set out on an adventure together.
7. Plant seeds
Whether you live in an apartment with a window box or a house with a garden or allotment, watching things grow can be magical for a child of any age. Plant cress seeds, grow vegetables etc but the sense of achievement for both of you seeing something grow from the soil is fantastic!! The January Little Cooks Co box includes some marigold seeds so that is a great way to kick off the year!
8. Read together, craft together
Sometimes the simple activities are the best. Take time to read with your child – choose a series of books (Roald Dahl, Chronicles of Narnia etc) and decide on one night a week when you will read a chapter to your child. It soon becomes a very special part of the week and is a great way to stimulate their imagination and develop language and listening skills. Help them with drawing, painting and crafting. All these things are simple but will mean so much to your child and keep them away from the screens.
9. Cook together
Obviously our favourite!! Time spent together in the kitchen is wonderful bonding time, as well as teaching your child one of life’s most important lifeskills – how to feed themselves! Share your knowledge, teach them about nutrition and watch them develop their fine motor skills. Take the time, relax (mess can easily be cleared up from kitchen surfaces) and enjoy creating with your child.
10. Eat together
Just as important as cooking together is eating together! Put the phones away, sit around the table, turn off the TV and enjoy some quality time and conversation. The table talk cards included in each month’s Little Cooks box are a great way to make this even more fun!
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